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GPM Promotes Lilly to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising

Convenience-industry veteran is a CSP Category Manager of the Year honoree
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RICHMOND, Va. — GPM Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of convenience-store operator and petroleum wholesaler ARKO Corp., has promoted Ruth Ann Lilly to the position of senior vice president of marketing and merchandising.

Lilly is a seasoned executive with 31 years’ experience in the c-store industry. She joined GPM in 2017 as senior category manager of tobacco. In 2019, the company promoted her to vice president of marketing and merchandising, where she continued to develop and implement innovative programs that continue to generate strong results, including GPM’s marketing strategy and processes.

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“Ruth Ann is a pioneer in this industry, and a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of GPM that attracts top-level talent like her,” said Mike Bloom, executive vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer of GPM. “Through her leadership, she and her team have worked tirelessly to elevate our family of community brands, growing our fas REWARDS program and spearheading innovative promotions and new offerings, which has significantly enhanced the customer experience and the benefits we offer our loyal members.”

GPM is No. 6 on CSP’s 2022 Top 40 Update to the 2021 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the full 2022 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine.

Based in Richmond, Va., ARKO operates in three reportable segments: retail, which includes convenience stores selling fuel products and other merchandise to retail customers; wholesale, which supplies fuel to independent dealers and consignment agents; and GPM Petroleum, which sells and supplies fuel to ARKO’s retail and wholesale sites. GPM operates or supplies 1,406 convenience stores and 1,628 wholesale sites in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Brands include Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Scotchman, BreadBox, Young's, Li'l Cricket, Next Door Store, Village Pantry, Apple Market, Jiffi Stop, Admiral, Roadrunner Markets, Jiffy Food Marts, E-Z Mart, 1 Stop,TownStar, ExpressStop and Handy Mart.

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