Convenience Store News

JUL 2015

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60 Convenience Store News | JULY 2015 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Top Women in Convenience teresa smith VP of Operations, Tom Thumb, C-stores/Small Format Division, The Kroger Co. • Smith leads the operations team across four states and partici- pates in planning, analysis and approval of capital projects. • She coordinates store openings, including startup support, mer- chandising, training, store sets, point-of-purchase and execu- tion of all. Additionally, she participates in the site selection and remodel design processes. • Smith lists "shaping a culture laser-focused on both associ- ate and customer engage- ment" as one of her most important missions. Karin thriFt Director of Sales, Convenience, Clif Bar & Co. • Thrift creates and executes the c-store strategy for Clif Bar and develops trade spend, custom- er event budgets and account- specific marketing plans. • Along with leading and men- toring a team that executes strategy through a national broker network, Thrift co-leads the sales team training task force that is responsible for the ongoing professional develop- ment of the entire sales team at Clif Bar. • She helped co-found Discover Y.O.U., a leadership skills development program for high- school students. ginny WeBB Chief Information Officer, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores • Webb is responsible for tech- nology solutions that support the current business along with future growth. • She recruited and hired a team that is responsible for technol- ogy infrastructure, applications and support, and worked with other business teams to deliver new financial processes and reporting plus a mobile app for Love's TireCare business. • She prioritizes collaboration, mentoring and empowerment to allow her team mem- bers to own their decisions and responsibilities. Whitney WooDWarD VP of Human Resources, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. • Woodward leads RaceTrac's human resources team in attract- ing and hiring top talent, assess- ing and developing current talent, and retaining and rewarding RaceTrac's store support center and field team members. • She oversees approximately 100 team members. • Woodward is a founder of RaceTrac's LEAD program, a women's initiative designed to link, empower, achieve and develop future leaders, and is enrolled in a Women's Leadership Program through the Kellogg School of Management. Kathy ronan Customer Sales Executive, Northeast Convenience, The Hershey Co. • Ronan works in conjunction with c-store partners and internal Hershey teams to pro- vide marketing and consumer insights, as well as develop sales and marketing plans to grow profitability. • She was instrumental in build- ing a successful partnership between Hershey and Rutter's Farm Stores, having helped develop Hershey's participation in the launch of the Rutter's Rewards program. • Ronan has been recognized as a top sales performer and honored for her commitment to partner success. melissa rosen Founder & CEO, Locali Conscious Convenience • Rosen is involved in every facet of the business and has daily involvement in store operations that span menu development to staff training. • She served as the driving force that grew Locali from a simple neighborhood market to a thriv- ing three-store chain. Rosen plans for Locali to begin national expansion via corporate-owned and franchised units in 2016. • As a small business consultant, Rosen advises local food arti- san startups and woman-owned entities. She was named one of Los Angeles' most influential businesswomen of 2010. toBi-lee russell VP of Human Resources, Cumberland Farms • Russell is responsible for tal- ent management, acquisition, benefits and engagement at Cumberland Farms, where she drives organizational change through strategic design, devel- opment and implementation of leadership, employee engage- ment, recruiting and training, and benefit initiatives. • She leads a team of 28 human resources professionals. • To enhance company lead- ers' skills at engaging and motivating their teams, Russell designed and implemented a leadership development roadmap. BeCKy shotWell President, Stop'nGo of Medina • Shotwell has been involved with the family-owned c-store busi- ness since 1987 and has experi- ence in store operations, training, acquisitions and marketing. • She is a past chair of the Ohio Association of Convenience Stores board and has served on the board for more than 20 years. She also served as a past chair for the National Convenience Store Advisory Group. • Awards presented to Shotwell include the Medina County Development Business Leader of the Year Award and the Medina Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.

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