Veteran Employee Story – Lowell Goldman

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Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Lowell Goldman started working for MAPCO Express, Inc., about a year ago as the part the division manager “Fast Track” training program. Today, he’s already managing a district of eleven convenience stores and two restaurants.

Goldman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 and became a commissioned aviation officer. He separated as a captain after serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Although this is his first foray into the civilian job world, Goldman knows he has found a home because of all the other veterans that work there.

“We do have a significant number of veterans working in the company spanning from Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Balkans, and the post-9/11 wars,” he said. “Our corporate recruiters make an effort to target veterans through on-campus college fairs and veteran career fairs.”

MAPCO Express, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, Inc. With headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee, Delek US operates 420 convenience stores in eight states under the names MAPCO Express, MAPCO Mart, East Coast, Discount Food Mart, Fast Food and Fuel, Delta Express, and Favorite Markets. More than half of the retail segment’s store locations are in Tennessee, and the company owns the real estate of over half the stores it operates.

“There are tremendous career opportunities at MAPCO Express and Delek US,” said Goldman. “These include retail and restaurant operations, plus many corporate and refinery positions.” Goldman said that it doesn’t matter whether veterans don’t have convenience retail experience. “We may not have the technical expertise when it comes to the convenience retail industry when we start, but our ability to adapt to a fast-paced and ever-changing environment and learn the business quickly enables our success,” Goldman said. “Furthermore, the personal and professional accountability and teamwork lessons that are engrained in soldiers beginning on day one of basic training translate well to the corporate world.”

Military experience will come in handy when working in a convenience store environment. “The district manager role is very similar to the role of an officer or senior NCO at the company grade level,” Goldman said. “You are in the fight, and it is all about execution and results. ‘Missions’ come down fast and frequently, and you are expected to organize your team of stores rapidly and execute flawlessly.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers