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InStore.ai Strengthens Executive Leadership Team Ahead of Anticipated Product Launch

May 30, 2024
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Los Gatos, CA, May 30, 2024 — InStore.ai, a pioneering Silicon Valley-based technology company specializing in retail solutions powered by generative AI and voice analytics, is proud to announce the expansion of its leadership team with four esteemed industry experts. As the company gears up to launch its revolutionary retail voice analytics product, aimed at enhancing customer experiences in fuel & convenience, and hospitality, these strategic appointments underscore InStore.ai’s dedication to innovation and exceptional client value.  

New Executive Team Members

Van Tarver
Senior Advisor, Fuel & Convenience

Van joins InStore.ai with extensive experience in the convenience store sector, having served as the President of Kroger, Fuel & Convenience overseeing over 800 Convenience Stores and 1200 Supermarket Fuel Centers. His previous roles include an executive position at PDI, and an eight-year tenure on the NACS Board of Directors.

Julie Jackson
Senior Vice President, Fuel & Convenience

Julie brings a rich background in the fuel and convenience store industry, with executive leadership roles at G&M Oil, Jaco Oil, and BP. Her comprehensive experience will significantly enhance InStore.ai’s leadership.

Jay Blazensky, CEO of InStore.ai, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited to welcome Van and Julie to our executive team. Their combined expertise and deep industry insights will be crucial as we aim to revolutionize customer experiences in the fuel and convenience industry.”

Additionally, InStore.ai is pleased to welcome two distinguished hospitality executives:

Mike Kennedy
Senior Advisor, Hospitality

Mike’s illustrious career as CIO spans top-tier organizations such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotels, Best Western International and Holiday Inn Worldwide. He brings invaluable hospitality industry knowledge to InStore.ai.

David Chugg
Senior Vice President, Hospitality

David, a proven IT executive, has managed global network architecture and deployment for major hotel chains including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Westin Hotels and Resorts. His technical leadership will be key to InStore.ai’s success.

Marc Della Torre, COO at InStore.ai, commented on the appointments, saying, “As we expand into the hospitality sector, having Mike Kennedy and David Chugg join our team provides us a significant advantage. Their unmatched expertise and industry insights will be instrumental in our continued innovation in hospitality.”

InStore.ai’s solution utilizes generative AI and voice analytics to analyze in-person conversations between employees and customers, extracting valuable insights that elevate operational efficiency, employee engagement, loss prevention and overall customer experience.

About InStore.ai:

InStore.ai leads in applying artificial intelligence and voice analytics to improve in-person experiences. Our innovative solutions provide valuable insights for boosting engagement, loyalty and operational efficiency.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Natalie Chilton, Marketing 
press@instore.ai

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