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Joe Venezia Joins The Pantry

The Pantry appoints new senior vice president of operations. Pantry Inc. has announced that Joe Venezia is joining the executive leadership team as senior vice president of operations. Venezia joins The Pantry from TitleMax. In his new role at The Pantry, he will lead the company’s store operations and be focused on driving sales, improving

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Karl Goodhouse, CEO of Clark Brands, Passes Away

Karl Goodhouse, founder and chief executive of Clark Brands LLC has died at age 57 after a brief battle with cancer. As president and CEO, Goodhouse was responsible for the overall direction of Clark Brands over the last eight years. He took on the duties of guiding all sales and marketing efforts for Clark as

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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Pilot Flying J To Acquire Western Petroleum

“The acquisition of Western Petroleum’s operations and employing Western Petroleum’s talented workforce is a significant complement to an important aspect of our growth strategy,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is acquiring Western Petroleum LLC. Western Petroleum is a market leader in selling and transporting approximately 200 million gallons of fuel and lubricants

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Thorntons Honored as 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky. chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. By John Lofstock, Editor. The late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., once said, “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize. We chose a different path.

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MACS Adds New Executive Leadership Positions

New leaders bring expertise in strategy, brand development and retail focus.   Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), the largest EXXONMobil fuel distributor in the region, has appointed two new members to its executive leadership team. Chad Lusk has been named chief strategy offficer, and Derek Gaskins will serve as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising.

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The Business of Growing

Overcoming the top nine challenges for effectively growing your retail business requires true leadership and patience. By John Lofstock, Editor. The hardest step entrepreneurs take is getting their startup off the ground once and for all. The second hardest step is growing it into the best business it can be. What today’s entrepreneurs and aspiring

Lessons in Leadership

As the director of real estate for High’s of Baltimore and a member of the Darnell family, which owns the Hanover, Md., chain of 69 stores in Maryland and Delaware, Briana Darnell knows first hand the importance of being a strong leader and how it can impact a company’s success.   In her current role, she

$400,000 Bonus Secures Tesoro COO

Weeks into his job as CEO of Tesoro Corp., Greg Goff is securing the company’s top management as he strives to return the San Antonio-based refiner to profitability, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Goff offered Everett Lewis, Tesoro’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, a $400,000 cash retention bonus “as an incentive for his

Loblaw Upgrades Fuel Dispensers

Toronto-based Loblaw Companies Limited is upgrading more than 750 fuel dispensers at 200 locations across Canada with Gilbarco’s FlexPay EMV CRIND Card Reader in Dispenser. The new CRIND complies with EuroPay MasterCard Visa (EMV) payment system requirements, as it handles “chip and PIN” debit and credit cards. “Gilbarco has been our preferred dispenser supplier for

Customer Relations Expert

Ralin Nespeca, the customer contact center manager for Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, learned the value of customer service and an unwavering work ethic at a very young age. Those skills have proved to be a valuable asset on her career path. She joined Love’s in December 2008 as the call center

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