John A. Catsimatidis has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since February 1986, when his wholly-owned company, United Acquisition Corp., purchased our parent. He also served as President from February 1986 until September 1996. He also is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, and the founder of Red Apple Group, Inc. (a holding company for certain businesses, including the Company and corporations which operate supermarkets in New York).
Myron L. Turfitt has been President and Chief Operating Officer since September 1996. From June 1987 to September 1996 he was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. From August 1983 until June 1987 he was Senior Vice President-Finance and from July 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Turfitt held the position of Vice President, Accounting and Administration. Mr. Turfitt is a CPA with over 30 years of financial and operations experience in all phases of the petroleum business including exploration and production, refining and retail marketing. His experience covers both fully-integrated major oil companies and large independents.
Ashton L. Ditka has been Senior Vice President-Marketing since July 1990. From December 1989 to July 1990 he was Vice President-Wholesale & Retail Marketing and from August 1976 until December 1989 he was Vice President-Wholesale Marketing. Mr. Ditka has over 38 years of experience in the petroleum industry, including 11 years in retail marketing with Atlantic Richfield Company.
Thomas E. Skarada has been Vice President-Refining since February 1996. From September 1994 to February 1996 he was Assistant Vice President-Refining and from March 1993, when he joined us, to September 1994 he was Director of Regulatory Compliance. Over his 38 year refining and marketing career, Mr. Skarada has worked in virtually every segment of the downstream business including supply, distribution, refinery operations, economics, planning, research and development. He has 18 years of managerial experience with Sun Refining and Marketing Co. and one year consulting with Muse Stancil and Co. in Dallas, Texas.
James E. Murphy has been Chief Financial Officer since January 1997. He was Vice President-Finance from April 1995 to December 1996 and since May 1982 has held other accounting and internal auditing positions with us, including Director of Internal Auditing since April 1986. Mr. Murphy is a CPA and prior to joining us he had over 15 years experience in accounting and auditing with banking, public accounting and manufacturing companies.