Jay Erickson is the president of EG America, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio with oversite of all US activities including 1,042 convenience and fuel centers in 24 states, and a newly acquired fuel wholesale company in New York. EG America is a division of the EG Group based in Blackburn, in the United Kingdom. EG Group operates over 5,400 stores in 7 European countries, Australia and the US.
Jay joined the company in 1995 as a store manager with the Loaf ‘N Jug division of The Kroger Co. C-Stores in Colorado. Throughout his career with Kroger, Jay developed a broad understanding of the fuel and convenience industry by accepting positions in multiple areas of the business.
Initially, with his focus on technology, Jay worked his way from store manager to an analyst position in IT to the Director of Information Systems & Security with the Corporate C-Store Technology team in 2003. In 2010, Jay made the transition to Vice President of Retail Operations followed by the Vice President of Merchandising role two years later. With the diverse understanding of the C-Stores, Jay was asked to lead the Kroger C-Store Transition project with focus on the reorganization of five Kroger C-Store Banners, impacting 786 stores across 18 states.
In 2016, Jay relocated to Cincinnati as the Director of Perishable Merchandising and Food Service in the newly formed centralized C-Store Division of The Kroger Co. The following year, Jay accepted the leadership role of President of the Tom Thumb banner in Florida, and quickly assumed responsibility for the Turkey Hill group of stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In September of 2018, following the acquisition of the Kroger C-Stores by EG Group, Jay took on his current role as President of EG America.
Jay is a graduate of Colorado State University earning both a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Master’s of Science in management information systems. He later earned his MBA from Colorado Technical University.
Jay is a supporter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization and has served as director for the Pueblo Historic Riverwalk Project.
His wife Mindy and their two children, Jay Jr., 13 and Hannah, 16 are transitioning back from Florida this summer to make their home in Cincinnati.