John A. Zikias, Chief Operating Officer, Holmes Oil Company, Inc. has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and category management within the convenience store channel.
John began his convenience store career with 7-Eleven in Houston, TX. At 7-Eleven, he held various positions, including Director of Core Products and Manager of Beverage Marketing. John joined Circle K in 1992 as Director of Beverage Marketing. He held several marketing positions within Circle K and Tosco Marketing Company, including Director of Market Development and Vice President of C-Store Marketing. During the purchase of Tosco by Philips Petroleum, John left to join BP Products North America as Team Leader Category Management, responsible for developing and implementing category management principles to drive profitable revenue growth. In 2002 John left BP and began consulting with Impact 21 Group in Lexington Kentucky and srcg in London England. John managed several key projects with convenience retailers in the US, UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and China to develop and implement category management, marketing and supply chain programs. In 2006, John became COO of Impact 21 Group responsible for project management, client development, and category management initiatives. John joined Thorntons Inc. based in Louisville, KY in August 2009 as Senior VP Marketing and managed the marketing, category management, sales and supply chain functions for 165 stores in five states. In April of 2013 John joined Holmes Oil and is responsible for the all aspects of the company’s Cruizers convenience store business.
John has been an active member of the National Association of Convenience Stores serving on the NACS metrics committee, a member of the NACSPAC committee and chairman of the Midwest NACSPAC golf outing from 2003 through 2005. From 2005 to 2009, John was a member of the NACS membership committee reporting to the NACS supplier board of directors. In 2008 John was selected as a member of the NACS Convention Committee managing the marketing and category management tracks and in 2011 was selected as a member of the NACS Research Committee. In 2009 John was elected to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Retail Federation and is chair of the finance committee. John has been a frequent speaking at the NACS State of The Industry Conference, the annual NACS Show, and NACS Leadership Conference.