Joseph Topper, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Topper is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of CST Brands. Mr. Topper has 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 our predecessor, where he has been the Chief Executive Officer since 1992. Mr. Topper currently serves on the Board of Directors of our general partner, the Board of Trustees of Villanova University as Vice Chair, and the Board of Lehigh Valley PBS. He is the past President of the board for Lehigh Valley PBS and the Lehigh Valley PBS Foundation and previously served as a board member for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown. Mr. Topper holds a master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University. Mr. Topper is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Topper and his wife, Maureen, have four children.
Jeremy Bergeron, President
Mr. Bergeron was appointed President of the general partner on March 26, 2015. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bergeron served as the Senior Vice President of Integration & Development Operations for CST Brands, Inc. and he served as Vice President and Treasurer for CST since its spin-off from Valero Energy Corporation. Mr. Bergeron was with Valero for 17 years and held several positions, including Corporate Safety Director and Vice President of Insurance. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Information Systems from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also a 2014 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.
David Hrinak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hrinak was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in October 2014. Mr. Hrinak was the President of Dunne Manning Inc. (formerly known as Lehigh Gas Corporation) from September 2010 to October 1, 2014. From 2005 until September 2010, Mr. Hrinak served as the Vice President of Wholesale for Dunne Manning. Mr. Hrinak has 35 years of experience in the wholesale and retail fuel distribution business. Prior to joining Dunne Manning, Mr. Hrinak was the Branded Wholesale Manager at ConocoPhillips. In addition to ConocoPhillips, he has held various leadership positions at BP and Mobil including Territory Manager, Sales and Business Consultant, Region Manager, and Wholesaler Business Manager.
Clay Killinger, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Killinger serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our general partner. Mr. Killinger is also Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of CST Brands, Inc. He joined CST Brands, Inc. in January 2013 after over 11 years of service with Valero. Prior to joining CST Brands, Mr. Killinger served as Valero's Senior Vice President and Controller since 2007 and Vice President and Controller since 2001. Before that, Mr. Killinger was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP, with service there from 1983 through December 2001. Mr. Killinger is a Certified Public Accountant, with his B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Killinger serves on the Board of Directors of our general partner since October 2014.
Hamlet Newsom, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Newsom was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the General Partner on March 26, 2015. Mr. Newsom previously served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of iHeartMedia, Inc., iHeartCommunications, Inc., iHeartMedia Capital I, LLC and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. from August 2009 until March 2015. Mr. Newsom holds a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University Law School and a B.A. degree in History from Duke University.
John Hooven, Vice President, Operations
Mr. Hooven was appointed Vice President of Operations in June 2015 and has served as an officer of our general partner since July 2014. From April 2009 until July 2014, Mr. Hooven served as Vice President of Wholesale Distribution of Dunne Manning Inc. (formerly known as Lehigh Gas Corporation). From July 2008 until April 2009, he served as Vice President of Operations of Dunne Manning. Prior to joining Dunne Manning, Mr. Hooven worked at Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of LUKOIL, where he served as regional Sales Manager from May 2004 until July 2008. Mr. Hooven has over 35 years of experience in the wholesale and retail fuel distribution business. He spent more than 20 years at Mobil Oil Corporation, where he held various marketing positions along the East Coast. Mr. Hooven holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Temple University.
Steven Stellato, Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Stellato was appointed Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in June 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Stellato served as Vice President and Controller of Energy Transfer Partners, LP (“Energy Transfer”.). Prior to joining Energy Transfer, Mr. Stellato was a Senior Manager at the public accounting firm of KPMG LLP from 2001 to 2009, focusing on clients in the energy industry. Before joining KPMG LLP, Mr. Stellato held various management positions with a large retail grocery company in South Texas for over 10 years. Mr. Stellato is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Evan Smith, Vice President and Treasurer
Evan Smith became Vice President and Treasurer of CST Brands Inc. in April 2015. Evan has more than twenty years of finance and capital markets experience including work as an investment fund manager with US Global Investors in San Antonio, a sell-side equity research analyst with Sanders Morris Harris in Houston, and a valuation consultant for Arthur Andersen in Houston where he began his career in 1994. He also serves on the board of the CFA Society of San Antonio and The Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship at UT San Antonio. Evan has been a CFA charter holder since 2001 and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
George W. Wilkins, Vice President, Wholesale East
Mr. Wilkins was appointed Vice President of Wholesale East of our general partner in July 2014. He previously served as Wholesale General Manager of Lehigh Gas since March 2012, where he was responsible for growing and developing our network of dealer-operated locations. Mr. Wilkins has more than 17 years of diverse experience working for major oil companies. Prior to joining Lehigh Gas in 2011, he worked for LUKOIL North America, where he served as Director of Wholesale Operations and Marketing, and earlier as Brand Manager. He served as East Coast Marketing Manager for ConocoPhillips, and he has held a series of award-winning sales positions, including Regional Strategy Manager for Mobil Oil Corporation. Mr. Wilkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Villanova University.
Steve Mercurio, Vice President, Wholesale West
Mr. Mercurio was appointed Vice President of Wholesale West of our general partner in April 2015. Since joining Lehigh Gas Corporation in 2006, Mr. Mercurio has held numerous executive and leadership positions in the wholesale fuel and operations areas. Most recently he managed the company’s relationships with eight diverse global oil brands and coordinated their strategic marketing programs with our wholesale field sales network. Mr. Mercurio has 38 years of experience in the petroleum industry having worked at Mobil and ConocoPhillips. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Pace University in New York.