Porter Joins Insight Beverages as Director of National Sales

Longtime Royal Buying Group executive will lead efforts to expand c-store channel business

Sharon Porter

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. -- Sharon Porter, who has served as executive vice president of business development for the Royal Buying Group for 10 years, has taken a new position as director of national sales for Insight Beverages, effective Feb. 25.

"I am most pleased to join Insight Beverages and the team they have built to generate truly unique customer focused innovation solutions. I look forward to establishing partnership opportunities to cement convenience retailing as the chosen beverage destination," she said.

Porter is an accomplished executive with exemplary sales, marketing and business development experience. She has a track record of increasing sales and profitability, with specific expertise in launching businesses and new channel solutions to generate revenue opportunities, Insight Beverages said.

"As director of national sales, Sharon will lead our organization in its efforts to expand our core convenience store business, distribution and national accounts. We are very excited to have a person of Sharon's caliber at our company as we continue to expand our business in convenience stores and other foodservice channels," said Bill Flack, vice president of sales for Insight Beverages.

At Royal Buying Group, Porter led operations and strategic direction with full responsibility for bottom-line factors, including long-range planning, change management, sales management, high-level negotiations, channel positioning and marketing direction. Prior to Royal Buying Group, Porter worked for DCT Inc., a multi-unit operator of fast food and c-store outlets. Porter started her career in the c-store channel as a field consultant with 7-Eleven.

"I am excited to continue my career in this great channel," Porter said. "I am proud of the fantastic team at Royal Buying Group and their commitment to independent operators and growing manufacturer/supplier/distributor initiatives in the c-store channel. I know they look forward to continuing that vital role."

Based in Lisle, Ill., RBG is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of c-stores, petroleum locations, college book stores, truckstops/travel plaza, auto repair facilities, drug stores, tobacco outlets and liquor stores. Its core service capabilities include negotiating with regional and national suppliers for sales and marketing programs and providing category management, marketing support and customer service support.

Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Insight Beverages manufactures and distributes cappuccino, hot chocolate, frozen cappuccino, barista products, fruit smoothies, frozen granitas, tea products and iced coffee for a broad spectrum of companies in foodservice, including beverage manufacturers, food and beverage distributors, coffee roasters and restaurant chains. It also specializes in serving retail, grocery and c-store chains.