Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, a leading real estate investment and asset management company, today announced that Brian Trout has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President of Operations for BW Gas & Convenience, LLC. BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliated Brookwood entity that was recently formed to acquire and operate a diversified portfolio of gas stations and convenience stores in select regions of the United States, which Brookwood believes will benefit from professional, institutional management and a broad consolidation of resources.
Trout will direct the operational strategy for the company and be responsible for forming and leading regional management teams, and establishing and implementing a consistent merchandising plan for the portfolio. Trout will also oversee the acquisition and due diligence process as Brookwood builds its national presence.
“Brian comes to us with over 20 years of retail oil and gas and convenience store management experience and is an accomplished industry leader. He has a proven, demonstrable track record of increasing sales, implementing operational strategies and integrating new acquisitions. He will be invaluable as we launch and aggressively grow this new business,” stated Thomas Nicholas Trkla, Brookwood’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Having Brian at the helm will enable us to build our national portfolio while achieving economies of scale, building greater operational efficiencies and implementing value-added capital improvements. We are thrilled to have someone with Brian’s experience and enthusiasm join our team.”
Prior to joining Brookwood, Trout was the Vice President of Operations for The Pantry, Inc., where he was responsible for retail operations and merchandising activities for a 10-state division. Prior to The Pantry, Inc., Trout was a Zone Leader in the Midwest for 7-Eleven, the largest owner and operator of convenience stores in the United States, where he managed and had profit and loss authority for the Great Lakes region, comprised of 680 stores in seven states, with annual sales of $1.2 billion. Prior to being promoted to Vice President of Operations, Trout held the title of Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for the Great Lakes region where he was in charge of all sales and marketing and led a grass roots marketing campaign designed to enhance 7-Eleven’s political and community relationships. Prior to 7-Eleven, Trout was a Sales and Operations Manager of U.S. Fuels for BP, Inc. where he led the sales, operations, brand and customer management for the branded franchise/deal business that generated $1 billion in annual revenue.
Trout is a graduate of the University of Memphis.