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NEW and CSNews honor ‘Top Women in Convenience’

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Impact 21 CEO Lesley Saitta was honored at the 2017 Top Women in Convenience Gala.

Forty-five leaders, up-and-comers and mentors in the convenience industry have been named Top Women in Convenience by Convenience Store News and the Network of Executive women.

Top Women in Convenience recognizes women making outstanding contributions to their companies and the industry overall. Awardees 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 NEW and the 2018 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board, which includes all five 2017 Women of the Year honorees.

Women of the Year

Women selected for their exceptional impact on the success or direction of their company, as well as their positive impact on the convenience store industry as a whole:

Line Aarnes, vice president, global marketing, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Laura Aufleger, vice president, corporate communications, OnCue Marketing

Dawn Gillis, senior director, acquisition integration –Tech Services, 7-Eleven Inc.

Missy Mathews, president, Childers Oil Co./Double Kwik C-Stores

Maura Scott, vice president, sales, Altria Group Distribution Co.

Senior-Level Leaders

Retailer, supplier and wholesaler executives who have executed on a strategy and transformed their business in a positive manner:

Lesleigh Batchelor, director of real estate, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.

Bonnie Birollo, vice president of operations, Western Canada Business Unit, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Kimberly Bolin, president and CEO, Convenience Distribution Association

Sanda D’Asaro, vice president, sales analytics, development and technology, Core-Mark International

Janie Dial, director of Fuel, Florida Business Unit, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Kim Duet, chief purchasing/marketing officer, Lyons Specialty Co.

Annette Gantt, category manager, Enmarket

Lisa Geyer, senior director, North America franchise operations and marketing, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Kathy Kilburg, senior director, strategic accounts, RAI Trade Marketing Services

Renee Kristeller, senior director, category management, Snyder's-Lance Inc.

Cindy Rantanen, vice president, centralized operations, EG Group

Debby Smith, category management leader for 7-Eleven business, The Coca-Cola Co.

Yvette Spears, vice president for global Circle K business, The Coca-Cola Co.

Cindi Summers, senior vice president, human resources, Casey's General Stores Inc.

Erica Worrell, regional vice president of sales, S. Abraham & Sons Inc.

Rising Stars

Women with job titles from store manager to just below vice president who are making their mark on the c-store industry even in the early stages of their careers:

Ashley Borden, center of store product director, 7-Eleven Inc.

Sonia Caze, zone manager, convenience team, General Mills Convenience

Alicia Cleary, director, trade relations, Anheuser-Busch

Vanessa Cope, customer sales lead for immediate consumption, Campbell Soup Co.

Kathryn Dalton, senior category manager, tobacco, BP Products NA/ampm

Rachael Geary, category manager, cold dispensed/dry/candy, First Coast Energy/Daily's/Petro Services Inc.

Julie Logan, district leader, GetGo, Giant Eagle

Diana Luk, senior account manager, Altria Group Distribution Co.

Stephanie Martone, category manager, OTP, Cumberland Farms Inc.

Caitlin McCormick, director, marketing development, Core-Mark International

Marie Noelle-Cano, senior director, global communications, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Kessler Pamplin, brand manager, CEFCO Stores

Kate Schuster, director, national convenience customers, Mondelēz International Inc.

Desire Shiffer, director, human resources for U.S. shared services and information technology, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Salena Sims, category manager, beer and dairy, Speedway LLC

Ranata Smiley, restaurant manager, Rutter's

Elizabeth Strickland, director of marketing, Holmes Oil Co.

Whitney Thomas, tobacco category manager, CL Thomas Inc. dba Speedy Shop

Teresa Voelter, product director, general merchandise, health and beauty, auto, consumer value products, McLane Co. Inc.

Parke Whitley, lead sales analyst, Altria Group Distribution Co.

Mentors

Women who have made an extraordinary effort, and had an extraordinary impact, on the careers of their colleagues:

Terrica Bailey, senior manager, partnerships, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.

Cheri Booth, fresh and local category manager, Rutter's

Michelle Davis, training manager, South Atlantic Business Unit, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

Tina Irvine, district manager, Maverik Inc.

Simmi Kelly, director of accounts, Altria Group Distribution Co.

All of the honorees will be celebrated at the Top Women in Convenience awards gala on Oct. 8, 2018, taking place around NACS Show 2018 in Las Vegas.