Management Team
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Management Team

Hank Alexander

Chief Executive Officer

Hank Alexander was named CEO Jefferson in June 2021. He has been a member of the Fortress team since December 2020 and brings more than 25 years of industry experience to Jefferson. Prior to joining Fortress, he served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Energy Transfer (formerly Sunoco Logistics). Leveraging his background in Engineering and Operations, Mr. Alexander brought his expertise to the Sunoco Logistics’ Business Development team, and as a key member of the Energy Transfer Leadership team, was critical to their many significant growth projects. Mr. Alexander holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. He also completed Sunoco’s prestigious Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Justin Payne

Chief Operating Officer

Justin Payne serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Jefferson Energy. Mr. Payne oversees the Operations, Engineering, Projects, and HSE departments. He has an Operations, HSSE and Capital Project background for over 20 years’ experience within the marine terminals industry. Prior to joining Jefferson Energy, he served as General Manager for Oiltanking North America, overseeing multiple terminals. He is currently continuing his education at Lamar University, enrolled in Bachelor of Arts in Business.

Chris Robbins

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Robbins is the Chief Financial Officer at Jefferson Energy and oversees the Finance, Accounting, Tax and Planning functions of the business. Chris joined Jefferson Energy in 2018, and brings over 20 years of experience in progressive finance and accounting roles, most recently serving as CFO for Pin Oak Terminals, as well as Chief Financial and Accounting Officer for USD Group. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Jim Scandola

Vice President of Engineering

Jim Scandola is the Vice President of Engineering for Jefferson Energy and has over 34 years’ experience with designing, building, and operating midstream storage and transportation assets for refined products, crude oil, natural gas and produced water. Previously he was COO of Converge Midstream LLC and prior to Converge worked for Eclipse Midstream, LLC, PVR Partners, LP and Buckeye Partners, LP. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Sarah Hurt

Sr Vice President & General Counsel

Sarah Hurt has been with Jefferson since 2020 and oversees all Legal matters for the business. Ms. Hurt has 18 years of experience within the energy industry. Most recently, Ms. Hurt served as Vice President & General Counsel of Eureka Midstream, a natural gas gathering company in Appalachia. Ms. Hurt has also held Senior Counsel roles with TC Energy, Columbia Pipeline Group, and NiSource. Ms. Hurt’s extensive in-house experience follows a 10-year career in law firm practice at firms including Slaughter and May in London, England; and Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. Ms. Hurt graduated with a double first class degree from Oxford University in 2000.

Andrea Phillips

Vice President – Marketing and Commercial Development

Andrea Phillips is the Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Development at Jefferson Energy with commercial responsibility for developing crude oil opportunities and crude marketing. Andrea joined Jefferson in 2018 after serving in various finance, trading and business development roles with Conoco, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from New Mexico State University.

Arturo Garcia De La Riva

Vice President – Commercial Development, Mexico

Arturo Garcia de la Riva is the Vice President of Commercial Development at Jefferson Energy with commercial responsibility for refined products and Jefferson’s Mexico business. Prior to joining Jefferson in 2016, Arturo worked at TFM, KCSM and Kansas City Southern (KCS) where he performed various commercial and terminal development roles in Mexico and the US. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Universidad de las Américas – Puebla.

David Carrere

Vice President – Marketing and Commercial Development

David Carrere is the Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Development with commercial responsibility for developing crude oil opportunities and crude marketing. David joined Jefferson in 2021 after serving in various engineering, operations, and commercial roles with Shell and Motiva. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Marty Reynolds

Sr Vice President of Risk & Human Resources

Marty Reynolds is the Sr. Vice President of Risk and Human Resources of Jefferson Energy with management over Human Resources, Procurement, Governmental Affairs, Information Technology, and Insurance . Marty joined Jefferson Energy in 2013 after working in the manufacturing sector for 21 years.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Arkansas.

John Brown

Vice President of Operations

John Brown is the Vice President of Operations. John has responsibility for operations, maintenance, and logistics at Jefferson’s facilities. John joined Jefferson in 2018 as the Jefferson Terminal Manager after serving in various senior operational roles with Smarte Carte, Buckeye Partners, and Hess Corporation. John also served 13 years in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Major. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Scranton and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.