Gabe Olives Joins Impact 21 as Executive Vice President of Energy

New leader appointed as ‘the industry shifts considerably toward alternative fuels and EV’
Gabe Olives, Impact 21
Photograph courtesy of Impact 21

Impact 21, a consulting firm in the convenience, energy and specialty retail channels, has named Gabe Olives as executive vice president of energy.

Olives has experience in technology, energy management and government relations, along with nearly 40 years in the convenience store channel.

“In his new role, Gabe will lead the industry and Impact 21 clients through the changes impacting the energy supply chain,” said Lisa Biggs, CEO of Lexington, Kentucky-based Impact 21. “His leadership and team’s support will be critical as the industry shifts considerably toward alternative fuels and EV, while still managing the complexities of wholesale, distribution, transportation and retailing of petroleum and biofuels. With Gabe’s broad view of the industry from a fuel strategy, technology and regulatory perspective, he is uniquely positioned to blaze the trail.”

Olives has been active as an advocate for process improvement and technical standards and is a frequent speaker and contributor to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Conexxus, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and trade publications.

Olives currently serves on the Transportation Energy Institute (formerly The Fuels Institute) board of advisors. Gabe also leads the BDX(big data exchange) committee for Conexxus and serves on the board of advisors. He served as chairman of Conexxus in 2015 and served on the board of directors of PCATS as its chairman in 2009. He has also served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and as chairman of their Fuels Committee.

While he will continue to support his current clients and projects, his primary focus will be dedicated to Energy.

“It is an honor to be a key player during such a pivotal time in the Energy Industry,” said Olives. “As the world of alternative fuel and EV progresses and the role of transportation fuels shifts, it is critical to move forward intentionally. There’s a whole gambit of factors, strategies and investments to be considered by suppliers, retailers and organizations to understand how they’re going to persevere and continue to grow profitability. Understanding the velocity and timing of the transition requires a strategy nimble enough to adapt.”

To maximize Impact 21’s energy efforts, Olives will be supported by two energy leaders, Alvin Fortson, wholesale fuels and logistics and Anila Siraj, EV, who will lead a team of industry experts.

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