CSP's 2015 Retail Leader of the Year—Speedway Convenience Stores president Tony Kenney—was born outside of Cleveland and briefly studied for a career in pharmacy before turning his attention to business and accounting. Here's a brief look at Tony's road to the top of Speedway after graduating in 1976 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in accounting.
Tony joins Marathon Oil as an accountant in domestic production accounting. He meets future wife Jean, also in accounting. Marathon incorporates Emro Marketing to oversee company-operated stations.
Moves to international accounting. Over the next several years, he takes on roles as a division controller for Marathon Pipe Line and as an audit supervisor.
Takes on the role of commercial manager for Emro Marketing.
Speedway chooses Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as its corporate cause. By 2015, it raises more than $68 million
for the network of hospitals.
Marathon and Ashland Petroleum merge, creating Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC. Speedway and SuperAmerica retail chains form subsidiary Speedway SuperAmerica LLC. Tony named VP, fınance and ITS, for Speedway SuperAmerica.
Appointed vice president of business development for Marathon Ashland Petroleum. Tony begins work on the Speedy Rewards loyalty program.
Marathon buys out Ashland’s share of the joint venture.
Promoted to president of Speedway SuperAmerica.
SuperAmerica stores sold to Northern Tier Energy on Dec. 1.
Company spins into two separate entities, Marathon Oil and Marathon Petroleum Corp., on July 1. Retail division renamed Speedway LLC.
Speedway acquires 88 stores from GasAmerica and enters Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Speedway acquires the Hess retail assets of more than 1,200 stores in 15 states. Tony and the executive team introduce the “One company, one vision” mission to unite both retail chains culturally.
By November 2015, Speedway rebrands more than 1,000 of the former Hess retail sites.
In April, Tony celebrates his 40th anniversary with Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Speedway.