Our Team

PRESIDENT

Steve Montgomery

Steve is President of b2b Solutions.

Steve has over 35 years of experience that spans top management positions in both entrepreneurial and large corporate business environments. He has served as President and Member of the Board of Directors for Dairy Mart Corporation, and as General Manager for Convenience Stores and Manager of Convenience Retail Strategies and Programs for Amoco Oil Company.

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Ed Collupy b2b Solutions
CONSULTING PARTNER

Ed Collupy

Ed has more more than 30 years of retail systems experience in the convenience store and grocery retail channels. Most recently as The Pantry’s Vice President of Information Technology. Ed led The Pantry’s technology plans through their rapid growth from 400 stores to over 1500 stores.

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CONSULTING PARTNER

Avry Davidovich, Ph.D.

Avry has 30 years experience in the convenience retailing / petroleum marketing industry. As a retailer, he has held positions ranging from store manager through the president and C.E.O. In addition to his extensive retail experience, he led NRC Financial Advisers M&A practice. In this area, Avry performed evaluations of over 5,200 retail locations including over 20 chains ranging in size from 20 sites to some of the largest chains in the industry with over a dozen chains of 100 locations or more.

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Dean Dirks

Dean has had a long career in foodservice and c-stores that began in his father’s grocery stores at age eight (8). He worked his way through college at Safeway. After graduating from Washington State University in 1983, Dean accepted a position in retail foodservice with Marriott. In this role, he supervised branded concepts including Starbucks, Dominoes Pizza, Godfather’s and Little Caesars as well as proprietary food service. As a consultant Dean has worked with Arby’s, Church’s Chicken, Qdoba’s as well as many proprietary foodservice concepts.

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Doug Hecker b2b Solutions
CONSULTING PARTNER

Doug Hecker

Doug has over 38 years of experience that spans top marketing and operations management positions in number of large C-Store businesses. Led the Marketing and Field Merchandising teams for United Pacific with more than 360 convenience stores in 4 states. Also served in a dual role as VP of Operations and VP of Marketing for 18 months. While working at Shelvspace Doug helped brand / product owners get their products “Retail Ready” and then improved their opportunity to get on the shelf and in stores. Doug also served as the VP of Marketing at Circle K as well as an operator in Arizona as the Region VP. While at 7-Eleven Doug merited repeated promotion to oversee the execution of operations and develop marketing communications for franchised stores, ensuring adherence to franchise agreements. Doug established this own successful enterprise providing consultation and management services to clients at Philipe’s Pizza and JH Equipment Leasing. The position entailed running day to day business operations; interacting with product manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers and managing the Philipe’s Pizza outsourced broker network.

Doug is a Certified Coach from the Coach Training Alliance and attended marketing and business development work at Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Business and an Advanced Marketing Course at the University of Texas, Austin. Graduated from Cerritos Community College and Cal State Los Angeles.

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Deborah Holland

Deborah has over 20 years food industry experience, with specialized expertise in new concept development and turn-around/revitalization situations. She has served in a number of key positions in the foodservice industry, including Steak And Ale Restaurant Concept Management for the Metro Media Group; The New Concept Development Team Eatzi’s while at Brinker International; National Director Of Food-Service Operations for Whole Foods Market, Inc.; Director Of Meal Solutions Departments for The Tops Markets Division of Ahold USA Inc.; and President and Founder of Food Sense.

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Greg Jones

Greg has over 40 years of c-store management experience with specialized expertise in developing “Best Practice Process” for all facets of convenience retailing. As President of Retail for Kellam Distributing, he led the growth of a retail start up that resulted in the Shore Stop/Auto Plus chain. He has had profit and loss responsibility at several levels of multi-unit operations including Vice President of Operations at Mini Mart, Inc and Zone Manager for 7-Eleven.

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Lou Maiellano b2b Solutions
CONSULTING PARTNER

Lou Maiellano

Lou Maiellano has 25 years experience and is a broadly experienced marketing/sales manager with significant credentials in the convenience store and tobacco business. Most recently he was National Category Manager for Sunoco Inc. where he created and managed strategy and profitability for the $395 million tobacco category. Lou has also held operational positions at Sunoco, Mobil, Macaroni Grill and Wawa.

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Terry McKenna

Terry has over 30 years’ experience in the convenience retail / petroleum marketing industry. He began his career in 1979 with Mobil Oil Corporation, U.S Marketing Division where he held numerous field and headquarters positions in marketing, training, advertising, and planning, working with all classes-of-trades. Terry led the development and implementation of a Mobil’s retail national customer service strategy, in addition to leading the achievement of ISO-9002 certification for customer service for convenience stores for Mobil’s Singapore marketing affiliate.

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Linda McKenna-Welch

For the last four years Linda has been facilitating the Convenience Store Leadership Academy to clients large and small across the United States. This industry specific customized offering is transforming managers and supervisors to leaders and coaches. Linda’s been a top rated and requested speaker at NACS and CSP events as well as various state associations.

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Robert O'Rear

Bob has almost 50 years experience that encompasses positions ranging from Territory Sales and Field Marketing Manager to President and Owner. After holding a series of ever going more responsibly sales positions with the Lever Brothers Company, Bob joined Gallo Wineries as the Field Marketing Manager for all chain accounts headquartered in the Southeast.

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Patrick Raycroft

Patrick has 22 years of IT experience in the manufacturing and convenience retail / petroleum marketing industries. He has extensive experience as part of senior management teams at BP and Amoco. He directed the development and implementation of IT consolidation and integration efforts required to support two successive multi-billion dollar mergers. He managed the design and implementation of Amoco’s retail systems including their site networking and card processing platforms.

CONSULTING PARTNER

Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter is a native of Toledo, Ohio where after graduating from high school he served in the United States Air Force. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1972 Bill returned to Toledo and attended the University of Toledo majoring in Criminal Justice. In 1974, Bill attended Gormac Polygraph School, Pasadena, California and after graduation began Ritter & Associates. Bill’s career has been devoted exclusively to retail loss prevention and specific loss investigations for the convenience store industry. During his 43-year career he has conducted in excess of 9,000 investigations and interviewed over 47,000 employees for various convenience store companies. These investigations and interviews have led to successful prosecutions and well over $8,000,000 in restitution.

CONSULTING PARTNER

John Schaninger

John has a lifetime of retailing experience beginning with working in his family’s grocery store, where he first developed his love of product and customers. Upon selling the family enterprise, John joined the team at QuickChek, a New Jersey food centric chain of convenience stores. He rose through the corporation in varied operational roles, eventually becoming VP of Operations, and then transitioning to VP of Sales and Marketing.

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Brian Sibila

Brian has nearly 20 years of experience in convenience retailing and petroleum related real estate and financial analysis. Formerly a Manager of Business Development with NRC Realty and Capital Advisors, he has been involved with sales of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations representing clients ranging from major oil companies like Sunoco and BP to regional distributors. Brian has participated in the valuation of businesses over $2B. Additionally, Brian has significant experience working with banks and other financial institutions on dispositions and management of distressed assets, and has served as a court appointed receiver in many foreclosure matters. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois.

Jerry Weiner
CONSULTING PARTNER

Jerry Weiner

Jerry has 45 years’ experience in marketing and operations for Convenience Stores and Restaurants. From 1972 to 2018; he owned and operated 2 Deli’s in West Palm Beach Florida. Worked for 5 Convenience store companies in multiple operations and marketing roles; 7-Eleven, National Convenience Stores, Crown Central Petroleum, Mapco, and Rutter’s. Worked for Marriott in their Host division where, as Director of Food &Beverage, he operated several different restaurants and bars as well as QSR brands; Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Mrs. Fields Cookies, TCBY, & Nathan’s.

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Jessica Williams

Cross-channel experience covering convenience, grocery, and quick service restaurants makes for a very unique set of skills in the product development space. Specializing in Menu Labeling compliance support, Jessica supports all phases of the product development cycle including product innovation, recipe and cost optimization, commercialization, training, and product launches.

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