Introducing the 2019 Convenience Store News Top Women in Convenience
NEWARK, N.J. — Convenience Store News will welcome 41 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 sixth 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 2019 TWIC Advisory Board (which includes all five 2018 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, 17 Senior-Level Leaders, 14 Rising Stars and five Mentors to be inducted into the 2019 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
Sarah Bibbs, Vice President, Merchandising, Candy & Snacks, Eby-Brown
Deb Hall Lefevre, Chief Technology Officer, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K
Jayne Rice, Partner, Managing Director and Director of Institutional Sales, Marketing & Investor Relations, Yesway
JoAnn Saverino, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Saverino & Associates Inc.
Rebecca Troutman, Director of eCommerce, 7-Eleven Inc.
Retailer, supplier and wholesaler executives at the level of director or vice president and above who have executed on a strategy and transformed their business in a positive manner
Ericka Ayles, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Yesway
Margaret Barron, Senior Director, Global Brand, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K
Sharon Briggs, Director of Merchandising, Mountaineer Mart
All of the 2019 honorees will be celebrated at an awards gala on Oct. 2, taking place around the 2019 NACS Show, the largest annual gathering of the convenience store industry.
Supporters of the 2019 Top Women in Convenience program include: founding and presenting sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; platinum sponsors Reynolds American Trade Marketing Services and Ruiz Food Products Inc.; and gold sponsors Anheuser-Busch, BIC USA Inc., The Coca-Cola Co., and The Hershey Co.