Derek J. Gaskins is the Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Procurement for Yesway. His primary responsibility is to direct all merchandising and procurement efforts as well as develop relationships with Yesway’s vendors. He will lead the efforts to establish a marketing and merchandising playbook to improve the organization’s go-to-market strategic plan. Derek will also help to further cultivate the growth and stewardship of the Yesway brand with a keen focus on ensuring the organizations social, mobile, and loyalty initiatives are best in class.
Prior to joining Yesway, Derek most recently served as Chief Customer Officer for Rutter’s convenience stores and dairy business. He was instrumental in developing their award-winning customer engagement programs and positioned the brand as one of the best in the retail industry. Before Rutter’s, Derek was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising with Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) and led the development of the Circle K brand. Prior to MACS, he served as Vice President of Marketing with NACS – The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing and positioned the organization for unprecedented digital and global growth. His other prior experiences include leading the brand marketing for Giant Eagle where he led the development of the GetGo chain of convenience stores, and launched the Fuelperks fuel rewards loyalty program.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance, Marketing, and Real Estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.