Senior Leadership Team

Integrity is at the core of Savage leadership — because without it nothing else matters.
What sets our leaders apart is how they solve problems, deliver results and demonstrate stewardship.

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Kirk Aubry

President and
chief executive officer

Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Flint

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

John Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Engineering & Equipment Solutions

Nathan Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Oil & Gas Solutions

Don Alexander

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Railway, Industry & Chemical Logistics

Curtis Dowd

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Development and Strategy

Jason Ray

Jason Ray

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Marine Solutions

Jeff Kirkham

Executive Vice President, People Group Leader

Brad Crist

Brad Crist

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Refinery & Power Solutions

Kirk Aubry

President and
chief executive officer

Kirk Aubry is the President & CEO of Savage Companies, a privately-held transportation, materials management and logistics company founded in 1946. He joined Savage as Chief Operating Officer in 2010, was named President of the Company in 2012 and was named CEO in 2015. Kirk has been instrumental in assisting the Company and the Savage family to effectively manage private company ownership, continuity and succession issues and also in leading the Company into new businesses in the oil and gas, inland and offshore marine and environmental services markets.

He has held executive positions in technology and manufacturing companies in addition to leading a successful business services company. Kirk led the transformation of Textron, Inc., a Fortune 150 company that manufactures Cessna airplanes, Bell helicopters and EZ Go golf carts. He was Chief Operating Officer at Cadence Innovation, a global automotive manufacturer. Just prior to joining Savage, Kirk was a Partner at the CEO Project where he advised companies on growth strategies. He has also served on the Boards of both public and private companies. Kirk earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Western Ontario.
Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff joined Savage in 2016, after four years serving as the CFO of Maxum Enterprises, an integrated marine and land-based chemicals, petroleum and lubricants supply company. In that role, he led that company’s Risk, Business Development, Corporate Finance, IT, Credit, Tax, Treasury, Collections and Accounting teams, and served for seven months as its interim President. Jeff previously was the Controller and Retail Division CFO at Flying J and worked in auditing positions with PRG Schultz and Ernst and Young.

Originally from Pocatello, Idaho, Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Utah State University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Accountancy from Weber State University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Utah.

Kelly Flint

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Kelly joined Savage in 2003 as a Senior Vice President, and became General Counsel in 2008. Prior to joining Savage, Kelly was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. He has also practiced law with firms in Salt Lake City and New York City.

Kelly earned a bachelor degree from the University of Utah in political science. He received a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Law Review. He is admitted to both the Utah and New York bars.

John Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Engineering & Equipment Solutions

Since joining the company in 1970, John’s wide-ranging experience has included operations administrations, start-up, construction and project management, including the construction and operations of the Wasco Coal Terminal. He has been instrumental in the development of many of the company’s key productivity and financial management tools.

As Operations Vice President, John led the development of lightweight, state-of-the-art transportation equipment and contributed to the expansion of the company into the national bulk materials management industry. He is currently responsible for the design and construction of systems and facilities; the acquisition, maintenance and sale of all equipment; the procurement of materials and services; and the acquisition and sale of all real estate holdings.

John attended Brigham Young University to study interpersonal communications and organizational behavior. He has since earned certification from the University of Chicago in advanced management development.

Nathan Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Oil & Gas Solutions

Nathan joined Savage in 1995. Prior to his current role in leading Savage's Oil & Gas Solutions Group, he served in Operations Management, Finance, and Business Development and as Group Leader for the Refinery and Sulphur Solutions Group and also Group Leader for the Commercial Development Group.

Before joining Savage, Nathan worked as an Operating Manager in Pennsylvania for a venture capital group in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Nathan has a bachelor of arts in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Don Alexander

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Railway, Industry & Chemical Logistics

Don joined the Savage organization in 1983 as fixed asset manager and later as a manager of purchasing and support services. He served as general manager of Savage Brothers, Inc., (SBI), a company specializing in handling and transporting dry bulk construction materials, other industrial minerals and heavy haul operations. During his tenure at SBI, he was instrumental in developing and operating terminals in Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Utah.

In 1988, Don relocated to the eastern United States to provide leadership and management direction to nine chemical transloading facilities. Under his direction and in collaboration with a capable team of managers, the network grew to 40 facilities throughout North American.

His greatest strengths are in the development, start-up and management of new operations and in identifying and developing capable leaders and managers. He currently oversees the Railway and Industry Solutions Group, which provides rail-related services throughout North America and internationally.

Don is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

Curtis Dowd

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Development and Strategy

Curtis joined Savage Companies in 2004, after 10 years in the finance and legal groups at Huntsman Corporation, a large global chemical company. At Huntsman, Curtis served as Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations; as a divisional Senior Vice President, Finance & Business Development; Vice President, Corporate Development and as a divisional Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Huntsman, he served as corporate law associate with New York-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

Curtis served as a CPA and Tax Manager in the international tax practice of Price Waterhouse prior to receiving his law degree from Fordham University.
Jason Ray

Jason Ray

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Jason joined Savage in 2005 and has held various positions related to Savage’s refinery business, including positions in Finance, Operations Management, and Business Development. Prior to joining Savage, he held Marketing, Finance, and Product Development positions at publicly traded and privately held companies, including IBM, Pillsbury, Allegiance, and Advanced Clinical Research.

Jason holds a bachelor of arts in marketing from the University of Utah and a MBA from Brigham Young University.
Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Marine Solutions

Mike joined Savage in February 2017, as Executive Vice President and Group Leader of the Company’s Marine Solutions Group. He is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to joining Savage, Mike served as President of Settoon Towing, LLC. At Settoon, Mike played a critical role in leading the company to increase revenues by a factor of five.

Before joining Settoon in 2007, Mike’s roles included Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. in Lockport, Louisiana. Mike helped develop the company from a local shipyard to a regional powerhouse in shipbuilding and ship repair services with more than 2,000 employees. Prior to his career in the marine industry, Mike served as a Vice President and interim Chief Financial Officer at Wireless One, Inc., a communications company in Jackson, Mississippi. Early in his career, he was an Associate Partner at accounting and consulting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville, LLP, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Jeff Kirkham

Executive Vice President, People Group Leader

Jeff joined Savage’s Refinery & Power Solutions Group in 2013. He later moved to the Oil & Gas Solutions Group working most recently as Unit Leader of the Oil & Gas Transloading business. He currently leads Savage’s People Group which includes the areas of Safety, Health and Environmental, Benefits, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Performance Solutions.

Jeff came to Savage from the airline industry as Director of Corporate Real Estate at United Airlines and at Continental Airlines before that. Prior to the airlines, he served the needs of corporations and individuals in both the financial services and management consulting industries including as Regional Manager for the Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Utah and a MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
Brad Crist

Brad Crist

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Refinery & Power Solutions

Brad has served in a number of financial and operational leadership roles across the United States. Prior to becoming the Group Leader of Savage’s Refinery and Power Solutions Group, Brad served as a Senior Vice President and Refinery Industry Unit Leader over Savage’s US Refinery operations. He also served as a Business Unit Leader in Long Beach, CA over Savage’s West Coast refinery operations, and led the integration as General Manager of a newly acquired warehousing, chemical processing and multimodal transportation business in Auburn, ME. Brad joined Savage in 2002 as an analyst in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining Savage, he worked as a consultant in Andersen’s strategy, finance & economic consulting practice in San Francisco, CA.

Brad earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University with a B.A. degree in Economics. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Auburn (ME) Business Development Committee and on the United Way of Salt Lake Young Leaders Steering Committee.

Real Leadership Requires Character

Integrity is at the core of Savage leadership — because without it nothing else matters. At Savage, we believe a leader must be a:

strategist

They understand customer needs and respond with value-creating solutions.

communicator

They actively listen and effectively convey information.

energizer

Their enthusiasm and sense of urgency inspire people.

collaborator

They develop cooperative relationships and add value to teams.

mentor

They encourage and enable our next generation of leaders to do things they never dreamed possible.

innovator

They develop and lead the delivery of game changing solutions.

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