NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC, has announced that two prominent convenience store industry professionals have joined the firm as Managing Directors. Jeff Kramer brings to NRC more than 30 years of experience in petroleum and convenience store retailing, as well as extensive experience in refining, wholesaling and distribution. Thomas H. Wilky similarly has nearly 30 years of marketing, operations and leadership experience, most recently with Southwest Pacific Partners, an investment advisory and marketing consulting firm. Both Wilky and Kramer will focus primarily on new business development.
“We are extremely pleased to have both of these well respected industry professionals join NRC,” said Dennis Ruben, Executive Managing Director. “Given their combined knowledge of real estate, finance, the petroleum retail and convenience store industries, and their relationships with people in these industries, we believe they will add significant value both to NRC and to our clients and prospective clients.”
Wilky’s career has taken him through several corporate engagements, more than 15 years of which involved providing marketing and business consulting services to a client base in a broad range of industries, including multi-branch retail, convenience store, hospitality, consumer products, energy, and telecommunications. His most recent engagement was as founder of Southwest Pacific Partners, an investment advisory and marketing consulting firm which was formed to make strategic investments and facilitate financial transactions in the retail convenience store, energy and the outdoor apparel industries. His business consulting practice has spanned more than 25 years, and he has provided marketing consulting and financial services to companies such as Gentry Capital Advisors, Koch Industries/Ventures and Giant Industries, Inc. in the energy and retail convenience store space. Wilky began his career in the hospitality industry where, as Director of Marketing for Motel 6 LLP, he was instrumental in repositioning this national lodging company and was responsible for directing and implementing the Tom Bodett national advertising campaign.
Kramer is well known in the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries both through his management positions and his long-standing active membership in NACS and SIGMA, having served on the Board of Directors of the latter. His most recent experience has been as Managing Member and CEO of Prima Marketing LLC, owner and operator of 89 7-Eleven convenience stores in the eastern United States. Most of these locations were sold to 7-Eleven in 2012, with the assistance of NRC. Kramer’s background in refining, wholesale and distribution came at Total Petroleum and as CEO at Frontier Refining. He has a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in Finance from S.M.U., is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, and is certified as a C.P.A.