New Leadership Announced

Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces President and CEO Leadership Succession

cpchem_logoChevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announced today that Peter Cella, president and chief executive officer (CEO), intends to retire from the company, effective August 1, 2017. Additionally, the company announced that Mark Lashier, currently executive vice president, Commercial, will succeed Mr. Cella as president and CEO upon Mr. Cella’s retirement. 

“Pete Cella’s strategic vision, his commitment to leadership development, and his relentless pursuit of operating the company’s global facilities safely and profitably will remain hallmarks of his distinguished career at Chevron Phillips Chemical,” said Timothy G. Taylor, president, Phillips 66 and member of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Board of Directors. “In addition, Pete was a guiding influence in advancing the company’s transformational $6 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the company, we thank Pete for his contributions to reinforce Chevron Phillips Chemical’s footing as a world-leader in the industry.”

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical for more than six years,” said Cella. “I’m incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together, particularly the success in building our world-scale petrochemicals project, elevating our already industry-leading operational excellence performance, and advancing our organizational capabilities agenda. I look forward to the many achievements this company and our employees will make under Mark Lashier’s leadership.”

Mr. Lashier has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry, beginning his career as an engineer with the Phillips Petroleum Company, now Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), at its Bartlesville, Oklahoma, facility. By 1997 he had assumed management responsibility for Phillips Petroleum’s Olefins business. In 2000, he joined Chevron Phillips Chemical as Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Phillips Petroleum combined their chemical businesses to create Chevron Phillips Chemical. Since that time, he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including the Asia Region manager, senior vice president, Specialties, Aromatics, & Styrenics, and executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins. Mr. Lashier holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.

“Mark brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and the strategic vision that will only further elevate Chevron Phillips Chemical’s trajectory in the years ahead,” said Michael E. (“Mike”) Coyle, president, Manufacturing, Chevron and member of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Board of Directors. “We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented, effective, and passionate leader at the helm of the organization and I look forward to all that Mark and his team will accomplish together.”


Lilly Epstein Stotland Named President of Vesco Oil Corporation


Lilly Epstein Stotland
President, Vesco Oil Corporation

Lilly Epstein Stotland has been named President of Vesco Oil Corporation. Vesco Oil Corporation is one of the largest distributors of branded automotive and industrial lubricants in the United States and a leading recycler of used oil and antifreeze. Stotland joined the company in 2004, and previously served as General Manager. She is a co-owner and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to take on this new role at Vesco Oil. I look forward to working closely with our leadership team to execute our strategic growth objectives,” said Stotland. “I move forward with a deep appreciation and respect for our capable employees, customers, and our suppliers, and hold closely the values that are the foundation of our business.”

Lilly Epstein Stotland has managed strategic acquisitions, and geographic expansion of the company. She also serves as President of Visible Solutions Midwest, LLC, an affiliated company that licenses patented washer solvent products. Prior to joining Vesco Oil in 2004, she was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York.

“Lilly has brought fine leadership to the Company and has remained true to the core values that have propelled our growth and success since the company’s founding in 1947,” said Vesco Oil CEO Donald Epstein.

Vesco Oil Chairman of the Board, Marjory Winkelman Epstein, said, “This is an important day for Vesco Oil. As we proudly celebrate our 70th anniversary, it brings us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Lilly Epstein Stotland as President. Lilly has demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership capabilities, and is well-equipped to guide the company forward as it faces the challenges that lie ahead in the industry.”

Stotland earned a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from Harvard University, and was a recipient of John Harvard and Harvard College Scholarships for highest academic distinction. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

In the last six years, Vesco Oil has expanded its business with existing suppliers and has five new locations in Cleveland, Columbus, Wauseon, and Dayton, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vesco Oil is one of the largest distributors of ExxonMobil and Valvoline branded lubricants. Other key supplier relationships include Castrol, Perkins Products, Inc., CAM2, Motorcraft, MOC Products, and Fortech Products.

About Vesco Oil Corporation:
VescoVesco Oil Corporation is an ISO 9001 – 14001 certified and environmentally conscientious distributor, providing automotive and industrial customers with a full range of high quality lubricants and supporting services. Founded in 1947 by Eugene Epstein, Vesco Oil Corporation is one of the largest distributors of branded automotive and industrial lubricants in the United States and is a leading recycler of used oil and antifreeze. The company also is a full service provider of automotive appearance products, operates a full line of metalworking fluids and a leading provider of bulk windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. Vesco Oil Corporation is a majority women-owned business, receiving Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. For more information, please call 800-527-5358 or visit

U.S. Lubricants Announces Changes to Senior Leadership

U.S. Lubricants, a Division of U.S. Venture, Inc., Announces Changes to its Senior Leadership Team to Drive Continued Growth.

BillRenzBill Renz has been appointed to President – U.S. Lubricants. Previously, Renz was general manager for U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc. that focuses on compressed natural gas (CNG). With extensive experience in management, operations and engineering, Renz led the expansion of U.S. Gain, which has become a national leader in the CNG industry. He formed partnerships with fleet owners across the country to provide them with a cleaner, more affordable, more effective way of operating their business.

“Bill’s enthusiasm and leadership skills make him the perfect fit for this position,” says John Schmidt, CEO/president of US. Venture. “Bill really connects with both our customers and his team members, and I’m confident his talents will take U.S. Lubricants to new heights.” 

Renz is a Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering with a specialization in management.

StephenieWixStephenie Wix has been promoted to Vice President of Sales – U.S. Lubricants. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of sales in North America for U.S. Lubricants and work to cultivate synergies between all divisions of U.S. Venture.

Wix has 10 years in lubricants and diesel exhaust fluids sales in the trucking and construction industries. Previously, she was division director of sales for U.S. Gain and drove the growth of the CNG business. Before joining U.S. Gain in February 2013, Wix was a territory manager for Mid-Town Petroleum/Reladyne in Chicago.

BenHimleBen Himle has been hired as Regional General Manager – U.S. Lubricants to oversee our bulk plants in Kimberly, WI; Bloomington, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; and Omaha, NE. In this role, he will have full P&L responsibility for these businesses.

Himle brings a strong background to U.S. Lubricants, having held GM and sales leadership roles across multiple businesses. He most recently led business development for Valvoline across our footprint in the Midwest, which will bring expertise in driving significant top-line growth in this area.

JeffMuellenbachJeff Muellenbach has been promoted to Regional General Manager – U.S. Lubricants to oversee our bulk plant in Valparaiso, IN. In this role, he will have full P&L responsibility for this business.

Muellenbach has been with U.S. Lubricants for more than seven years. Previously, he was regional operations manager, and was in charge of bulk plant operations throughout our footprint. Before that, he was a sales engineer and led technical strategy with our industrial sales team. Before joining U.S. Lubricants, he led the Chemical Management Program at BP Castrol-Mercury Marine for over 10 years. Muellenbach is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.

MattMohelnitzkyMatt Mohelnitzky has been promoted to Director, Product Management & Pricing – U.S. Lubricants. In this role, he will oversee product management, vendor relations, purchasing and pricing to optimize product expertise, and lubricant customer/supplier interfacing for the division.

Mohelnitzky has held the role of product marketing manager for U.S. Lubricants the past three years, leading the marketing and brand management teams, along with being an integral part of developing pricing & product placement strategies for the division. Prior to working at U.S. Lubricants, he gained extensive product management experience leading new product development, supplier/vendor relations and executing pricing strategies. Mohelnitzky is a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance and a master’s degree in business administration.

“With the new leadership team and all of the talented people we have around the nation, U.S. Lubricants is even better positioned to deliver valuable solutions to our customers,” says Bill Renz, president of U.S. Lubricants. “I am confident each member of my team will produce results and propel U.S. Lubricants to a new level.”

About U.S. Lubricants
U.S. Lubricants is a leading lubrication solutions provider offering a wide range of lubricants, lubrication services, and reliability programs for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses.  For more information, visit

 About U.S. Venture, Inc.
For more than 65 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket.  Guided by its company vision, “To be the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America,” they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge.  Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain.  For more information, visit

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