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JUL 2015

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66 Convenience Store News | JULY 2015 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Top Women in Convenience aBBy Panfil Retail Director, Sales Strategy & Planning, Kellogg Specialty Channels • Panfil leads the internal group that collaborates with the Kellogg Specialty Channels' retail sales team, responsible for driving growth in the c-store, vending and alternative retail channels. • She won the 2013 Golden K Award for performance excel- lence with the internal team and for customer responsibility. • The Purdue University graduate participates in the Supply Chain and RQT Task Force. She is also the Southwest community leader for Kellogg's Women's Employee Resource Group, Women of Kellogg. shaunna Patrick Director, West Area Convenience Business, The Hershey Co. • Patrick is responsible for managing and delivering sales targets and financial budgets for The Hershey Co.'s West Area convenience business, which spans from Texas to Oregon. • The 10-year sales and category management veteran has held leadership roles at Anheuser Busch In-Bev SA in addition to Hershey. • Patrick is involved with sev- eral charitable organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of America. JaMie r oDgers Senior Manager, Food Programs & Offers, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. • Rodgers leads a team that manages food programs for more than 380 RaceTrac locations. She implements strategies to grow the retailer's foodservice business via new product development, item optimization and promotions. • Rodgers and her team have been instrumental in growing food sales and margins at RaceTrac while reducing prod- uct waste. She helped create the c-store chain's new Speedy Avocado made-to-order food- service program. • She is an active member of RaceTrac's LEAD women's initiative. stacie tonniges Category Manager, Cigarettes & Tobacco, Casey's General Stores Inc. • Tonniges is responsible for many facets of Casey's tobacco category, including analyzing sales and profit margins, negotiating contracts with manufacturers, analyzing competitors and adding new items to the category. • A Casey's veteran of five-plus years, her tobacco product and merchandising decisions are implemented throughout more than 1,850 c-stores in 14 states. • The Iowa State University gradu- ate was recently elected to the board of directors for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. leah eManuele Assistant to the Director of Marketing, GetGo (Giant Eagle Inc.) • Emanuele develops and executes grand-opening launch plans for new GetGo locations and manages communication to store teams for all promo- tional activities. • She presides over a grand- opening budget of more than $1 million, with a main goal of building community excitement about new GetGo locations, including scheduling VIP par- ties, radio remotes, ribbon-cut- tings, sweepstakes and more. • She is a member of Giant Eagle's Young Professional Organization. Jessica irwin Merchandising Manager, Center of Store, GetGo (Giant Eagle Inc.) • Irwin establishes the category plan, negotiates marketing agreements and delivers sales and margin goals for the candy and general merchandise/ seasonal categories for GetGo. In the past year, the c-store chain's seasonal business experienced double-digit growth under her watch. • Prior to joining GetGo, she spent nine years working in parent company Giant Eagle's merchandising department. • The University of Pittsburgh graduate led the retailer's United Way campaign in 2014. aMy Jowell Zone Merchandising Leader, 7-Eleven Inc. • Jowell manages 7-Eleven's South Florida zone from a merchandis- ing aspect, which consists of approximately 500 stores. • She's achieved a 9.4-percent increase in revenue and a 9.6-percent increase in gross profit under her tenure, grab- bing the top spot within the retailer's Eastern Region, and is on pace for a second consecu- tive record-breaking year. • A four-year 7-Eleven veteran, she is an active member of the Network of Executive Women. elena lau Regional Operations Manager, Loaf 'N Jug, C-stores/ Small Format Division, The Kroger Co. • Lau coordinates daily opera- tions for nine convenience stores (all with gas), as well as four car washes and three food locations that average monthly sales of more than $1.1 mil- lion. She also mentors and manages a team of more than 80 associates. • Her team won Kroger's Most Profitable District award in 2013 and 2014 and the Committed to Community award in 2012 and 2014. Lau has also received the President's Choice Award for her customer-first attitude.

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