Nominations Open for CSP’s Second Annual Category Manager of the Year Award

Suppliers to endorse top managers across eight vital c-store categories

category manager of the year

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- Dedicated. Instinctual. Proactive. Laser-focused. Leader. These terms are commonly linked to the elite category managers of the convenience-store industry.

For the second straight year, CSP magazine is inviting the industry’s supplier partners to nominate the category managers who exemplify those characteristics for its Category Manager of the Year Award. Nominations can be made by filling out the entry form at between now and Sept. 9.

“We were humbled by the incredible reaction to the Category Manager of the Year Award when we launched the initiative last year,” said Jim Bursch, executive vice president of convenience for Winsight LLC. “The tremendous support from the entire industry encouraged us to immediately take the program to the next level. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll honor the winners during a special ceremony during Convenience Retailing University.”

Nominations and winners of the Category Manager of the Year Award will be chosen by their supplier partners. Category managers will be awarded in eight product categories:

  • Alcohol Beverages
  • Candy
  • Foodservice
  • General Merchandise/HBC
  • OTP
  • Packaged Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Tobacco

Winners from each category will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony during Convenience Retailing University, to be held Feb. 22-24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. A special profile of the winners will be featured in CSP magazine’s award-winning Category Management Handbook print issue and its digital counterpart.

To see the 2016 winners, click here.

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Winsight is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-store retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. It has a media portfolio including four publications: CSP, Convenience Store Products, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director, a suite of digital products including websites, e-newsletters (including CSP Daily News) and webinars, plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences—Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and MenuDirections—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic Inc., a food-industry provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services.