Convenience Store News

NOV 2016

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24 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM was "humbled to be part of this awards program and the industry in general, with its diversity and vibrancy." Sponsors of the 2016 TWIC program included pre- senting sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; plati- num sponsors R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Ruiz Foods; and gold sponsors BIC Consumer Products, The Coca-Cola Co., Eby-Brown Co. LLC, The Hershey Co., Logic Premium Electronic Cigarettes, McLane Co. Inc., and Mondelez International Inc. CSN their colleagues), five store managers, and two single- store owners. "Women are making an impact in leadership roles. … We need to embrace our women, and embrace the inclusion of women, men and the next generation," remarked Dagmar Boggs, TWIC alumnus and president of the 7-Eleven Global Customer Team for The Coca- Cola Co. Boggs spoke on behalf of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), a TWIC program partner. As in years past, the honorees were chosen based on nominations received from their peers, drawing from achievements during the previous 12 months. From the entire pool of nominees, judges also chose five as the best of the best and awarded them the title of Women of the Year. The 2016 Women of the Year were: Laura Asbell, regional vice president of convenience for Mondelez International Inc.; Niki DePhillips, senior vice president, store development for Kum & Go LC; Sharon Kuncl, vice president, merchandising — food- service at Eby-Brown Co. LLC; Danielle Mattiussi, vice president, retail adventures for Maverik Inc.; and Nancy Smith, senior vice president, merchandising, fresh food and beverages at 7-Eleven Inc. "[These] five women have been selected as our 2016 Women of the Year for their exceptional impact not only on the success of their own companies, but also their positive impact on the convenience store industry overall," Linda Lisanti, editor-in-chief of CSNews, told the audience. During her acceptance speech, Kuncl noted that when it comes to women in leadership roles, they often have to make sacrifices. She expressed gratitude for her family's support at home. Mattiussi, during her turn at the podium, said she This year's 21 Rising Stars honorees showed off their new hardware. The year's top store managers took their turn in the spotlight. Five women were celebrated for their mentoring skills. A total of 24 senior-level leaders were recognized.

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