Fuels Institute Announces 2015–2017 Board of Advisors

Fuels Institute Press Release | September 29, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fuels Institute announced its Board of Advisors for 2015–2017 at the 2015 Fuels Institute Annual Meeting last week in Indianapolis. The Board of Advisors is responsible for setting the research agenda of the Fuels Institute and peer reviewing research projects to ensure they are fact-based and free of bias.

Founded in February 2013, the Fuels Institute is a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. Its governing structure incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, fuel retailers, fuel producers and refiners, alternative and renewable fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, consumer organizations, academics, government entities and others with expertise in the fuels and automotive industries.

The Fuels Institute’s 2015–2017 Board of Advisors are:

  • Jay Ricker (Chairman), CEO, Ricker’s (Anderson, IN)
  • Bob Wimmer (Treasurer), director of energy & environmental research group, Toyota Motor North America (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jeremy Bezdek, vice president biofuels and ingredients, Flint Hills Resources (Wichita, KS)
  • Mark DeVries, director of business development, Poet Ethanol Products (Wichita, KS)
  • Matt Forman, senior manager external affairs, FCA (Washington, D.C.)
  • Doug Haugh, president, Mansfield Oil Company (Gainesville, GA)
  • Norman Herrera, managing partner and chief executive office, Sparq Natural Gas, LLC (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis, OPIS (Wall Township, NJ)
  • Anthony Lambkin, EV infrastructure and business development, Nissan North America (Franklin, TN)
  • Steve Loehr, vice president operations support, Kwik Trip, Inc. (La Crosse, WI)
  • Brian Mandell, president, Phillips 66 Company (Houston, TX)
  • Jeff Morris, senior advisor, Alon USA (Dallas, TX)
  • Derek Regal, senior manager fuels and regulatory issues, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, LLC (San Antonio, TX)
  • Ron Sabia, president and COO, Gulf Oil, Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies (Framingham, MA)
  • Robert Stein, president and CEO, Kalibrate (Tulsa, OK)
  • Norman Turiano, principal, Turiano Strategic Consulting LLC (Cape Coral, FL)
  • Steve Vander Griend, technical manager fuel and engine tech, ICM, Inc. (Colwich, KS)
  • Michael Whatley, executive vice president, Consumer Energy Alliance (Washington, D.C.)
  • Craig Willis, president ethanol, Archer Daniels Midland Company (Decatur, IL)

The Fuels Institute commissions and publishes comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects help to inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market.


The Fuels Institute is an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. It was established in February 2013 to deliver comprehensive and balanced research and analysis concerning fuels, vehicles and related policy issues in order to create a market in which consumers can safely, conveniently and affordably purchase the fuels they desire.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.