Nominations Open for CSNews Top Women in Convenience Awards

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Nominations Open for CSNews Top Women in Convenience Awards


JERSEY CITY, N.J. — After a successful year-one launch in 2014, Convenience Store News is pleased to announce the return of its Top Women in Convenience awards, the industry's first awards program that recognizes women making great contributions to their companies and the convenience retail industry overall. 

This year, the program is being expanded to include even more awards categories. Beginning now, female leaders, mentors and role models in the c-store industry can be nominated as:

  • Women of the Year: Retailer, supplier or wholesaler executives of any rank who have had 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. These visionaries have steered their companies into new markets, new opportunities and strong measurable growth.
  • Senior-Level Leaders: Retailer, supplier and wholesaler executives working with the c-store channel of trade who have executed on a strategy and transformed their business in a positive manner.
  • Rising Stars: Retailers, suppliers and wholesalers with job titles above store manager but below vice president, who are making their mark in the c-store industry even at the early stages of their careers.
  • Mentors: Retailers, suppliers and wholesalers who have made an extraordinary effort and had an extraordinary impact on the careers of their colleagues.
  • Store Managers: Retailers only; outstanding store managers who are dedicated to exceptional customer service, employee development and exceeding business performance goals at their stores.
  • Single-Store Owners: Women entrepreneurs who are successfully managing and growing their independent convenience store.

Top Women in Convenience nominees must either work for a convenience store retail company or a wholesaler or supplier directly serving the convenience store industry.

Nominations should be compiled from achievements during the previous 12 months and illustrate a candidate’s innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute problem-solving acumen, exceptional performance and selfless charitable participation, among other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.

There is no limit to the number of nominations one individual or company can make. Judging will be conducted by CSNews in conjunction with the Network of Executive Women.

The deadline for nominations is April 3. All winners will be notified by the end of April and will be prominently recognized on and in the July issue of Convenience Store News.

Click here for more details and to submit a nomination. There is no entry fee.

Last year’s Top Women in Convenience program honored 15 senior-level executives, eight rising stars and two store managers, along with five leaders selected as Women of the Year. Lauded as Women of the Year were Kim Lubel, president and CEO of CST Brands Inc.; Gwen Forman, vice president of marketing at Cumberland Farms Inc.; Allison Moran, CEO of RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., Barbara Poremba, vice president, national retail sales for the Foodservice in Retail Center of Excellence at Coca-Cola Refreshments; and Jennifer Rhoads, president and CEO of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association.