Joseph H. Petrowski, Jr. is a Senior Advisor and Director of Fuels for Yesway. He is responsible for establishing efficient gasoline procurement, distribution, retail marketing, and wholesale/retail pricing activities for Yesway with a particular focus on optimizing the fuel department cost structure and gross profit take. Working closely with the company’s senior operations executives, Joe helps manage the firm’s growth, improve operations, and implement the firm’s business plan. Joe is a member of Yesway’s Executive and Investment Committees.
From 2005 through 2013, Joe led the Cumberland Farms Gulf Oil Group (“Cumberland Farms”), a diversified petroleum and retail convenience store holding company located in 29 states with more than 8,000 employees and $13 billion in annual revenues. Cumberland Farms is the 34th largest private company on the Forbes 500 list. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, the company achieved record earnings and in 2012, Joe was named as one of the nation’s “Top Private Company CEOs” by ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives. After leaving Cumberland Farms, Joe founded Mercantor Partners, a private equity group focused on downstream energy distribution and retail convenience. Joe is a member of the Board of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), a publicly traded natural gas utility and national energy merchant, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Advisory Council, a Trustee of both Boston College High School and Trinity Catholic Schools, and serves on the Board of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers. He has written numerous articles on energy and public policy, regulation and market development, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg radio. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal and has testified before Congress and several regulatory agencies on energy and international trade issues.
Joe graduated cum laude from Harvard University.