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05/20/2022

Convenience Store News Names 2022 Top Women in Convenience

This year's awards program celebrates its largest class yet of female leaders and rising stars.
Angela Hanson
Senior Editor
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CHICAGO — Convenience Store News will celebrate its largest class yet of Top Women in Convenience (TWIC) during the annual program's awards ceremony this fall.

The CSNews team in partnership with the 2022 TWIC Advisory Board selected 91 female leaders from the retailer, wholesaler and supplier communities as this year's honorees.

The 2022 TWIC class  is comprised of five Women of the Year, 36 Senior-Level Leaders, 40 Rising Stars, and 10 Mentors. 

The winners were chosen based on nominations received from their peers. Drawing from achievements during the previous 12 months, nominators were asked to illustrate the candidate's innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute problem-solving acumen, exceptional performance, mentorship work and its outcome for mentees, and selfless charitable participation, along with any other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.

WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Recognized for having an exceptional impact on the success or direction of their company, as well as a positive impact on the convenience store industry as a whole.

  • Holly Angell, Senior Vice President, Construction, Engineering & Facilities, 7-Eleven Inc.
  • Allison Cornish, Vice President of Store Modernization, Pilot Co.
  • Danielle Holloway, Senior Director of Industry Engagement, Altria Group Distribution Co.
  • Julie Jackson, President, G&M Oil Co.
  • Colette Matthews, Vice President, Customer Experience, Global Marketing, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K

SENIOR-LEVEL LEADERS

Retailer, supplier and wholesaler executives at the level of director or vice president and above who work with the c-store channel of trade and who have executed on a strategy and transformed their business in a positive manner.

  • Anne Alabaugh, Division Vice President, Store Operations, Casey's General Stores Inc.
  • Gwen Andrews, Director, Northeast Convenience, The Hershey Co.
  • Trish Bay, Senior Director, Trade Marketing, Phoenix Region, Reynolds Marketing Services Co.
  • Elizabeth Benson, Director of Process Improvement & Efficiencies, Maverik Inc. 
  • Marla Benson, Senior Channel Operations Manager, Mars Wrigley
  • Sandie Bower, Director of Operations, 7-Eleven Inc.
  • Capri Brixey, Vice President/Group Manager Retail, The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Brigid Brown, Director of Financial Reporting, Thorntons LLC 
  • Chelsea Carvalho, Senior District Manager, Beck Suppliers
  • Gina Clemente, Senior Director, Operations Services & Transformation, GetGo Cafe &Market
  • Brandi Cushman, Director of Purchasing & Merchandising, C.N. Brown Co.
  • Magda Delattre, Senior Manager of Insights and Analytics, Sheetz Inc. 
  • Sherryn Diamond, Director of Foodservice, High's
  • Melanie Disney, Director of Human Resources, Weigel's Stores Inc.
  • Kristina Fisher, Restaurant Division Director, Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K
  • Jessica Flaten, Director of Brand Marketing, ITG Brands
  • Sherri Fleming-Ramler, Senior Director of Region Sales & Operations, Murphy USA Inc.
  • Sri Gouri, Director of Commercial Sales Insights, PepsiCo Inc. 
  • Carey Haubonschild, Senior Marketing Manager Convenience, Boston Beer Co.
  • Angelica Krott, Vice President of Technology, StrasGlobal
  • Ali Marciano, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Core-Mark
  • Sheila Merrigan, Senior Director of Regional Operations, Alpine Region, Maverik Inc.
  • Kendra Meyer, Vice President of Real Estate, Casey's General Stores Inc.
  • Jamie Miller, Executive Director of Marketing, RaceTrac Inc. 
  • Kristine Modugno, Director of Category Management, Nouria Energy
  • Barbara Nova, Senior Director, Category Management & Pricebook, Dash In Food Stores
  • Jackie Palmer, Division President, McLane Mid-Atlantic, McLane Co. Inc. 
  • Suzy Peel, Head of Real Estate for the Western U.S., Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K
  • Rachel Pickett, Assistant General Counsel, Murphy USA Inc.
  • Kimberly Ross, West Area Vice President of Sales, ITG Brands
  • Vareesha Shariff, Product Director, Fresh Foods, 7-Eleven Inc.
  • Misty Skipper, Vice President of Merchandising, Marketing & External Affairs, GATE Petroleum
  • Jean Terminiello, Senior Director, Americas — Convenience and Away From Home, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
  • Michele Truelove, Vice President of Operations, High's
  • Paula Weeks, Director of Industry Affairs, The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Jessica Wright, Senior Director Experiential Marketing, Reynolds American 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. 

  • Katerina Bakunina, Senior Manager, Strategic Accounts, PDI
  • Michelle Barnett,Retail Zone Leader, Kwik Trip Inc. 
  • Megan Binkley, Store Manager, Rutter's
  • Katie Bondy, Senior National Account Manager, McLane Co. Inc.
  • Stephanie Bruns, Senior Commercial Marketing Manager, Heineken USA
  • Julie Burke, District Manager, Casey's
  • Mckenzie Coleman, Senior Manager of Retail Solutions & E-commerce, RaceTrac Inc.
  • Maria Esquer, Division Manager, Alta Convenience
  • Elaine Jacobs, Senior Store Leader, GetGo
  • Erin Kohne, Director, Global Military Sales, Anheuser-Busch
  • Toral Kothari, Senior Director of Sales, PBNA, PepsiCo
  • Sarah Kovac, Director of Architecture & Engineering, Maverik — Adventure's First Stop
  • Kelsey Leighton, Central Operations Specialist, GetGo
  • Jennifer Lestochi, Prepared Foods Category Leader, Sheetz
  • Kim Lippert, Director, Acquisition Integration, Casey's
  • Sara Martindale, Sales Director, PBNA, PepsiCo
  • Erin Matosziuk, Director of Talent Development, Sheetz
  • Erica Murray, Director of Operations Programs, Technology & Planning, Thorntons LLC 
  • Melody McCarthy, Marketing Manager, Enmarket
  • Caylin McCombs,National Accounts Director, ITG Brands
  • Alexandra McGuire, Senior Account Manager, Altria Group Distribution Co.
  • Ann Myint, Category Specialist, ExtraMile Convenience Stores LLC
  • Kellye Ogle, Director, Procurement, Murphy USA
  • Karylann Oxley, COCO Business Consultant, Chevron
  • Dea Pennington, Senior Manager, External Communications, 7-Eleven
  • Kelly Rand, Director, IT Strategy and Change Management, Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K
  • Ashley Ray, Senior Director, People Support, Maverik
  • Jenny Rinehart, Director of Digital Marketing & Personalization, Casey's
  • Julie Rodgers, Marketing Director, Gulf Coast Business Unit, Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K
  • Megan Sandlin, Senior Manager, Customer Planning & Development, Tyson
  • Julie Seefus, Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Supervisor, Hy-Vee
  • Gina Sorensen, IT Service Desk Manager, Yesway
  • April Stanford, Director of Convenience Sales, General Mills
  • Jessica Starnes, Category Manager, Tobacco & Loyalty, Weigel's
  • Jasmine Struble, Category Manager, Dispensed Beverages, Yesway
  • Sandra Sydlik, Product Marketing Manager, Stuzo
  • Kristen Turner, Senior National Account Manager, PFNA, PepsiCo
  • Tavay Watson, Fresh Food Support Coordinator, Thorntons LLC 
  • Renee Williams, Customer Development Director, Coca-Cola Consolidated
  • Elaine Yee, Director, Consumer & Market Intelligence, ITG Brands

MENTORS

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

  • Nancy Andrus, Division Director of Sales & Operations, Murphy USA 
  • Anne Cauthron, Director, Learning & Development, Murphy USA 
  • Karin Dahl, Director of Solutions Delivery, Maverik — Adventure's First Stop
  • Letty George, Director, Global Communications, Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K
  • Jessica Hendrickson, Vice President - Sales Infrastructure and Trade Marketing, Altria Group Distribution Co.
  • Lisa Klamer, Executive Store Leader, GetGo 
  • Jami McDermid, President Sales Agency, Crossmark 
  • Angela Pimental, Executive Director of Environmental & Licensing, RaceTrac Inc.
  • Stephanie Simon, Business Development Manager, Swedish Match
  • Vanessa Turner, Executive Team Leader, GetGo 

All of this year's honorees will be celebrated at an awards gala to be held Oct. 2 in Las Vegas, against the backdrop of the 2022 NACS Show.

Supporters of the 2022 Top Women in Convenience program include: founding and presenting sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; platinum sponsors ITG Brands, PepsiCo Inc. and Reynolds Marketing Services Co.; gold sponsors Anheuser-Busch InBev, BIC USA, Boston Beer Co., The Coca-Cola Co., The Hershey Co., Mars Wrigley, Molson Coors Beverage Co., Mondelēz International, Proctor & Gamble and Tyson Convenience; and silver sponsors Diageo Beer Co., FIFCO USA, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Premier Manufacturing Inc., and Ruiz Food Products.

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Angela Hanson
Angela Hanson is Senior Editor of Convenience Store News. Read More