2022 Category Managers of the Year

2022 Category Managers of the Year

Center Store: Kelley Gutierrez

In post-pandemic world, Kelley Gutierrez, center store category manager for Franklin, Tenn.-based MAPCO Express Inc., is eager to use industry networking to her advantage again.

2022 Category Managers of the Year

Foodservice: Sean Miller

Sean Miller, category sales manager of fresh food and coffee, started at QuikTrip as a 16-year-old looking for a part-time job in St. Louis.

Mike Varallo, assortment manager at Wawa, Wawa, Pa., is going all in on the ready-to-drink (RTD)/canned cocktail segment.

“What’s not to love about data?” That’s the view of Shianna Peace, loyalty manager at Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz. Using data insights to not only learn about customers but to then create messaging that resonates with them is what she loves about her category.

Jack Lewis understands the importance of innovation when it comes to products that are performing well and outpaced the market for a year, even during a pandemic.

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Michael Tirey, who has been with Circle K for nearly 15 years, is responsible for category growth across Circle K’s franchise locations, including approximately 800 stores in 34 states.

Nate Louden, senior category manager for coffee at 7-Eleven, joined the company in 2012 as an acquisitions leader, assisting with the development and training of store operators and franchisee in newly acquired territories.

After seven years with Speedway, Ian Cavanaugh became part of the 7-Eleven team this past fall on the heels of 7-Eleven’s acquisition of the Speedway chain from Marathon Petroleum.

After working at Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. for more than 17 years in various roles, Victoria Sheppard knows a thing or two about the convenience-store industry.