Board of Directors

Timothy Alexander Miller (Chairman)

Mr. Miller was appointed Chairman of the Board on June 2017. He joined Couche-Tard in January 2012, and he is currently serving as Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Fuels. From February 2016 to November 2017, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Fuels. From October 2012 to January 2016, he held the position of Vice President, Fuel. Mr. Miller joined Couche-Tard as Director of Fuels, Real Estate and Facilities. Prior to joining Couche-Tard, he was with BP Plc. for 16 years in a variety of operational, supply, business development and strategy roles in the United States and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. 

Jean Bernier

Mr. Bernier was appointed as a director of the Board in June 2017. As of December 31, 2017, Mr. Bernier stepped down as Group President, Global Fuels and North-East Operations of Couche-Tard, a position he held since March 2016, and assumed the role as advisor to the Couche-Tard Chief Executive Officer as of that date. He previously held the position of Group President Fuel Americas and Operations North East since July 2012. Mr. Bernier has over 25 years of experience in the convenience store, fuel and grocery store sectors of the retail industry. Prior to joining Couche-Tard in 2012, Mr. Bernier was Executive Vice President of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) as well as President of Ultramar Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for the company’s retail operations as well as corporate functions of communications, supply chain management and information services. From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Bernier held various senior management roles with Ultramar Ltd., including Vice-President Retail Operations in 1998 and 1999 and President from 1999 to 2011. Prior to joining Ultramar Ltd., Mr. Bernier served for nine years in a variety of senior management positions at Provigo, Inc. and held President, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer level positions. Mr. Bernier holds a bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Justin A. Gannon 

Mr. Gannon has served as a director of the Board and chairman of the audit committee and member of the conflicts committee since October 2014. Mr. Gannon has acted as an independent consultant and private investor since September 2013. From February 2003 through August 2013, Mr. Gannon served in various roles at Grant Thornton LLP, including as National Leader of Merger and Acquisition Development from June 2011 through August 2013, Central Region Managing Partner from January 2010 through June 2011, Office Managing Partner in Houston, Texas from August 2007 through June 2011 and Office Managing Partner in Kansas City, Missouri from August 2005 to July 2007. From 1971 through 2002, Mr. Gannon worked at Arthur Andersen LLP. Since December 2014, Mr. Gannon has served on the board of directors of California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) where he serves as chair of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee. Since April 2017, Mr. Gannon has served on the board of directors of Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: VEACU) where he serves as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of American Red Cross Chapters in the Tulsa, Oklahoma and San Antonio, Texas areas. Mr. Gannon received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California (inactive) and Texas.

Mickey Kim

Mr. Kim was appointed as a director of the Board in June 2017. Mr. Kim is a Member, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Kirr, Marbach & Company, LLC (“KM”), a registered investment adviser. Mr. Kim joined KM in 1986 and has been the firm’s Chief Operating Officer since 1996 and Chief Compliance Officer since 2004. Mr. Kim has also served as Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of Kirr, Marbach Partners Funds, Inc., a registered investment company, since 1998. Prior to his position with KM, Mr. Kim was a Senior Research Analyst at Driehaus Capital Management, a Chicago investment management firm, from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Kim has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder since 1985 and passed the Certified Public Accountant examination in 1980. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois (1980) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago (1982).

John B. Reilly, III 

Mr. Reilly has served as a director of the Board since May 2012. He is a member of the audit committee and conflicts committee of the Board since October 2014. Mr. Reilly has served as the President of City Center Investment Corp since May 2011. Prior to then, he was President of Landmark Communities and Managing Partner of Traditions of America since 1998. Mr. Reilly has thirty years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development and planning, finance management and law. Mr. Reilly serves as a trustee of Lafayette College and also served as the chairman of the board of trustees for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lafayette College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Claude Tessier

Mr. Tessier was appointed as a director of the Board since June 2017. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Couche-Tard since January 2016. Prior to joining Couche-Tard, Mr. Tessier held the position of President of the IGA Operations Business Unit at Sobeys Inc. from 2012 to 2016 and was a member of Sobeys Inc.’s Executive Committee. He joined the management team of Sobeys Quebec Inc. in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning. Mr. Tessier has spent most of his professional career in the food industry after serving in several finance positions. Prior to his position with Sobeys Inc., Mr. Tessier gained more than 15 years of senior financial leadership experience with Fly Furniture America, Provigo, Inc. and Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd, including in Chief Financial Officer and Vice President roles. He has also held management positions in Mallette International and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). Furthermore, he has been involved with various social and community organizations, most notably the Fondation Charles Bruneau. He also participated in the fundraising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec. He currently serves as a board member for La Maison des Soins Palliatifs de Laval, a non-profit organization that provides care for patients in terminal phase of illness. Mr. Tessier holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987.

Joseph V. Topper, Jr.

Mr. Topper has been the President of DMI since 2015. Mr. Topper served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Partner from October 2012 to March 2015. Mr. Topper resigned as President effective March 2015 and his term as Chief Executive Officer ended on September 2015. Mr. Topper also served as chairman of the Board from October 28, 2012 through September 30, 2014. Mr. Topper has over 25 years of management experience in the wholesale and retail fuel distribution business. In 1987, Mr. Topper purchased his family’s retail fuel business and five years later founded DMI (formerly known as Lehigh Gas Corporation), where he was the Chief Executive Officer since 1992. Mr. Topper currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Villanova University and the board of directors for Lehigh Valley PBS. He served on the board of directors of CST Brands, Inc. from October 2014 until December 2016. He is the past President of the board of directors for Lehigh Valley PBS and the Lehigh Valley PBS Foundation. He also served as a board member for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown. Mr. Topper holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Villanova University. Mr. Topper is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Gerardo Valencia

Mr. Valencia was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of our General Partner, effective July 9, 2018. Mr. Valencia has served as director of the Board and President of our General Partner since March 1, 2018. Mr. Valencia worked for BP p.l.c. from May 1997 until February 2018 in a variety of positions, including retail operations, asset management, business development, and wholesale fuel sales and strategy for different markets around the globe. He was President of ampm, the convenience store subsidiary of BP p.l.c., head of sales and marketing for the U.S. West Coast and, in his last role within BP p.l.c., was responsible for retail strategy and implementation of programs across North America. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor of science degree in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.