Robert E. Kent – Advisory Board Member

Mr. Kent has 34 years experience of countless duties and responsibilities in refinery management, business leadership and strategic development. He has a proven track record of identifying, creating and capturing refinery value as well as at asset and trading interface. He has direct experience in operations, engineering, and trading. Mr. Kent has excelled at creating systems that resulted in measurable improvements in performance. He is recognized for theoretical and technical analysis of issues, has an understanding of complex and difficult subjects and as needed, has the ability to simplify and relate them to others. 

Mr. Kent has a Masters in Business Administration Finance from the University of Minnesota, Carlton School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin. He is on the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association Board of Directors and is active on several committees including Manufacturing and Process Safety. Mr. Kent is a Professional Engineer registered in the state of Minnesota. Mr. Kent’s career experience includes Vice President of Refining at CITGO. This position was responsible for the business and operations of the three CITGO refineries (combined capacity of 820,000 barrels per day (BPD) and 2,500 employees.) He was also accountable for the Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Group, the CITGO Capital Investment Program and the Supply Chain System in Houston. Prior to that, Mr. Kent served as CITGO Vice President and Refinery Manager in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This position was responsible for managing all aspects of a 420,000 BPD heavy crude, high conversion refinery and a 9,500 BPD lubricants plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana.