Top Women in Convenience celebrated at NACS
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
female convenience industry veterans were named Women of the Year at the Top
Women in Convenience by Convenience Store News, Oct. 8, 2014 during an awards breakfast co-hosted by NEW at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. The event also honored other outstanding women
leaders, "rising stars" and store managers.
Bowers, president and CEO of CST Brands Inc.; Gwen Forman, vice president of
marketing at Cumberland Farms Inc.; Allison Moran, CEO of RaceTrac
Petroleum Inc.; Barbara Poremba, vice president, national retail sales at Coca-Cola Refreshments; and Jennifer
Rhoads of CEO at Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Association were honored
as Women of the Year.
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awards are very special to me — and, in many ways, long overdue,” said Network
of Executive Women President and CEO Joan Toth, who previously served as publisher of CSNews. "When men and women from the convenience industry and
others founded the Network of Executive Women just 13 years ago, we recognized
there were not enough women leaders in our business. Today, women’s leadership
is recognized for what it is: A competitive advantage and a business
imperative. And our Network has grown from a handful of visionaries to more
than 8,500 members representing 750 retail and consumer goods companies.
There’s still a lot of work to do.”
CSNews Editorial Director Don Longo said, "Just
as women are becoming more of a presence in convenience stores as shoppers,
females are becoming more of a presence in key leadership roles across the
convenience store industry, Women have long held a significant percentage of the store manager positions
in the convenience channel and now, they’re making great strides in middle- and
upper-management positions, breaking the glass ceiling in what was once a
senior-level executives, eight rising stars and two store managers also were
recognized at Convenience Store News’s first-ever Top Women in Convenience
awards celebration. These senior-level executives were honored:
Angela Angelilli, executive vice president, Royal Buying Group
Mary Banmiller, retail operations director, Warrenton Oil Co.
Paula Conti, vice president of customer service, PDI
Lucia Romenello Crater, director of sales, convenience, KIND Healthy Snacks
Susan Curry, vice president of operations, XYIENCE
Sonja Hubbard, CEO, E-Z Mart Stores Inc.
Jennie Jones, vice president of marketing, S&D Coffee & Tea
Kris Kingsbury, marketing and merchandising manager, Robinson Oil Co.
Amy Lane, chief operating officer, The Parker Cos.
Lori Lunt, division manager, Alliance Energy LLC
Mary Szarmach, vice president, trade marketing & government relations,
Smoker Friendly International
Wendy Redmond, director of sales, S&D Coffee & Tea
Debbie Robins, CEO and president, Century Distributors
Yvette Spears, vice president, national retail sales, Coca-Cola North America
Kathy Williams, vice president, national sales, Coca-Cola North America
rising star honorees were:
Jeannie Amerson, advertising & loyalty manager, Flash Foods
Brittany Bayley-Murray, buyer & category manager, Martin & Bayley
Madalena Ferreira, director of c-store operations, Bobby & Steve’s Auto
Tanja Gassenmaier, district manager, The Parker Cos.
Carly Goebel, category buyer, GetGo & Giant Eagle Express
Jedy Majovsky, merchandising specialist, GetGo
Cecilia Ottenweller, c-store specialist and district leader, GetGo
Mila Spencer, benefits manager, Kwik Trip Inc.
managers Diane Hank of L&P Convenient Store and Jan Phipps of Autumn Grove
Tiger Mart/Subway also were honored.
for the Top Women in Convenience Awards were accepted for retailers, suppliers
and wholesalers in three categories: senior-level executives (positions of vice
president and above), rising stars (job titles above store manager, but below
vice president) and store managers. Nominators were asked to illustrate the
candidate's innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and
strategic accomplishments, astute problem-solving acumen, exceptional
performance and selfless charitable participation, along with other attributes
that go above and beyond the call of duty, based on achievements during the
previous 12 months.
Judging was conducted by CSNews in collaboration with NEW.
Reagan Lund of NEW congratulates Woman of the Year awardee
Kim Bowers of CST Brands Inc., with Beth Jarocki of Kraft Foods.