Empire’s management team brings extensive experience in fuel distribution, real estate law, real estate development and management, retail business investment and operations, and financial and investment analysis. Our managers’ potent mix of expertise and cumulative accomplishments positions Empire as a formidable leader in the fuel distribution industry.
Hank Heithaus has over 40 years of petroleum industry experience. Prior to joining Empire, Hank was President of Murphy, USA, the $13 billion+ retail operations of Murphy Oil Corporation with 1,100+ outlets. Mr. Heithaus previously held senior management positions for over two decades at Sohio, which has since been acquired by BP. Hank has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Xavier University.
ATANAS H. ATANASOV
Atanas H. Atanasov serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Empire, Atanas held the position of CFO and Treasurer at NGL Energy Partners LP, a publicly traded midstream MLP based in Tulsa, Okla. He joined NGL in November 2011 as treasurer and senior vice president of finance and was promoted to CFO in May 2013. Prior to joining NGL Energy Partners in November 2011, Atanas spent 9 years at GE Capital both in lending and leveraged equity. Prior to GE Capital, he was with the Williams Company. Mr. Atanasov is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Oral Roberts University.
Jeff Goodwin has 30 years of petroleum industry experience. He joined Empire after serving as Senior Vice President, Field Operations at Murphy Oil, USA where he oversaw the operation of 1,226 company sites. Mr. Goodwin previously held management positions at The Pantry and Hess. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Widener University.
TRAVIS E. BOOTH
Travis Booth has nearly 10 years of petroleum industry experience. Prior to Empire, he practiced commercial real estate law in Montgomery County, Maryland. He represented some of the largest commercial landlords on the East Coast on all leasing matters ranging from simple lease agreements to negotiations on large mixed-use developments. Travis is in charge of all legal matters, ranging from real estate issues to mergers and acquisitions to patent work. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.
VICE-PRESIDENT, MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Michael O’Brien has 25 years of experience petroleum-based acquisition and development. He has been involved with the acquisition and development of 900+ locations with such companies as Murphy Oil, Couche-Tard, Irving Oil, and Shell Oil. Prior to joining Empire, Michael was the Senior Director of Construction & Real Estate at Murphy Oil Corporation. Mr. O’Brien has deep knowledge and understanding of development and acquisition within the petroleum industry and has a distinguished record of providing companies with a retail platform to achieve organizational success such as the recent IPO of Murphy USA Inc. as a standalone retail company.