People in motion: Casey’s General Stores, GPM Investments, Rich Products and VIA Group


Casey General Stores

Katrina Lindsey has joined Casey’s General Stores Inc. as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. This role leads Casey’s legal, risk management, compliance, food safety, government affairs and corporate reporting functions. Lindsey reports to CEO Darren Rebelez.

Lindsey’s experience most recently includes several years at Office Depot where she served as Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary. She has held positions on the Enterprise Information Security Incident Response Team, Enterprise Risk Management Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and governance of sustainable development. In early 2021, she was recruited as Director of Diversity and Senior Vice President of Business Development at a subsidiary of the company.

Prior to Office Depot, Lindsey worked at Darden Restaurants leading the chain’s legal team of over 1,700 restaurants as Senior Vice President, General Counsel Division. Prior to joining Darden, she spent six years at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. She began her career with several years focused on real estate and commercial litigation in law firms.

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Coin Cloud has hired Ray Taddeo as Vice President of Sales. In this role, Taddeo will help accelerate the company’s digital cash machine growth plans currently found in convenience stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and specialty retailers in the United States and Brazil.

Taddeo brings over 20 years of sales and leadership experience to Coin Cloud. During his career, he previously served US retailers with positions at Coinstar, Redbox and InComm Payments.


Gopuff made several executive moves to close out 2021.

The company has appointed Kerry Person as vice president of global supply chain, engineering and delivery operations. Prior to Gopuff, Person served as Chief Operating Officer at Convoy for nearly two years and spent more than a dozen years at Amazon, where he most recently served as Vice President, North American Logistics. Person also spent time at Procter & Gamble as a process engineer.

Additionally, Scott Shaw has joined the company as Vice President of Global Customer Service. Shaw joins Goupff from Alto Pharmacy where he served as Vice President of Care. He also held the previous roles of Director of Customer Service and Continuous Improvement at Amazon, Director of Business Operations at T-Mobile, and Senior Vice President of Customer Experience for the Bank West division of Bank of America. .

Ani Bajirao also joined Gopuff as Senior Engineering Manager. Prior to joining Gopuff, Bajirao served as Head of Product, Engineering and Design at HotelTonight, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2019. Prior to joining HotelTonight over three years ago, Bajirao spent close seven years at, most recently as Director of Engineering, Apps. Earlier in his career, he was also an Android mobile developer for Samsung.

GPM Investments LLC

GPM Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arko Corp., has welcomed Jackie Meekins to the team as a senior marketing analyst.

Meekins joins GPM from 7-Eleven Inc., where she worked as an associate category manager, supporting the cigarette and tobacco categories. In this role, Meekins developed promotional sales plans and managed marketing for promotional activities, field communications and operations for all 7-Eleven stores in the United States. Meekins also facilitated product assortment and the launch of new items.

She comes to GPM with experience in forecasting, discount management, pricing and promotional analysis.

The National Association of Confectioners

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) Board of Directors welcomed Barry Rosenbaum, president of Nassau Candy Distributors, as its new president at its fall meeting.

Rosenbaum succeeds former Paul Chibe, who recently transitioned from his role as CEO, Ferrero North America, to his new role as Global President, Sugar Confectionery and Gums, based in Ferrero’s Luxembourg office.

Additionally, Tony Jacobs, president of Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of Topps Co., is now vice president, a position previously held by Rosenbaum. In addition to their roles on the NCA Board of Directors, Rosenbaum and Jacobs will serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the NCA Vision 2025 Task Force, which aims to better articulate and meet the needs of the NCA and the confectionery industry through the association’s Thrive program. in the 2025 strategic plan.

Rich Products Corp.

President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S.-Canada Region, Ray Burke, retired on December 31, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim Deuschle is retiring on March 31.

Following retirement announcements, the company promoted Kevin Spratt to President, US-Canada Region and David Faturos to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, Dave Cowperthwait will join the leadership team as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, a newly created position at Rich’s. Beyond the core management team, Rich’s announced a number of additional leadership changes, including Lauren Lopez, who was promoted to senior vice president of the foodservice division.

The company also created a new transformation office, which will be overseen by Georgia Dachille, executive vice president, chief innovation, strategy and transformation officer, and led by Kristin Alongi, who has been named vice president. of business transformation. This office will be responsible for creating an organized and focused strategy and governance process around the organization’s portfolio, productivity and digital transformation initiatives.


SIGMA has awarded Tod Butler the 2021 Distinguished Statesman Award from the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA). The award was presented to Butler as an individual whose actions and efforts over the past 50 years have made a significant contribution to the well-being of the retail fuel industry. He is one of five people to have been so honored in the history of the association.

Butler joined SIGMA in the early 1970s as a regular member and was elected Treasurer in 1983. Over the next decade he served on several committees and in 1991 was elected President at a crucial time for independent traders and the industry in general.

In 1995 Butler sold his oil marketing and distribution company and began his 25-year career in financial services. In 2001, he joined Matrix as Vice President of the company’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Investment Banking Group, where he focused on business development and client advisory. He held this role until becoming a senior advisor in 2019. Since joining Matrix, Butler has led the firm’s partnership with SIGMA and has continued to focus on growing the membership of association and as an advisor to its management.

Stewart Enterprises

Stewart’s Enterprises has named Tony Gaines as CEO of the company. A seasoned alcohol and consumer goods (CPG) business leader, he succeeds Peter Strahm, who will transition to Chief Commercial Officer, focusing on US operations and distributor execution.

Gaines comes to Stewart’s with more than 25 years of experience as a beverage alcohol executive. He previously held positions at E&J Gallo Wine Co., Anheuser Busch and Advantage Sales and Marketing where he represented several liquor brands in the military channel worldwide.

In addition to his alcohol-related background, Gaines has worked with Fortune 100 CPG companies and led start-ups to outpace their markets. Most recently, he was CEO of a health and wellness company which he transformed from a struggling CPG sales organization into a leading manufacturing company in the same field.

VIA Group

Branding and marketing experts Gerry Lewis, Roger van den Bergh and Myra Kressner formed VIA Group to diversify the branding options available to convenience retailers and retail associations wishing to project an integrated image across their various channels and group members.

Lewis is the former President and CEO of CDI Group Inc. and has worked with over 300 convenience retailers on five continents.

Kressner previously co-founded a business-to-business media brand covering the convenience and gas industry. She founded Kressner Strategy Group in 2016, bringing her expertise to strategic and tactical planning in the food retail industries, and co-founded The Vision Group in 2020, a business resource group for cross-channel discussion. disruptive solutions. Kressner was a Convenience store news 2021 Top Women in Convenience.

Van den Bergh has created identity design programs for many leading companies, including Continental Airlines (now United Airlines), The Urban Institute, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, and Boeing Co. In collaboration with Lewis, van den Bergh also created the brand identity system for Twice Daily convenience stores and developed brand concepts for Texaco, Mobil, McDonald’s and Irving Oil.


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