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Stan Sheetz, president of Altoona, Pa.-based convenience chain Sheetz Inc., has been named Western Pennsylvania Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the consumer products and services category.

"When the first convenience store opened it was cutting edge. Today, they're everywhere, and to succeed in the business you have to differentiate your store from all the rest," said Sheetz. "That's where entrepreneurship comes in -- at Sheetz we differentiate ourselves by listening to our customers and employees."

Sheetz was one of 24 finalists chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of local community and business leaders. He and the seven other Western Pennsylvania winners will now be considered for the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will be announced in November at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif.

In other people news, Daniel S. Sanders, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., and vice president, Exxon Mobil Corp., will retire on Aug. 31 after more than 43 years of service. Sanders, 64, joined the company in 1961 and was elected to his current job in January 1999.

It is anticipated that the board of directors will appoint Michael J. Dolan as president, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., and elect him a vice president of the corporation effective Sept. 1. In the interim, Dolan will become executive vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., effective Aug. 1. Dolan is currently deputy to the president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co. Dolan, 50, joined the company in 1980. During his career, he has managed many of the major product groups in ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and served as its regional director for the Middle East and Africa.

Stephen D. Pryor, currently executive vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., will become deputy to the president, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co., effective Aug. 1. Pryor, 54, joined the company in 1971 and has held his current position since January 2002.
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