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.
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.
Michael E. Toole has been Vice President-Refining since January 2013. Mr. Toole has been with United Refining Company for 31 years with over 37 years of experience in the petroleum refining industry. Prior to his employment with United in 1984, Mike worked for UOP LLC for over 6 years. From November of 1984 to August 1991 he held the position of Process Engineer. In September of 1991 he was promoted to Refining Engineer until May 1994 when he became Senior Refining Engineer. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Roy A. Williams has been Senior Vice-President - Marketing since January 2016. Roy joined United Refining Company in November of 1997 as Planning Manager - Special Projects, and became Manager of Regulatory Supply and Planning in February of 1999. He then served as Manager of Asphalt Logistics from May of 1999 until October 2005 when he joined the Wholesale Marketing Department as Director of Wholesale Marketing. In January of 2009, Mr. Williams was promoted to Vice President of Wholesale Marketing. Mr. Williams has a total of 19 years of experience working in the petroleum refining industry including all facets of the marketing of refinery fuels.