Decision Makers – August, 2005

Stop’n Go of Medina (Medina, OH) has named Rich Frank as its new general manager. Frank had been with Stop’n Go as a consultant and project manager for two years and was instrumental in the implementation of a number of projects, including a prototype Stop’n Go store that opened in late April.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco has named Mike DiCio its director of trade relations, replacing Tom Trader, who retired from his position on July 31, 2005. DiCio comes into his new responsibilities with excellent credentials and prior experience in running top quality customer events at both Brown &Williamson and BAT Japan. Reporting to DiCio will be Tim Walsh, manager of trade relations; Brenda Carter, assistant manager of trade relations;and Linda Speaks and Anne-Marie Ohnimus, coordinators.

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has promotedBrendan Moyer to director of Internet strategy and development. Moyer joined NACS in 1999 as an intern assisting NACS’s exhibition staff for the association’s annual Convention & Exposition. He has been promoted several times since,from assistant Web administrator to Web development & administration manager. NACS has also added Jennifer Makarsky as information technology coordinator.

Anheuser-Busch Inc. has promoted 18-year veteran Mamie Haynesfrom manager of trade communications to director of retail sales development and trade communications. Also, the company has appointed Robert C. Lachky,most recently vice president of brand management and director of global creative,to the newly created position of executive vice president, global industry development.Assuming Lachky’s prior position is Marlene V. Coulis, who has served the company for 13 years. Prior to moving into her current position, Coulishas held prior positions in geographic marketing, new product/brand development and marketing research.

– Snack food manufacturer Lance Inc. has announced the resignation of Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary B. Clyde Preslar,who joined Lance as vice president and CFO in 1996. In the interim, DavidV. Singer, president and CEO, will assume Preslar’s responsibilities as CFO.

– KSS, which supplies “intelligent pricing solutions” for the convenience store and retail petroleum industries, has added retail industry veterans ScottStein and Lyle Walker to its management team. Stein joins KSS as vice president of professional services-with nearly 25 years of experience in IT infrastructures, including nine years as chief information/technology officer for Dairy Mart Convenience Stores. Walker, bringing to KSS 25-plus years of retail operations and merchandising experience, including 13 years with Kroger Food Stores, joins the company as vice president of global marketing. Most recently,Walker served Retalix Ltd. as director of marketing.

– Biometric transaction processing innovator BioPay has named Michael Kilcoyne a Colorado based authorized agent. Kilcoyne brings four years of experience selling to the convenience retailing industry, most recently serving Dataworks/The Manager’s Redbook as business development director. He also has been heavily involved with industry organizations like the National Convenience Store Advisory Group and the National Association of Convenience Stores.

Executive Leadership Solutions has added retail veteran Steven Hostetter as senior executive recruiter. Hostetter previously served DBCos. Inc. of Rhode Island and Kangaroo Inc. of Georgia as executive vice president and chief operating officer, respectively. He began his career as a store manager for Sheetz Inc., and eventually worked his way up the ladder to director of operations. After leaving Sheetz, he opened his own chain of 12 convenience stores under Hostetter Oil. After selling that venture, he joined Circle K as a division president.

The Pinnacle Corp. has hired Judy Schmidt as its new manager of marketing and communications to oversee a team of marketing specialists focused on developing and implementing strategic initiatives centered around Pinnacle’s products and services.

– POS integration and back-office solutions provider Success Systems Inc.has appointed two new sales managers for its regional Midwest and Southeast offices. Bob Silver joins the company as territory sales manager for the Midwest office, serving existing customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and new customers in the region. Greg Amestoy will direct all sales in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, working with customers,distributors and EDI partners.

IZZE Beverage Co. has added Maile Buker as its vice president of marketing to oversee brand development, public relations, event marketing,product placement and consumer relations. Before joining IZZE she served a number of companies in product marketing capacities, including Nike, Black Diamond Equipment, Kryptonics and Coors Brewing Co.


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