Chief Executive 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 Strategic 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 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.
Director, Supply & Product Tanker, Chartering & Operations
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Eickhoff is a Certified Fraud Examiner with a Bachelor of Science degree and over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Most recently, he served as the Controller for a local transportation company where he oversaw all accounting functions for multiple locations, conducted financial forecasting and budget monitoring, and completed regulatory reporting for Federal, State, and local agencies. Mr. Eickhoff is responsible to lead the invoicing, vendor payment, general ledger accounting, payroll processing, closing processes, and tax and audit preparation for Vitus Energy.
Mr. Porcelli has over 20 years of experience in data communications and enterprise-level networking. He is Microsoft Certified System Engineer and has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education with an emphasis in Information Technology and Management. Mr. Porcelli comes to Vitus Energy from an Alaska Native Corporation where he implemented network security and established IT standards for hardware, software, and network infrastructure.