About Us

About Us

APCA Vision: APCA aims to support & offer its members a platform for legislative representations, education, leadership, collective buying power, community outreach, engaged Board & accountability, strong local Chapters and coalition with other trade Associations.

APCA Mission Statement: Unite its members by providing a platform to educate, empower and promote shared business values in the communities they serve.

Founding Members

Leaders within Convenience store industry from through out the state.
Founding members have combined industry experience of more than 200 years.
Committed to serving APCA and empowering its members.

APCA Structure

Complete democratic organization with heavy emphasis on grass root movement
California State is divided in 10 chapters.
Each chapter is represented at State Board
Local elections will be used to determine Chapter leaders.
Quick and efficient communication mechanism with members.
Common Voice – Loud and Clear.

Founding Member Backgrounds

Jagjeet S. Kapoor – Graduated from Khalsa College, India in 1977. Migrated to USA & embarked on learning the grocery industry. In 1982 he opened first Stop ‘N’ Save convenience grocery store. Mr. Kapoor acquired a competing 22-store chain of Bonfare Markets. Currently President of Stop ‘N’ Save, Inc. and Chairman/CEO of Bonfare Markets, Inc. with 34 locations. Mr. Kapoor is TIE Charter Member.

Jeetander P. Sethi – Migrated to USA in 1976. Worked as a restaurant manager and attended college in Mississippi. In 1980 moved to California to start his own venture of Convenience stores. He later expanded to hotels, restaurants, gas stations and real estate. Over 30 years of Convenience stores and gas stations experience, prompted him to educate & empower others to grow. Mr. Sethi is always looking for new challenges, is highly active and volunteers his time and resources to local community projects such as the Hindu Temple of Fresno, Crime Stoppers of Fresno, Clovis Unified School District, Interfaith Alliance of the Central Valley, and the Fresno Police Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Security First Bank of Fresno.

 Manraj Natt – Alumni and ex Professor of Genco (Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana India).Worked as Director, Supplier Engineering at Harmonic Inc. Principal Engineer at IBM Corp. Presently managing gas stations in the Bay area and central valley. Well regarded in the local business community and for its development. Involved in religious projects of Sikh temple, San Jose.

 Gowri S. Kowtha – Mr. Kowtha came to the United States in 1990. He is a licensed Contractor with Masters in Civil Engineering and worked for a large consulting firm in San Jose, California. In 1999, Mr. Kowtha started Stratus Environmental, Inc., a full-service environmental engineering and consulting firm with offices in Sacramento, Huntington Beach, Ventura and Carson City. Stratus has been serving clients throughout Northern and Southern California for more than 17 years to Oil companies, independent retailers, public agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, school districts, municipalities, land development companies, and small businesses in 33 counties of California, Nevada and all over USA.

 Sanjiv Patel – Graduate from USC in Computer Engineering. He has been a serial entrepreneur, started several companies in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Publishing, Semiconductor, Internet and Petroleum. His varied background from different industries gives him unique perspective to see existing businesses and identify their hidden potential. This expertise helped Sanjiv grow his company as one of the fastest growing company in America for seven years in a raw in an industry with no growth. Sanjiv, a San Jose resident for almost 13 years has business interests throughout the Bay area. He is a big proponent of small businesses and passionate about helping fellow small business owners.

Joe Johal – Began his career at Hewlett Packard in 1983, and his responsibilities included, Risk Management, Environmental, Health and Safety for five sites and over 12 thousand employees worldwide. Member of Hewlett Packard’s world wide training and Education Council (one of ten members for 120,000 employees); Wendy’s of the Pacific Inc., 2002 to Current, CEO, responsibilities include operating multiple facilities, president of Nor Cal DMA, trustee of Wendy’s National Advertisement Program, also franchisee for BP Arco and T-Mobile. Founding board member for Tri-Valley Bank, founding board member for Old Fashioned Franchise Association (Franchise association for Wendy’s), founding board member Service Station Franchise Association (Arco BP Franchise Association), founding board member for American Petroleum and Convenient Store Association.

Jivtesh Gill – Migrated to USA in 1990. Completed MBA in 1993, worked as a consultant for an electric utility consultants company in Southern California. Procured first 7-Eleven store in 1998. Franchisee of 7-Eleven, Chevron, 76, ARCO and am/pm brands. President, Central Valley 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association. Executive Vice Chairman of NCASEF of 400+ members.

Dee Dhaliwal – Graduate in communications from the University of Southern California. Dhaliwal & Associates owns and operates a small chain of Chevron gas stations with Extra Mile C-stores. Additionally, the family-owned company also operates several hotels, QSRs and a classic car dealership. Apart from serving on APCA Board, he serves on the Boards of several other industry organizations, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA), the Pacific Oil Conference (POC) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). He is also a past president of the California Service Station and Auto Repair Association (CSSARA).

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