Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has named Henry (Hank) Heithaus, CEO and David Potter, chief financial officer, signaling the next steps in Empire’s strategy to further develop its current markets and increase its national footprint in the fuel distribution industry.
“The addition of these two seasoned petroleum industry executives brings a wealth of talent and leadership to our rapidly growing enterprise,” said Mike Diebus, Empire’s chief operating officer. “We are extremely excited to have Hank and David join our team, and we look forward to capitalizing on their outstanding management abilities to take us to the next level of competitiveness.”
Heithaus’ most recent position prior to joining Empire was president of Murphy Oil Corp. Heithaus has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Xavier University.
“With his extensive industry background and experience, Hank Heithaus brings a unique combination of strategic thinking and a fresh management direction to our team,” said Rick Golman, Empire’s executive vice president. “He is the right person to lead Empire at this stage of our company’s evolution as we stand poised to pursue new markets, and grow the ones where we already have a strong foothold.”
David Potter joins Empire after serving as chief financial officer at Alon Brands Inc., the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S. Potter has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a CPA and Certified Valuation Analyst.
“David Potter joining Empire is an important milestone during an era of sustained growth and continued financial stability in our organization,” said Eli Kimel, Empire Board member. “His thorough understanding of both the fuel distribution value chain and the convenience store market makes David Potter a valuable addition to our already strong executive team.”
Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Empire Petroleum Partners is a privately-held company focused on service-oriented wholesale distribution of motor fuels and various other distribution related services within the energy and real estate industries. Empire distributes top brands including Shell, Chevron/Texaco, Exxon/Mobil, BP/Amoco, Sunoco, Valero, Marathon, and Gulf throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions of the U.S.