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JUL 2015

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68 Convenience Store News | JULY 2015 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Top Women in Convenience Veronica Holguin Store Manager, Alon Brands • Holguin oversees five employ- ees at her store, where she manages daily operations including staff training, sched- uling, inventory order manage- ment, maximizing sales by implementing the placement and promotion of new product lines, and promoting the store. • She joined Alon Brands as a sales associate in 2001, was promoted to assistant manager two years later and during her time with the company, has managed five stores, earned her associate's degree and served in the Army Reserve. Soo Sang Store Manager, CST Brands Inc. • Sang is responsible for 12 employees at her location, as well as the total store opera- tion including profit and loss, employee staffing and reten- tion, employee training, safety/ security, environmental compli- ance, customer service, market- ing/merchandising, and more. • She began working for Valero Energy Corp. (now CST Brands) in 1981 at the age of 23, shortly after coming to the United States from Korea. She started as a customer service representative before working her way up to assistant man- ager and then store manager. Janet Stembridge Store Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. • Stembridge oversees one store and 13 team members. She manages the day-to-day operations, develops team members, increases sales and builds lasting relationships with RaceTrac guests. • For eight consecutive years, Stembridge has earned a spot on the RaceTrac Chairman's Council, an annual competi- tion that recognizes RaceTrac store managers in each region who rank in the top 10 percent for profitability, inside margin, team member performance and guest feedback. d'Juana mccartney Part Owner/ Manager, Wooly's One Stop • McCartney oversees all aspects of the store, from hiring and firing to budget and layout. Her stated philosophy is "Customer service comes first; we'll deal with our problems after the customer is taken care of." • McCartney is a mentor to her employees at work and at home. She has reportedly saved marriages, fixed bro- ken homes, helped abused and neglected children, sheltered battered wives and counseled customers. • She is an elected school board member and plays an active role in the community. leSlie conSidine Complex Manager, Ports Petroleum Co. Inc. • Considine oversees one store with seven employees, where her responsibilities include customer and vendor relations, ensuring federal and state safety and labor regulations are followed, employee manage- ment and more. • When the company purchased three gas stations in southern Indiana and Ohio, she spent weeks away from her own sta- tion to provide two of the loca- tions with training and support. • Considine is a part of the company's new manager mentoring program. tina Felton Store Manager, Rutter's Farm Stores • Felton supervises 32 employees and oversees the management and implementation of operations procedures, marketing initiatives, human resources policies, and executive directives including sales growth, customer service, employ- ee training and hiring, expense management and merchandising. • Since May 2006, she has been promoted to store man- ager at three higher volume Rutter's locations. • Felton was named Store Manager of the Year in 2013 and was a Store Manager of the Year finalist in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2008. STORE MANAGERS Join in the Celebration! The 2015 Convenience Store News Top Women in Convenience will be honored at a special reception held during the NACS Show* in October. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room N258 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Each winner may bring a guest and two other attendees from their company. Attendance is limited to the honorees and their guests, or by invita- tion only. For more information, contact Editorial Director Don Longo at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected] Business leaders, solution providers and consumer packaged goods firms may participate as sponsors. For spon- sorship information, contact Chief Brand Officer Korry Stagnito at (224) 632-8171 or [email protected] *Convenience Store News is not affiliated with, endorsed by or approved by the National Association of Convenience Stores or the NACS Show® trade show.

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