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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Convenience Store News’ blue-chip panel of industry leaders chose Cumberland Farms Inc. CEO Ari Haseotes as winner of this year’s Retailer Executive of the Year award.
This award, now in its third year, recognizes a retailer executive who exemplifies leadership, business acumen, dedication to the industry and commitment to community service. Last year’s Retailer Executive of the Year was Tony Kenney, president of Speedway LLC.
Haseotes, along with the 2016 inductees into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame — QuikTrip Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Chet Cadieux, and Bob Johnson, founder and CEO of The Pinnacle Corp. — will be honored at a gala banquet and induction ceremony this fall in Tulsa, Okla., hometown of Cadieux’s 725-plus unit convenience store chain. The Hall of Fame honors pioneers and innovators for their lifetime of service to the industry.
Cumberland Farms is one of America's largest family-owned convenience store chains. Representing the third generation, Haseotes began his career at Cumberland Farms in the marketing department in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed to the position of vice president of strategic planning and business development within the finance department. Two years later, he was promoted to vice president of marketing and served in that position until his promotion to president and chief operating officer in October 2008.
Effective Sept. 1, 2013, Haseotes was promoted to president and group chief operating officer of the Cumberland Gulf Group of companies. On July 1, 2014, he was named CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group by the company’s board of directors, of which he is also a member.
Haseotes, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University, has previously served as a member of the NACS board of directors (October 2012) and a member of the Client Advisory Board for KSS Fuels Inc. (September 2012).
In addition, he and his wife, Ashley, are the founders of One Mission, a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families.
One Mission is a registered 501(c) (3) foundation that provides help, hope, care and support to children and their families touched by pediatric cancer. One Mission funds patient and family support services and programs that help children and their families cope with the many physical, emotional and financial challenges associated with this disease.