Joe Sheetz, executive vice president of finance and store development, formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for Sheetz Inc., beginning Oct. 1, 2013.
Current Chief Executive Stan Sheetz left the presidency after 18 successful years and will stay active in the role of chairman.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of my family’s company,” said Joe Sheetz. “The vision of my uncles Bob and Steve fueled Sheetz for more than 60 years, not only to stay in business, but to help move the entire industry forward. Add to that the drive and focus Stan brought to this position and I suddenly find myself with quite a legacy to preserve.”
Joe Sheetz has served as executive vice president of finance since 1996, but added store development and IT to his responsibilities after his father “Big Joe” Sheetz passed away in 2006. Under his guidance, Sheetz has built almost 100 new Convenience Restaurants across six states. Joe Sheetz also oversees the challenge of remodeling and rebuilding older locations to keep them current with the latest kitchen design and food service technology.
“We made the decision last year for Joe to take over as president and CEO,” said Stan Sheetz. “I’m excited to say that his transition is complete and I look forward to watching him develop. Joe has a well-rounded background within the company. His experience as leader of several departments has fully prepared him take Sheetz to new heights.”
Joe Sheetz graduated from the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania and started working for the family business as director of personnel in 1995.
Stan Sheetz is celebrating more than 35 years with Sheetz and has been involved with the company on many levels his entire life. In July 2012, Sheetz became the first c-store to be named a Golden Chain Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News with Stan one of five executives nominated for the Foodservice Operator of the Year. He is the only convenience leader to be named among Chain Store Age’s “25 Most Influential Retailers.”
Sheetz was also honored by the International Food Manufacturer’s Association with the Silver Plate Award in 2001—another first for a convenience operator.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pa., Sheetz Inc. operates more than 450 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.