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  • C-store Operations and Marketing Professional with Regional and Travel Center Operations Expertise
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    Relevant Experience – 22 years

    •  5 years – Southwest Regional C-store and Travel Center Chain – Retail Operations Director (COOP) – 39 c-store and travel center locations
    • 4 years – Northern CA Distributor and C-Store Chain – Retail Operations DM
    • 9 years – Arco/AMPM – COOP and Training Operations
    • 3 years – 7-Eleven – Franchise Operations

    Special Contributions

    • Strong knowledge and experience with fuel pricing and margins.
    • Most recent responsibilities cover a large Southwestern region, requiring strong prioritization and organization skills.
    • Great combination of operations, marketing, merchandising and category management skills would be very helpful to a dealer organization.
    • Complete marketing (category management, pricing, merchandising, vendor negotiations, promotions) and operations responsibilities for high volume travel centers enable him to be a well-rounded business consultant for dealers.
    • Continually sets and achieves high standards for site appearance and operations. Has the street credibility to impress upon accounts the right way / best way to attract and keep the customer.
    • Progression through all positions – Store GM to Director of Operations provides the foundation for excellent recommendations and strategies.
    • Strong project management skills via heavy involvement in 5 new-to-industry locations. This includes layout, equipment selection, contractor follow-up and operational readiness.
    • Track record with 7-Eleven, Arco AM/PM, and other branded facilities provide the knowledge and experience to successfully implement and track compliance of branded programs.
    • This candidate’s enthusiasm for our industry has earned him nearly every position and promotion he’s been awarded. It is this same passion that enables him to continue learning and developing solutions for challenging problems.
    • Excellent relationship skills – vendors, employees, Store Managers, dealers, ownership.
    • Regardless of the issue or challenge, he finds a way to overcome it.
    • Exceptional track record in attracting and retaining retail talent in tight labor markets.

    Other Notes

    • Excellent proactive communication skills with every level of the organization and field operations. This enables company management to have results information while enabling candidate to work effectively without supervision.
    • Great ability to create a vision for how the business should be run, develop the strategy and then implement the action plans.
    • Very adept at developing recruiting and retention solutions in very tight labor market
    • Noted for his ability to transfer his passion for the business into results
    • Active in the church and community fund raising organizations
    • Very professional image, clean cut, stays in shape, very devoted to his family


    • Compensation expectations in line with Sr. DM or Region Operations Director positions. Candidate is primarily interested in companies and opportunities offering growth potential.
    • Quick availability
    • Flexible relocation. Home sale is not an issue in current market – exceptionally strong housing market. Minimal relocation assistance required.


  • Category
    Retail Operations Management
  • Contact
    Contact Us Regarding Candidate # 23421Email: Klaus Kokott


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