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ATLANTA -- Max Lenker will retire from the president position on Dec. 31 after 40 years with RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
Lenker began his tenure with the Atlanta-based convenience store operator as a company pilot in 1974. Throughout the past four decades, he served in several roles. He started what became RaceTrac's real estate department at a time when the company's team member-operated store count was approximately 20 with annual sales of $35.6 million. At the time, he was responsible for real estate acquisition, and merchandise and gasoline purchasing.
He later moved to vice president of purchasing and executive vice president. Lenker was promoted to president of RaceTrac in 1986.
Prior to joining RaceTrac, Lenker served as a helicopter and airplane pilot in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He graduated summa cum laude from Troy State University in Alabama.
According to the company, RaceTrac's store count currently stands at 372 with sales of $8.8 billion in 2013 -- due in large measure to Lenker's dedication and business savvy.
"He has been an ideal partner for me over the last 40 years. Max is my close friend and trusted confidante. Without the leadership and considerable contribution of Max’s talent, RaceTrac would not be the fine company that it has become today," said RaceTrac Chairman Carl Bolch Jr.
Lenker will continue to serve on the company's board of directors.