Chief Strategic Officer
Mr. Smith is a third generation owner/ operator of an Alaska marine transportation business. He began as a deckhand with Smith Lighterage in 1973 and eventually purchased the family business in 1987. In the following 10 years, revenues increased by more than ten times as the business expanded its fleet and geographic service area. After several acquisitions, the company was merged with Yukon Fuel Company in 1999. Mr. Smith served as its president from 2002 through 2005 when the company was sold to Crowley Maritime Corporation. Prior to leaving Crowley in 2009, Mr. Smith served as VP of Marketing and Sales. Mr. Smith has an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Charon worked in the marine transportation/ fuel distribution industry for 20 years. In 1997 he began work at Yukon Fuel Company managing inventories, providing sales analysis, pricing support, ISO 9000 implementation, and product tracking on Yukon’s tug and barge fleet. From 2001 through 2005 Mr. Charon served as Yukon’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all administrative and accounting staff as well as leading numerous acquisitions and strategic planning projects. Following his departure from Yukon in 2005, Justin was a principal owner of Great Circle Flight Services which provided fuel service to Anchorage International Airport and was sold in 2008. Mr. Charon has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and is a Certified Management Accountant. Most recently Mr. Charon has worked as an industry consultant in refined petroleum costing issues.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Smith brings 20+ years of experience blending operations, technology, corporate finance and entrepreneurial solutions to help the company deliver on key objectives. From 1998 to 2007, he served as VP with KeyBank NA in Anchorage with their Corporate and Investment Banking Division. While there, he managed large corporate and government relationships raising capital while delivering customer treasury, investment and risk management solutions. In May of 2007, he joined Carlile as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Treasurer and in June of 2013, Mr. Smith retired to start his own company, Unified Operations, LLC. At Unified Ops, he provided contract CFO solutions to a variety of middle market firms on the West Coast across a variety of industries. Mr. Smith earned his BBA in Management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and currently serves as the president of Commonwealth North. He is active in a number of Alaskan non-profits.
Director of Sales
Mr. Poston began work in the Alaska Fuel industry in 1984 with a start-up company that later became Delta Western. Over the next 25 years, he filled a variety of roles as company revenue grew to over 40 times the starting level. Mr. Poston left Delta Western in 2009 as Vice President for Western Alaska. During his tenure, he helped fuel the success of customers from a broad cross-section of Alaska industries including fisheries, marine, mining, aviation, construction, village corporations, electrical generation, school districts and more. Mr. Poston has called Alaska home since 1971. He has both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Alaska.
Director of Terminals
Mr. Turner has 22 years of experience in the marine, construction, and petroleum storage industries. After joining Statewide Petroleum Services in 2002, he gained extensive knowledge and experience through directing a variety of fuel system construction and maintenance projects across Alaska. Joining Restoration Science and Engineering in 2012, Mr. Turner focused on the design and integration of fuel systems and related regulatory compliance. Adam holds an Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute. In addition, he holds Professional Project Manager certificate from the Project Management Institute, is a certified above ground tank inspector (STI SP001 Standard), and a certified underground storage tank worker (State of Alaska).
Director of Marine Operations
Mr. Bartholomew has worked in the maritime petroleum /dry bulk cargo/operations integrity industry for over 35 years. His career started on vessels as a Tankerman eventually ascending to Captain. He transitioned from the vessel to the office in the role of Port Captain followed by Manager of Marine Operations and then Manager of Operations Integrity. Most recently Mr. Bartholomew served as General Manager for a prominent Alaska Marine freight distribution company. Mr. Bartholomew has depth and breadth in marine operations experience related to employee, customer, commercial transactions, and expertise in navigating State and Federal government regulatory policies (ISO/ISM 9000/14000/Sub Chapter M/OCIMF/SIRE).
Safety and Environmental Manager
Mr. O’Shea has over 25 years experience in the Health, Safety & Environmental consulting and regulatory arenas. His background includes environmental protection, investigations, and oil spill response operations with the US Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. In 1995 and 1996, Mr. O’Shea was an Environmental Manager during the world’s second largest inland oil spill on the Kolva River in the Komi Republic, Russia. Mr. O’Shea also has worked on the development of oil spill response plans for operations in the Russian Far East and for marine vessel operations in Alaska. His experience includes responses to numerous oil and hazardous material spills throughout the world and all aspects of spill response including marine, near-shore, and land-based recovery operations. He has provided health and safety training internationally and throughout the US including HAZWOPER, Hazard Communications, and the North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) courses. Mr. O’Shea is a seasoned trainer and provides annual regulatory training to Vitus Marine personnel.
Mr. Rose has nearly 20 years of work experience in the maritime industry with a specialty in tank ships. His career started in the North Atlantic as an apprentice in a shipping company operating general and petroleum carriers. After graduation from the apprenticeship program, he continued to work for the same organization in the capacity of Operations Manager before taking up his academic studies. He graduated with a Master’s of Science degree with a concentration in Marine Transportation and Port Management from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He subsequently assumed the role of Fleet Manager for a medium-sized container ship company. He left Germany at the end of 2001 to join a Vancouver-based firm, focusing on new shipbuilding projects in the Far East. Since 2003 he has held commercial/operational/technical positions with chemical parcel tanker owners and operators.
Marine Operations Manager
Mr. Stover has over nine years of experience working in Alaska’s marine industry transporting petroleum and freight. Marc worked five seasons in Western Alaska as a lead tankerman/deckhand eventually earning his United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License. Marc has a Master’s of Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s School of Business in Global Supply Chain Management studying Logistics. Mr. Stover is the Dispatch Manager for Vitus Marine overseeing the season schedules and the daily activities for their downstream operations.
Ms. Wilcox has over 10 years of seagoing experience on US flagged merchant vessels, holding a USCG credential as Chief Engineer, unlimited. She began sailing after graduation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2006 and gained experience in tug and barge operations, offshore oil spill recovery, offshore supply, and subsea construction. As a vessel chief engineer, she has been involved in every aspect of vessel operation, maintenance, repair, and construction. Ms. Wilcox holds a Master’s of Science in Marine Engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy. Additionally, she is a member of the Federal Towing Safety Advisory Committee, advising the US Coast Guard on matters related to tugboats and towing.
Human Resources Manager
Mrs. Pestrikoff has over 12 years of Administrative experience, with eight years in the Human Resources field. She began her Staffing career, where she was the main point of contact for a corporate contract with Schlumberger. She later took a position with a major Alaskan contractor, where she worked her way up to Sr. HR Generalist. Mrs. Pestrikoff’s experience has given her in-depth knowledge of regulated positions and the safety sensitivity of construction/transportation/energy industries. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska; she holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in business management and Marketing. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).
Mrs. Long has over 25 years of experience in Logistics and Inventory Management, with 12 years in the Alaska fuel industry. Mrs. Long came to Vitus from JB Gottstein, where she was the sales representative and handled their logistics for the bypass system. Before that, she was responsible for Inventory Management, Procurement, Logistics, and Fuel Inventory Management for a prominent Alaska freight distribution company. She has a proven track record for increased profit margin and increased sales and extensive experience in Logistics and Inventory Management. Mrs. Long has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Global Logistics Management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Senior Shoreside Manager, Western Alaska
Mr. Steward has over 30 years of experience in Alaska transportation, logistics, supply chain, and operations management within the energy and freight industries. He is the Senior Shoreside Manager and comes to Vitus Energy from a prominent Alaska fuel transportation, distribution, and sales company where he was responsible for transporting fuels throughout the Alaska road system. Before that, Mr. Steward was the Terminal Manager for Chevron Corporation, where he managed terminal operations relating to bulk delivery of gasoline and diesel products to approximately 200 stations. Mr. Steward holds a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Logistics Management.
Ms. Milkovich is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She comes to Vitus Energy from BP, where she worked as a Financial Analyst and was responsible for preparing monthly accruals and complex journal entries. She maintained internal control procedures to ensure transactions were recorded timely, accurately, and correctly. Ms. Milkovich is knowledgeable in accounting principles, practices, and applications. She is experienced with public and joint venture audits. Ms. Milkovich has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Mr. Ochoa began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2014. He conducted Data and Asset Analysis for multiple sites and rigs throughout the State of California. Mr. Ochoa’s joined the Vitus Energy team in 2016 as an Operations Support Specialist. He was responsible for organizing, coordinating, and administering support for Marine Operations. He provided ground support and logistics for multiple projects and operations across the state of Alaska. In 2020, Mr. Ochoa was promoted to Asset Manager, where he is responsible for the procurement, logistics, and management of the company’s assets and general asset compliance.
Mr. Peoples comes to Vitus Energy with over 25 years of experience in Facilities Management. Before Vitus Energy, Mr. Peoples worked for Liquor Stores North. He managed over 20 facilities and oversaw five stores’ renovation, where he was responsible for directing crews of subcontractors and direct hire maintenance workers. Mr. Peoples worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a QC Management and Safety Professional and was an OSHA 30 trainer for five years.
Senior Retail Operations Manager
Mr. Brown has over 20 years of high-level management experience. He possesses vital planning, organizational development, office technology, and general management qualifications. Before Vitus Energy, Mr. Brown was a Regional Field Trainer & Recruiter and a District Manager for Holiday Station stores. He supported management in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures. Mr. Brown has a Dr. of Business Administration from Northcentral University, a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from National American University.
Senior Shoreside Manager, Central Alaska
Mr. Borum came to Alaska with the United States Air Force where he worked as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Technician in 2005. After multiple assignments and worldwide deployments, he honorably separated from the Air Force and began working as a CDL driver for a local distributor of petroleum products and lubricants in Alaska. While there, Mr. Borum completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University. Throughout Mr. Borum’s 10-year employment with the petroleum distributor he experienced progressive career growth. Before joining the Vitus Energy team, he was the Director of Fuel Marketing and Operation for the Road System in Alaska where he was responsible for issues related to supply, logistics and trucking, business development, and marketing while working with a spectrum of customers from across the state.
Customer Service Manager
Mr. Seegers began his career with Vitus Energy in 2016 as a Receivables and Customer Service Professional. He was responsible for invoicing and accounts receivable records for Vitus’ Bethel location. From there he was promoted to Account Administrator for the Bethel location and is now the Customer Service Manager responsible for coordinating communication, marketing, and sales with potential customers in new service areas throughout the state of Alaska. Mr. Seegers has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Ottawa University and has over 15 years’ related experience.
Project Development Engineer
Mr. Coughlin comes to Vitus with over 24 years of Construction Project Management experience with 7 years in engineering management involving engineered construction designs, local and state permitting, environmental compliance, and legal and regulatory compliance. Ambrose began his career working in the family General Contracting business moving onto larger Construction firms progressing into management. He comes to Vitus Energy from a local consulting firm where he was an OSP Engineer responsible for the supervision and coordination of construction activities across the state of Alaska.
Ambrose proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman at Camp Lejeune N.C. and National Naval Medical Research Institute Bethesda MD.