CARY, N.C. — The Pantry, an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, announced that Joe Venezia is joining the executive leadership team as SVP operations.
Venezia joins The Pantry from TitleMax. In his new role at The Pantry, he will lead the company’s store operations and be focused on driving sales, improving store productivity, and leading a great store operations team.
Prior to TitleMax, Venezia worked at Walmart where he served in several regional general manager positions before being appointed to division president for the northeast division. In the northeast division, he was responsible for 420 stores and over 100,000 employees. He also worked as president and general manager for Wells Fargo Merchant Services and as a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble.
“Joe is a proven leader with an impressive blend of operating and brand management experience,” said The Pantry’s CEO Dennis Hatchell. “He is ideally suited to lead operations at The Pantry with a successful track record of growing retail and consumer goods sales.”
Venezia earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He has also served as a captain and company commander in the U.S. Army and received a Bronze Star Medal for his bravery during Operation Desert Storm.