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NATIONAL REPORT — Retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the convenience store industry are only as good as their management teams and employees. In this special roundup, Convenience Store News runs down the most recent executive changes, new hires, promotions and people achievements happening in the industry.
Andronico's Community Markets
Convenience store industry veteran Cheryl Hughes joined the Andronico's Community Markets executive team as chief financial officer. Hughes formerly held the role of controller for Chemoil, a global oil trading organization and a retail maritime fuel supplier, based in San Francisco. Prior to this role, she was CFO at Pacific Convenience & Fuels, based in Pleasanton, Calif.
Her career in food and retail dates back to her role as director of U.S. Finance with Circle K Stores Inc. During her 15-year tenure there, she was responsible for accounting, finance, tax and risk management with more than $12 billion in annual revenue.
Buddy's Kitchen Inc.
Thomas "Pres" Colwell joined Buddy's Kitchen Inc., a producer and co-packer of custom food products, as president of the company's Convenience and Co-Pack Business Group. Colwell also made an equity investment in the company, alongside current owners CEO Dave Smith and the family of the late founder Buddy Eian.
Colwell has had a more than 25-year career in the foodservice industry including serving as general manager and vice president of sales and marketing at American Food Group as the company entered the cooked meat industry.
Chris Frost, an 11-year veteran with VerticalXchange LLC, has been named president of Certus Manufacturing. Dave Bobert, the entrepreneur who started the coin-operated tire inflation business, is retiring, but will continue to serve as a consultant.
Bobert formed AIR-vend Inc. in 1981 and developed the AIR-vend, AIR-serv and VAC-serv brands. He grew AIR-vend Inc. to nearly 5,000 locations, $20 million in annual sales, and sold all those assets to Prometheus Partners LLP in 1998.
In 2009, Bobert reactivated his company ARV Inc. In March 2015, he sold the assets of ARV Inc. to a group of entrepreneurs and investors based in Eagan, Minn. This buyer group also owns and runs VerticalXchange. The new company was named Certus Manufacturing and is planning to carry on the rich traditions of service and innovative technology that Bobert pioneered.
John Lenzi joined CHS Inc. as vice president, Corporate Compliance. He comes to CHS from KPMG in New York, where he was a director in its Fraud Risk Management group.
Prior to KPMG, Lenzi spent five years at ITT Corp., including four years as vice president, Corporate Responsibility, and chief ethics officer. He also spent the previous 15 years at The Altria Group Inc. in both the corporate compliance function and the government affairs function, including leading Altria's public affairs team in Europe.
Lenzi has been very active in the ethics and compliance profession, including serving on the board of directors of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, one of the nation's leading organizations for ethics professionals.
CHS Inc. operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes the Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.