Joe Petrowski, Mercantor Partners

Founder and Managing Partner

Joe Petrowski has had a long career in international commodity trading, energy and retail management and public policy development. In 2005, he was named President and CEO of Gulf Oil LP and elected to the Gulf Oil LP Board of Directors. In October of 2008, he was named CEO of the now combined Gulf Oil and Cumberland Farms, whose annual revenues exceed $11 billion and that now operates in 27 states. In September 2013, Petrowski stepped down as CEO of The Cumberland Gulf Group. He is now Managing Director of Mercantor Partners, a private equity firm investing in convenience and energy distribution.


Lisa Calhoun, Write2Market
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Lisa Calhoun, MBA, recognized nationally as Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 by the American Business Awards in the Services category, runs marketing communications for some of America’s  emerging energy authorities through her agency, Write2Market. She’s been tapped by the Department of Energy, the National Speakers Association, Connect Marketplace and Inc Magazine, among others, to help companies showcase their industry leadership.


Greg Cushard, Lockton and

Greg is Vice President/Producer at Lockton, a leading a strategy and consulting practice. His practice expertise at Lockton is in high risk energy companies, focusing on corporate insurance brokerage, enterprise risk management, captive insurance consulting and employee benefits. Cushard’s petroleum and crude oil industry expertise resides with refiners, terminal and storage facility operators, gas and convenience store operators, wholesalers, private fleet haulers and rail exposures. Prior to joining Lockton, Greg had more than 14 years’ experience providing petroleum distribution, marketing, transportation and technology services for large and mid-sized organizations.


Vladimir Collak, Ignite Media, LLC and

Vladimir Collak currently serves as President and CEO of Ignite Media, LLC, where their core competency is solving business problems through technology. Ignite builds mobile and web solutions that transform organizations, including clients such as Mansfield Oil, Weatherford, West Gulf Maritime Association and others. Prior to Ignite, Vladimir served at FuelQuest as Manager of Research and Development, and at Xerox Connect as Principal Consultant providing technology solutions to clients including Continental Airlines and Equifax.


Corey Henriksen, Managing Director Acquisition and Refinance Capital, Inc.
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Corey’s perspective is as an attorney and an adviser solely representing petroleum wholesalers and retailers in securing financing. He helps petroleum industry borrowers increase working capital and accounts receivable/inventory lines of credit, and obtain acquisition, construction and refinance funding.


Alan H. Levine, CEO of Powerhouse
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Alan is CEO of Powerhouse, a company offering the Power of Price Protection. He is an internationally recognized expert in pricing and business practices in the energy industry. Alan has served the energy industries since 1969 and has focused on hedging and price risk management since 1977.


Fred M. Whitaker, PC, Managing Partner
Cummins & White, LLP, is a business law firm in Newport Beach, California

Fred Whitaker specializes in commercial transactions and corporate governance and has a keen understanding of the petroleum industry. During his career, he was Vice President and General Counsel of SC Fuels in Orange, California, and later became Chief Operating Officer of their Northwest Division. Whitaker is a member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and California Independent Oil Marketers (CIOMA).


Nancy D. Yamaguchi, Ph.D.
President, Trans-Energy Research Associates, Inc., Seattle, Washington 

Dr. Yamaguchi is President of Trans-Energy Research Associates, Inc., a small, computer-oriented firm specializing in advanced analytical techniques in energy issues. Her work focuses on the international downstream oil industry, including supply, demand and trade, transport, refining and product blending, reformulated fuels, international product quality and oil price behavior.