Convenience-Store Retailers From EG America, Kwik Trip, Yesway, More Join C-StoreTEC Advisory Board

Group will propel technology innovation, expansion in the convenience industry

CSP has formed its inaugural C-StoreTEC Advisory Board. Comprising a dynamic and experienced group of industry leaders and technology experts, the board will provide strategic guidance, insights and recommendations to tackle the biggest technology needs within the industry. The C-StoreTEC Advisory Board aims to improve industry standards and identify emerging trends while developing roadmaps that address these needs.

Leading the charge as chairman of the C-StoreTEC Advisory Board is Art Sebastian, founder and managing partner at Nexchapter LLC and former vice president of digital experiences with Casey's General Stores. With a career marked by innovation and transformative leadership in convenience and grocery retailing, Sebastian is uniquely positioned to steer the board toward shaping the future of the industry.

The newly appointed C-StoreTEC Advisory Board includes:

  1. Art Sebastian, CEO, NexChapter Inc.
  2. Kieran Carr, director of talent acquisition, EG America
  3. Richard Guidry, senior vice president of food service, GPM
  4. David Jackson, director of loyalty and digital marketing, Kwik Trip
  5. Jason Craig, executive director of guest experience and digital, RaceTrac
  6. Jamie Miller, executive director of marketing, RaceTrac
  7. Lisa Ham, director of merchandising and space planning, Yesway
  8. Kristin Sword, manager of e-commerce and loyalty, Jacksons
  9. Justin Mitchell, vice president of information technology, Refuel
  10. Rachel Puepke, vice president of marketing and merchandising, CEFCO
  11. Fidaa Mohrez, director of operational systems, H&S
  12. Chris Hartman, vice president of advertising, fuels and development, Rutter’s
  13. Scott Smith, senior director of information technology, Parker’s
  14. Nick Triantafellou, director of merchandising and marketing, Weigel’s
  15. Chris Thomsen, chief information officer, Dash In/The Wills Group
  16. Blackie Wills, president and CEO, Dash In/The Wills Group
  17. Ben Hoffmeyer, vice president of marketing and merchandising, TXB
  18. Jake Kiser, chief customer officer, Stuzo
  19. John Donnelly lll, chief revenue officer, DTiQ
  20. Krister Hampton, senior manager industry engagement, Altria

Each member brings a unique set of skills and perspectives that collectively positions the board to revolutionize the convenience retail industry's technological landscape. Together, they will work collaboratively to shape the future of convenience retail by fostering innovation, addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for technological advancements.

“In an era defined by technological evolution, the convenience retail industry stands at the cusp of unprecedented transformation,” said Sebastian. “As chairman, my vision is to harness the collective expertise of our esteemed board members to drive technological advancements that will not only meet but exceed the industry's evolving needs.

“Together, we aspire to redefine possibilities and inspire a wave of innovation that will propel convenience retail into a dynamic and prosperous future.”

C-Store TEC’s Advisory Board, year-round print and digital programs and its flagship conference will enable the industry to unlock immense growth potential, ensuring every operator can thrive in an increasingly tech-driven landscape while delivering exceptional customer experiences at every touchpoint.

Retailers looking for more information can contact Mitch Morrison, vice president of retailer relations at Technology Solution Providers looking for more information can contact Jeanie Hornung, vice president of enterprise sales at Visit for more information.

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