This year marks the fifth-annual Convenience Store News Top Women in Convenience awards program.
NEWARK, N.J. — Convenience Store News will welcome 45 more female leaders into its Top Women in Convenience (TWIC) family this fall. TWIC is the first and only convenience store industry awards program that recognizes women making outstanding contributions to their companies and the industry overall.
Now in its fifth year, the program recognizes the integral role women play in convenience retailing and encompasses four different award categories honoring the full retail spectrum, from the C-suite to the store level to the independent entrepreneur.
CSNews, with the help of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and the 2018 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board (which includes all five 2017 Women of the Year honorees), winnowed this year's list of nominations down to the finest female executives, managers and up-and-comers working for convenience store industry retailers, distributors and suppliers.
The judging panel selected five Women of the Year, 15 Senior-Level Leaders, 20 Rising Stars and five Mentors to be inducted into the 2018 TWIC class. The honorees 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, and selfless charitable participation, along with other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.
This year's Top Women in Convenience are:
WOMEN OF THE YEAR
Recognized 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.
Elisabeth Strickland, Director of Marketing, Holmes Oil Co.
Whitney Thomas, Tobacco Category Manager, CL Thomas Inc. dba Speedy Shop
Teresa Voelter, Product Director, General Merchandise, H&B, Auto, Consumer Value Products, McLane Co. Inc.
Parke Whitley, Lead Sales Analyst, Altria Group Distribution Co.
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 & 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 2018 honorees will be celebrated at an awards gala on Oct. 8, taking place around the 2018 NACS Show, the largest annual gathering of the convenience store industry.
Supporters of the 2018 Top Women in Convenience program include: Founding and Presenting Sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; Platinum Sponsors RAI Trade Marketing Services and Ruiz Food Products Inc.; and Gold Sponsors BIC USA Inc., Campbell Soup Co., The Coca-Cola Co., The Hershey Co., Mondelez International Inc., and Procter & Gamble Co.