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Bruce Blaise
President and CEO, Kenan Advantage Group
Bruce Blaise has served as the Chief Executive Officer of KAG since January 2018 and President since September 2011. Previously, he held the position of executive vice president of the Fuels Delivery group from 2008 to 2011, and vice president of sales and marketing since joining the company in 2001. Prior to joining KAG, Bruce held various management positions at Miller Transporters – most notably vice president of sales and marketing – from 1983 to 2001. He has served on several committees for the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and is on the board of directors for the Ohio Trucking Association. Bruce graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is currently a member of MSU’s marketing advisory board.
Walter Zimmerman
VP and Chief Technical Analyst, ICAP
Mr. Walter J. Zimmermann Jr. is a Vice President and Chief Technical Analyst at NEX Group plc, Research Division since 1995. Mr. Zimmermann is responsible for firms united energy, providing market-leading advisory services for professional traders and risk managers with an active interest in global energy markets. In addition to online and e-mail distribution of product-specific reports, suggested strategies, tutorials and time cycle analyses, he hosts a daily conference call via webcast. Earlier, Mr. Zimmermann was a Senior Technical Analyst at the firm. Prior to that, he was employed at United Energy. Mr. Zimmermann also served as the first Vice President and Chief Technical Analyst for petroleum at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that, he worked as Vice President at E.F. Hutton and Amerex Petroleum. Mr. Zimmermann did his graduate research in non-equilibrium dissipative structures and complexity theory.
Brad Jenkins
SVP, Pilot Travel Centers
Brad Jenkins serves as senior vice president of supply and distribution for Pilot Flying J and Pilot Thomas Logistics. Brad joined the company in June 2012 and oversees day-to-day operations related to supply, logistics, trading, retail pricing, business development and strategic opportunities. He has an extensive background in the oil industry that started in his youth with the family business, and he helps to build the most integrated supply chain in the industry. Prior to joining Pilot Flying J, he was director of operations for Musket Corporation and managed its five business units of refined products, crude, renewables, assets and business development. Brad also spent nearly a decade as general manager for Pro Petroleum and was responsible for daily operations. He served as a consultant for National Petroleum Marketers and was the supply and marketing manager for Seaport Petroleum. Brad’s expertise and experience helps Pilot Flying J build the most integrated supply chain in the industry.
Randy Morgan
COO, Comdata
Randy serves as Chief Operating Officer of Comdata’s North American Trucking division. Randy started his career at Comdata in 1981 and has served in many leadership roles. Randy led many different strategies while at Comdata. He led the strategy, development, and launch of company and industry changing products like the Comdata Mastercard, Comdata’s FleetAdvance, and the Comdata OnRoad Card. During his tenure with the company, Randy has provided leadership in a variety of key roles, including sales and product management.
Norris Beren
President, Risk, Reward Consulting, Inc.
Andrew Lipow
President, Lipow Oil Associates
Andrew Lipow is President of Lipow Oil Associates, LLC. He has over thirty years of experience in the petroleum refining, trading and consulting industry. For seven years, Mr. Lipow traded crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel and distillate at Vitol, a privately held trading company. Prior to that, Mr. Lipow traded oil based commodities at Basis Petroleum and J. Aron. His 16 year tenure at Amoco Oil Company and Amoco Corporation provides extensive supply and refining experience including operations on several process units. Mr. Lipow has a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been a contributor to Fox Business News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other local media outlets and his quotes can frequently be found in articles carried by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and Agence France Presse.
Jon Scharingson
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Group®, Inc. (REG)
Jon Scharingson is the Executive Director, Sales and Marketing for Renewable Energy Group (REG), REG is the nation’s leading producer and marketer of biodiesel selling over 500 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2018. As Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Scharingson oversees the company’s marketing activities and is responsible for business development with fleets and identifying new terminal asset opportunities. Prior to joining REG, Mr. Scharingson spent 17 years in the seeds, crop protection and the agriculture biotechnology industries, having worked for Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca and Syngenta.  He held several senior management roles in business strategy, business development and marketing.Mr. Scharingson has a BBA in Management and an MBA in Marketing from Iowa State University.