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Western Marketing Inc. Announces New President and New Board Member

Mike Miller joined the company as President, following the retirement of Rich Hasten. Mr. Miller brings 30 years of experience in leadership and business management to Western Marketing. Previously, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Sun Energy, a manufacturer and marketer of branded fuels in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest.

Before joining Blue Sun, Mike spent a decade overseas with Castrol and later British Petroleum where he ran successively larger lubricant businesses in South East Asia and led Castrol’s downstream entry in Indonesia. His earlier years of broad-based financial and strategic experiences included roles with both PepsiCo and Ford.

Also joining the Western Marketing team as a member of its Board of Directors is Chris Haire. Previously, Mr. Haire initiated and completed the management buyout of FINA Lubricants to create LUBRICANTS USA (LUSA), which he later sold to TOTAL SA. Following the sale, Mr. Haire served as President and CEO of LUSA’s successor company, TOTAL Lubricants USA Southwest. Mr. Haire retired at year-end 2009. Earlier in his career, Mr. Haire was a senior manager of FINA Oil and Chemical Company’s downstream marketing operations and spent 11 years in progressive assignments with Phillips Petroleum Company, notably graduating from Phillips’ Executive Management training program and serving as Director of Strategic Planning.

Robert Sullivan, Co-Chairman of Western Marketing commented, “We are pleased to have added two such talented leaders to our team. Mike brings exceptional leadership and business management skills and has a style that fits great with Western Marketing’s sales driven culture. Chris brings a strong industry perspective to our board and provides excellent strategic input to our company.” Jason Reed, Co-Chairman of Western Marketing added, “The addition of Mike and Chris will help us pursue our strategy of rapid growth, both organic and through acquisition.” “We are pursuing acquisitions in and around our existing Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana foot print”, he added.

About Western Marketing
Western Marketing is a leading distributor of lubricants including heavy-duty motor oil, specialized industrial lubricants, natural gas engine oil with market leading positions in Texas and Oklahoma. Western Marketing is majority owned by Wingate Partners and CrimStone Partners, Dallas-based private equity groups.

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