Fifty leaders, up-and-comers and mentors in the convenience industry have been named Top Women in Convenience by Convenience Store News.
Top Women in Convenience honorees are selected based on peer nominations detailing candidates’ innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute-problem solving acumen, exceptional performance and selfless charitable participation, among other “above and beyond” attributes.
This year’s judging was conducted by Convenience Store News in conjunction with the Network of Executive Women and the 2017 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board, which includes the five 2016 Women of the Year honorees.
This year’s Top Women in Convenience are:
Women of the Year
Karla Ahlert, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, RaceTrac Petroleum
Elisa Goria, global head of cold dispensed beverages, Circle K Stores Inc.
Ruth Ann Lilly, senior category manager, tobacco, beer and wine, Sunoco
Alicia Logan, district sales manager, Chevron ExtraMile
Lesley Saitta, chief executive officer, Impact 21
Carla Boyington, corporate director, category management, Core-Mark
Kris Condon, director of human resources, Family Express
Suzanne Cramer, director of recruitment and human resources, Rutter’s Farm Stores
Kathy Cunnington, vice president, shared services, North America, Circle K Stores Inc.
Jennifer Eaton, tobacco category manager, GPM Investments
Joan Elsing, zone leader, Kwik Trip
Jodi Gehrts, tobacco category manager, Kum & Go
Monica Hayes, senior director, convenience channel, The Coca-Cola Co.
Kellie Janssen, president, Henry’s Foods
Kim James, global director, brand management, Alimentation Couche-Tard
Natalie Jones, president, Jones Petroleum
Kim Lazerus, vice president, human resources, Maverik
Lisa Luben, foodservice director, Country Fair
Cassandra Matos, director, confections, McLane Co.
Abbey Mitchell, zone manager, General Mills Convenience
Julie Montague, vice president, stores and marketing, Jr. Food Mart
Tonia Petterson, vice president, convenience, Hy-Vee
Becky Schall, director of operations systems, CST Brands
Jackie Tressito, area vice president, Reynolds American Trade Marketing Services
Nancy Tosto, payment systems manager, BP
Nicole Upshaw, executive director, human resources, RaceTrac Petroleum
Allison Wroe, director of marketing, PriceAdvantage
Megan Baccam, director, hot beverages, U.S., Circle K Stores
Marisa Bertha, senior manager, portfolio management, 7-Eleven
Amy DaSilva, human resources communications and systems specialist, QuickChek
Erika Escobar, key account manager, GSP
Heather Johnson, customer business manager, convenience, Mondelez International
Shelby Kemp, marketing specialist, Royal Farms
Rosie Manzanarez, marketing category manager, Kwik Chek Food Stores
Jennifer Megison, director of hot beverages, S&D Coffee & Tea
Kristi Morris, senior manager, food and beverages, RaceTrac Petroleum
Shannon Morton, senior store leader, Giant Eagle/GetGo
Kelly Naudain, senior account manager, Altria Group Distribution Co.
Kimberlee Padilla, national accounts executive, Coca-Cola North America
Mireya Ortiz Rivera, franchise business consultant, Chevron
Emily Stegman, merchandiser, cigarettes and tobacco, 7-Eleven
Holly Veale, product director, foodservice, McLane Co.
Treasa Bowers, vice president of human resources, 7-Eleven
Misha Clark, store manager, Hy-Vee
Carolina Felici, corporate area trainer, Chevron
Monique Horn, chief accounting officer, Family Express
Rhonda Johnston, section sales director, Altria Group Distribution Co.
Jennifer Morgan, district manager, Maverik
Sandy O’Donnell, professional development consultant, RaceTrac Petroleum
Cynthia Rehwaldt, senior manager, training delivery, CST Brands
Winners will be recognized in the August issue of Convenience Store News magazine and at the October awards gala in Chicago. Marcia Clark, the lead Los Angeles prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson "Trial of the Century," will be the keynote speaker at the event.
The 2017 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board includes Laura Asbell, Mondelez International; Blake Benefiel, Altria Distribution Co.; Kimberli Carroll, Ruiz Foods; Pat Cordle, BIC; Niki DePhillips, Kum & Go; Nancy Krawczyk, Network of Executive Women; Sharon Kuncl, Eby-Brown; Danielle Mattiussi, Maverik; David Riser, RJ Reynolds Tobacco and Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven.