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Education, connections and enjoyment.

These are the cornerstones of Winsight’s new Convenience Retailing University (CRU) Community. Our mission is to serve retail and convenience category managers 365 days a year through timely, informative and useful category-focused content, provide a place to convene (even if it is from our homes), and create a platform for buyers and sellers to unite for solutions.

Exclusive content is just a click away.

All content will follow a category-focused format covering:

Packaged Beverage, Behind the Counter, Dispensed Beverage, Technology/Operations, Snacks & Candy, Foodservice, General Merchandise, CBD & Emerging Categories, and Loyalty/Delivery.

Dive into category-focused interviews with Category Manager of the Year (CMOY) finalists, peer-to-peer conversations with industry experts, insightful workshops and quick industry updates.

We will release new content weekly and keep it live year-round, so you can watch it whenever you want.

Explore new products and meet with suppliers from your desk.

Discover the latest solutions and products from our sponsors. Participate in online Share Groups and meet virtually with our supplier partners via CRU Community. Our team will manage all the details, all you need to do is show up and have fun!

Stay connected with the industry, digitally.

Converse with fellow category managers through CRU Community’s discussion forums, moderated by CSP’s editorial team. Gauge the community’s thoughts on a particular topic and take an active role in answers, information and data. The opportunities are endless!



Connect with others in the industry with similar interests and responsibilities.

What is a Share Group?

We will gather 20 retailer category managers within the same category – foodservice, loyalty, etc. – and host a virtual meeting. We will talk about the challenges we’re facing, share solutions and hear from industry experts such as Technomic researchers and CSP editors.

And we will have some fun! Before the meeting, you will receive a care package from us including samples, swag or supplier info. Perhaps we will try some new category products or have some fun with celebrity guests and gift card drawings. After the meeting you will receive a thank you gift from Winsight.

How do you get involved?

You will have an opportunity to apply for one of the Share Groups when you join the CRU Community.

How long is a Share Group meeting?

The Share Groups will take place for up to 3 hours over 2 days (6 hours max).

What else do you receive?

Besides the gift, the care package, the industry contacts and the data and story shares from industry experts, you will also receive a “Certification of Completion” around your category.

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Meet our roster of brilliant industry experts

Dawn Barnett

Packaged Beverage Category Manager
Circle K

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Brad Campbell

Category Leader Tobacco & CBD

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Chris Ghysens

President & CEO of Wawa

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Kelley Gutierrez

Category Manager, Candy & Snacks

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Kevin Harder

Kevin HardCategory Manager – Tobacco & Car Wash

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Christopher Hartman

Director of Fuels, Forecourt and Advertising
The Rutter’s Companies

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Doug Haugh

President, Parkland USA
Parkland Corporation

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Danielle Holloway

Senior Director Industry Engagement
Altria Group Distribution Co

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Steve Holtz

Content Director, Convenience Group
Winsight, LLC

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Donna Hood Crecca


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Kim Jenks

Category Manager
Kwik Trip Inc.

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Andrew Kintigh

Prepared Foods Category Manager

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Arie Kotler

Chief Executive Officer
GPM Investments, LLC

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Larry Levin

Executive Vice President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing

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Jackson Lewis

Editor, Convenience Group
Winsight, LLC

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Abbey Lewis

VP of Content Strategy
Winsight, LLC.

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Steve Loehr

Vice President, Operations Support
Kwik Trip Inc.

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Sally Lyons Wyatt

EVP & Practice Leader

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Mitch Morrison

Vice President, Retailer Relations
Winsight Media

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Hannah Prokop

Associate Editor
CSP Magazine

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Brian Renaud

Director of Retail Fuel Pricing and Analytics
Sheetz Inc.,

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Eric Rush

Digital Marketing and Advertising Manager

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Mark Samuels

Vice President Retail
Dash In

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Greg Scriver

VP of Procurement & Marketing
Kwik Trip Inc.

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Roy Strasburger


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Stephanie Stuckey

Chief Executive Officer
Stuckey's Corporation

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Jessica Tritten

Dispensed Beverage Category Manager
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores

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Laura White

Category Manager, Cigarettes

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A special thank you to all our sponsors.

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