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NATIONAL REPORT -- Southside_Oil , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), recently appointed John Hornyak as senior vice president of wholesale fuels. His duties include oversight of wholesale and commercial customer sales, enhancing Southside's strategic partner profitability.

Hornyak's executive leadership experience with Mobil, ExxonMobil, 76 (Circle K), Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips, and his proven track-record of expertise in all areas of supply, retail and marketing will be an asset to the Southside Oil leadership team, according to Dan Pastor, CEO of MACS.

Horynak most recently comes to Southside Oil from Spirit Ventures, an entrepreneurial business he founded to provide consulting services for acquisitions and consolidation of retail marketing assets.

"To join forces with John at this critical stage of MACS' and Southside Oil's growth is significant," Pastor emphasized. "Our strategic focus on platform development and desire to grow our wholesale and retail organization fits perfectly with John's strengths. We are looking forward to John's leadership as we position ourselves for growth to become the premier wholesale supplier of fuels in the region."

In other industry people news:

CVS Caremark Corp.
Mark S. Cosby was named the new president of CVS/pharmacy, a role that was previously held by CEO Larry Merlo. In his new role, Cosby will be responsible for all aspects of the company's retail business including its more than 7,200 retail stores, 19 distribution centers, as well as retail merchandising, supply chain, marketing, real estate, front store and pharmacy operations. The appointment becomes effective Oct. 1.

In his most recent position, Cosby, 52, was responsible for all Macy's store operations and support functions nationwide. Among other previous positions, Cosby was president of full-line stores for Sears Roebuck & Co. and chief development officer for Yum Brands Inc.

Chute Gerdeman
The retail branding and design firm welcomed three new team members and announced a recent promotion. David Birnbaum has been promoted to director of retail architecture and Gayle Morrison, Doug Young and Amanda Ward have joined the business development team.

According to Chute Gerdeman's President Brian Shafley, Birnbaum "provides strong leadership, particularly on our significant AAFES Exchange account. This promotion recognizes his ongoing role in Chute Gerdeman's success."

With more than 15 years of experience, Morrison joins Chute Gerdeman as director of business development. Young has been hired as manager of business development. And with four years of experience, Ward is another addition to the new business team as manager of business development.

The manufacturer of a full-line of commercial refrigeration systems for over 70 years appointed Steve Asay as national accounts manager-refrigeration, effective immediately. Prior to his appointment with Master-Bilt, Asay served as vice president of sales and marketing for Kairak/ITW.

Asay's "experience in refrigeration, as well as consultant management, makes him a perfect fit for our team," said Bill Huffman, vice president of sales and marketing for Master-Bilt.

This global beverage and foodservice equipment manufacturer appointed Jose G. Avendaño as its vice president of engineering. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company's engineering.

Avendaño was most recently employed at Crane Merchandising Systems as director of refrigeration and product reliability. He has 30 years of product development, product testing and project management experience, including 20 years of appliance experience with GE Venezuela and Maytag and 10 years of foodservice industry experience with Bunn-O-Matic and Crane.

According to CEO Michael G. Tinsley, Avendaño "will add considerable capabilities in product development and support and we're looking forward to his creative and innovative contributions to our product line."

Scotsman Industries
The world's largest commercial ice machine company announced Jose Nicho will join the organization as vice president of sales and marketing -- Latin America, reporting to Kevin Fink, managing director -- Americas.

Fink stated that with Nicho's "extensive knowledge of the foodservice and beverage equipment industry in Latin America, we will be better positioned to compete more effectively in this important and growing market."

After more than 40 years of service, Bill Sleeper, president of Georgia-Pacific Professional Washroom and Wiper Solutions, announced his decision to retire from the company in January 2012.

Effective immediately, Scott Light, currently president of Communications Papers, will assume leadership for the Washroom and Wiper business, and has been promoted to president, Georgia-Pacific Professional Washroom and Wiper Solutions and Communication Papers. He will continue to report to Kathy Walters, executive vice president, Global Consumer Products.

Sleeper and Light will work closely together over the next several months prior to Sleeper's retirement.