. In 1984 Stephen Hightower started Hightowers Petroleum Co. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise. The private Ohio organization, affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, has also certified approximately 800 minority-owned businesses such as Hightowers for doing business with local corporations. Stephen continues to be a leader in the industry while providing value and innovation to all of his customers.
Offices are in California, Florida and Middletown. Customers include The Kroger Co. We offer a vast and virtually limitless array of branded and unbranded conventional fuels, as well as renewable fuels, natural gas, propane, lubricants and greases. From those humble beginnings and through persistence, drive and determination, I methodically began to grow my wholesale fuel distribution business into an energy solutions enterprise that today is recognised Globally for its customer service, integrity, creative fuel distribution model and expert handling of complex upstream and downstream issues. Corporate members nominate suppliers for the annual awards and a committee, consisting of company and staff representatives, selects winners from those nominations, Powell said. We continue to look at international markets in order to gain the significant critical mass to outpace the competitors in the market.
Wisdom instinct and the ability to manage risk is how you grow to billions. Continued on next page Page: 2 Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U. The Middletown-based energy business beat out companies of a similar size from Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and elsewhere across the state to win the award. While this was the number one obstacle from the beginning, Steve maintained integrity, persistence and the desire to exceed in spite of all obstacles to gain its unique position in the marketplace.
Someone who buys a General Motors vehicle off the lot is likely to have had it fueled by Hightowers Petroleum. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. Any tips of advice for achieving success? Maintaining relationships with most of the major energy companies across the United States. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. To this day our growth in new markets is limited with our ability to fund our upstream activity.
Kroger fuel customers in Springboro, Springfield and Troy, for example, can also trace their full gas tanks to Hightowers. He was a quick study, discovering that fuel is a commodity producing razor-thin margins while at the same time requiring a heavy outlay in capital. The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council has approximately 200 corporate members. We've spent decades strengthening alliances with globally-recognized refineries who supply us with branded and unbranded products, so we can provide you with all the major grades. This time, the Middletown company is being recognized for its sales and job growth, consistent delivery of quality services to corporate clients, contributions to the growth of the community, and other factors.
Pries is low, evaluations are low, and assets purchased based on 80 and 100 dollar prices are now available at a very reasonable price. As a trusted partner we contribute to your success. What led you to your current career? The right capital structure with a knowledgeable partner of the market, can do very well. The preparation involves getting its products tested and approved, and pursuing relationships at the buying level and senior procurement level so that auto manufacturers know Hightowers has the capacity to get the job done. Could you share with us some industry insights? Today is the best possible time to expand into the Industry. Due to the success of its partnership with Kroger, the retail food chain has quadrupled its expenditures with Hightowers during the past five years. He used that competitive advantage to help gain his first wholesale fuel contract through a set-aside program that allowed Hightowers an opportunity to enter what was a closed market.
Go where the Hockey putt is going not where it is, is how visionaries succeed. We all need it; we all use it. What is your long-term plan? Altogether, the three companies have approximately 75 total full-time employees nationwide, Hightower said. Servicing fortune 500 and 100 companies with fueling solutions in any manner our customer use it. Did you encounter any particular difficulties? Combine that with hard work and the ability to manage failure, will lead you to a successful outcome. The biggest obstacles has always been growth capital. I founded Hightowers Petroleum Co.
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