PetroZone was founded by partners Salim Thobani and Malik Ali over two decades ago. Together, the principals have over 30 years combined experience in the petroleum industry. Specializing in both real estate development and convenience store operations, PetroZone is an ideal fit to help with all of your c-store needs. PetroZone works with a number of partners within the petroleum industry and has the resources to help you along the way, a true turn key operation. From finding and selecting the right property all the way to branding, servicing, and operating your c-store, PetroZone can help. We provide a number of services that our competition simply cannot match.

Salim Thobani

Managing Member & Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Mr. Thobani has curated a meticulous business model commanding an unrivaled growth strategy to take the gasoline and convenience store business to an incomparable level. Chevron, Texaco, Shell, and BP are among the tremendous brands under his company’s umbrella control. Mr. Thobani has owned and operated various stations at multiple locations along with actively buying and selling commercial properties as an active member of the metro Atlanta real estate market. Over the years, Mr. Thobani’s experience has helped him, master exceptional development and management skills to expand into complex areas of remodels, ground-up gas stations, and shopping centers in one of the major cities of the Southeast United States

Malik Ali

Chief Operating Officer

With over a decade of experience in the gasoline and convenience store industry, Mr. Malik Ali provides his expertise for optimal performance and growth. Mr. Ali entered the industry in 2004 and has since mastered areas of the industry specializing in efficient operations, complex accounting, and advanced product integration. Mr. Ali is responsible for directing the company’s various operations for several facilities. In addition, he is tasked with day to day operating functions including but not limited to review of daily activities, execution of activities in site selection, inventory control, negotiations, purchases, and enhancement of overall growth of the powerful PetroZone brand.

Shaaz Thobani


Ben Skaggs


Ben is a licensed architect and NCARB certified. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture in Lexington with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Design. Ben has worked in various architectural roles including design, construction, and development projects in the U.S., Japan, and Korea.

Zia Virmani

Business Relationship Officer

Zia is a seasoned Business Professional with over 16 years of experience in Operations Management, Sales and Marketing, Client Relationship, and People Management. She has successfully driven large teams, managed performance, and consistently achieved business goals. In addition, she had also garnered several awards in the course her career and has spearheaded several employee retention programs.

Lubna Khimani