Industry Panels

Learn directly from industry subject matter experts how they manage challenges facing c-stores

Tuesday, November 14

8:00 am–9:00 am
More Option 1 (INDUSTRY PANEL): The Workforce: From Liability to Asset

Location: Salon A

Hiring, training and retention can be the biggest weaknesses—and expenses—of a retail brand. But done right, it can also be its biggest tool for profitability and operational success. This session will tackle both regulatory labor issues such as minimum wage and overtime as well as innovative solutions to reduce employee turnover, attract the best team members and even enhance community relations.

Meelad Al-Arashi

VP of Creative & Brand Experience
Kreative Partners

Alaina Lancaster

Associate Editor, Foodservice Content Group
Winsight Media

Mitch Morrison

Vice President of Retailer Relations
Winsight Media

Alex Olympidis

President of Operations
Family Express Corp.

John C. Strickland, Jr.

Wayne Oil Co., Inc.

Moderator: Alaina Lancaster, Associate Editor, Foodservice Content Group, Winsight Media , Mitch Morrison, Vice President of Retailer Relations, Winsight Media
8:00 am–9:00 am
More Option 6 (INDUSTRY ICONS): A Message to the Next Generation of Leaders – Part 1: Panel Discussion

Presented by: Convenience Valet

Location: Salon E

Outlook’s Next Gen Leaders Forum is a rare opportunity for next generation leaders to interact and learn from some of convenience industry’s most respected and veteran business-leaders. The Forum is split into two segments to maximize participant interaction with a selection of industry icons who have made a difference in their organization and in the industry. Following icon presentations in Part 1, participants identify which industry leader they wish to spend an hour with in roundtable discussion the following day. The individual small group discussions with icon will allow inquiring minds to candidly talk about issues, ask specific questions, and make a direct person-to-person connection with leaders of the convenience store community.

Ieva Grimm


Bob Myers

Chairman of the Board
Casey’s General Stores Inc.

Stewart Spinks

The Spinx Company, Inc.

Lynn Wallis

President & CEO
Wallis Companies

Tom Welch

Chairman of the Board
Maverik Inc.

Malik Yousif

President - Operations
MalikYousif Sons Petroleum, Inc.

Moderator: Ieva Grimm, President, SYNERGE
9:20 am–10:00 am
More INDUSTRY PANEL: The Forecourt Tipping Point

The fuel business is encountering a storm of disruptive forces, including a transition to an alternative-fuel future. With experts from both the traditional and unconventional fueling industries, the panel will discuss the potential and timeline for disruption, and how retailers can prepare for the inevitable change.

Garrett Fitzgerald

Manager of Fleet Electrification, Mobility Transformation Program
Rocky Mountain Institute

Devin Lindsay

Principal Research Analyst of Alternative Propulsion Forecasting and Market Analysis
IHS Markit

Samantha Oller

Managing Editor, CSP Magazine
Winsight Media

Norman Turiano

Principal Consultant | Former Senior Manager of Fuel Business Development
Turiano Strategic Consulting | Wawa

Moderator: Samantha Oller, Managing Editor, CSP Magazine, Winsight Media
2:45 pm–3:30 pm
More INDUSTRY PANEL: The Road to Gender Parity

Presented by: Network of Executive Women

Research shows advancing women to leadership roles is not just the right thing to do, it’s competitively advantageous. But societal expectations, corporate culture and women’s individual choices combine to hold women back in ways that may sometimes feel insurmountable. In this panel discussion, industry leaders discuss the career hurdles women encounter and the steps women, managers and organizations can take to support women’s leadership and create a better workplace for all.

Sarah L. Alter

President & CEO
Network of Executive Women

Pete Diatelevi

Vice President, Customer Services
Altria Client Services LLC

Sonja Yates Hubbard, CPA

Chief Executive Officer
E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity
Chevron Corporation

Moderator: Sarah L. Alter, President & CEO, Network of Executive Women