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    CSNews' Lofstock Promoted

    New executive editor will focus on petroleum.

    NEW YORK -- John Lofstock has been promoted to Executive Editor, Petroleum at Convenience Store News.

    Lofstock has been a reporter and editor with CSNews for seven years. For the past three years, he served as Senior Editor News and Online, where his responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day management of the magazine's Web site, CSNews Online. Under his leadership, CSNews Online has won several awards, most recently the Web Marketing Association's "Standard of Excellence."

    Editor-in-Chief Claire Pamplin, in announcing Lofstock's new position, said, "John brings unsurpassed knowledge and expertise to the key position of petroleum editor. His years of covering the convenience store industry from every angle, particularly the in-depth understanding he has gained from daily news reporting and editing will be invaluable as we continue to offer the best petroleum coverage available to c-store/gasoline marketers. All of us here at CSNews are thrilled that John has moved into this important role."

    Lofstock grew up in the petroleum business. His father, Edward Kelly, was an Exxon dealer in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. for more than 30 years before retiring in 1987. He said his experiences growing up will help him bring a fresh, unique perspective to his coverage of the petroleum industry.

    "Some of my earliest memories center around pumping gas at my father's gas station and watching him work on cars," Lofstock said. "The industry was simpler then. He was a mechanic; he really didn't want to add a convenience store, or even a soda machine for that matter. He just wanted to work on cars.

    "I think the evolution from his generation has been fascinating and I am very excited now about having the opportunity to come full circle and study the same industry I enjoyed so much growing up."

    Lofstock's background includes a four-year stint as a news and sports reporter for Gannett Newspapers in New York. He also served eight years in the United States Navy's submarine force in Groton, Conn. and is a veteran of the Gulf War. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in communications at Hunter College of New York.

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