OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- CSP’s 2015 Retail Leader of the Year honoree is Tony Kenney, president of Speedway LLC. Winsight LLC (formerly CSP Business Media and the parent company of CSP) will honor Kenney Monday, Oct. 12, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas during an invitation-only dinner and toast.
The 13th-annual awards dinner and toast honors a convenience-retailing executive for leadership excellence, innovation within the chain and perseverance within his or her company, positively transforming the organization to new and higher levels. Past honorees have included Sam L. Susser, chairman of Susser Petroleum Partners; John MacDougall, president & CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes; Don Zietlow, CEO of Kwik Trip; and Joe DePinto, president & CEO of 7-Eleven Inc.
“Tony Kenney is the real deal,” said Mitch Morrison, vice president and group editor, convenience, for Winsight. “He sets high expectations, knowing that his team will rise to the challenge. He has been instrumental in Speedway’s leap toward the top of many aspects of the convenience-store industry, engineering the biggest M&A deal of 2014 with Speedway’s acquisition of the Hess retail network. The vision, integrity and commitment Tony instills truly shines through everyone he comes into contact with.”
Pioneered by Tony for the past decade, Speedway has taken the company to all-time-high levels. The deal with Hess made Speedway the second-largest company-owned and -operated c-store retailer in the United States, with more than 2,760 stores across 22 states. Speedy Rewards, with more than 5 million members, is the convenience industry’s seminal loyalty program. And the company has a strong commitment to helping others in need. Speedway has donated a total of more than $68 million as a sponsor of the 19 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals for the past 24 years.
Winsight is proud to honor Tony as its 2015 Retail Leader of the Year.
Winsight LLC (formerly CSP Business Media) is a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio of four leading publications, including CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products, a suite of digital products including websites, e-newsletters (Restaurant Business Daily and 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., the leading provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry. Winsight is the recognized leader in the markets it serves. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.