Board of Managers

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.

We're fortunate to have a Board with extensive and diverse experience to support the Savage Leadership and ensure they are delivering for our Team Members, Customers, and Shareholders.

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Kirk Aubry

President and Chief Executive Officer

David Crane

Board Member

J Kimo Esplin

J. Kimo Esplin

Board Member

Bill Fellows

President and CEO of Bartlett and Company

James Hebenstreit

Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

Crystal C. Maggelet

Board Member

Craig Omer

Board Member

John Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Engineering, Equipment, Procurement & Reliability

Nathan Savage

Sector President, Environmental

Todd Savage

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Kirk Aubry

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kirk Aubry is the President & CEO of Savage Enterprises, 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 Savage 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, environmental services, and agricultural 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 E-Z-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.

David Crane

Board Member

David is a seasoned energy industry executive, having served as CEO of three publicly traded energy companies over 13 years. He led NRG Energy, a Fortune 250 company and the largest non-utility power company in the United States, with 11,000 Team Members and 3 million Customers from 2003 until 2015.

Under his leadership, NRG became a leader in clean energy technologies including distributed solar power, electric vehicle charging, portable solar/storage, and carbon capture/enhanced oil recovery. David also served as the CEO of NRG Yield, also an NYSE-listed company owning renewable and gas-fired power generation facilities.

Prior to serving as CEO of NRG and NYLD, David was CEO of International Power, an FTSE-100 power generation company headquartered in London. He also served as a senior executive at Lehman Brothers in New York and Hong Kong, a power plant developer at ABB Energy Ventures in Hong Kong, and a corporate attorney at White & Case, a law firm in New York. David earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from Harvard.

He is currently affiliated with the following for-profit and not-for-profit boards and organizations:

• Pegasus Capital Advisors – a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle market companies focused on sustainability and wellness;

• ACWA Power – a Saudi Arabian company that operates large energy and water desalination projects;

• Global Value Light (GVL) – a lighting joint venture between Lighting Science Group and MLS;

• JERA – a joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric based in Tokyo, Japan;

• Sigora Haiti – a renewables-driven microgrid company active in Haiti; and

• Vote Solar – an advocacy group championing laws and regulations at the state level designed to promote greater access to solar power.
J Kimo Esplin

J. Kimo Esplin

Board Member

Kimo joined Savage’s Board in October 2016. He previously worked as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Huntsman Corporation. Prior to his appointment as CFO in 1999, Kimo served as Huntsman’s Treasurer from 1994 to 1999. He was previously a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Bankers Trust Company. Kimo also serves as a Director of Nutraceutical International Corporation. He and his wife Kaye are the parents of eight children.

Kimo earned his MBA degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is currently a member of the BYU Marriott School’s National Advisory Council.

Bill Fellows

President and CEO of Bartlett and Company

Bill Fellows is President and CEO of Bartlett and Company, and Sector President, Agriculture, for Savage Enterprises. Bill joined Bartlett in 1998. He was President of Bartlett Grain Company from 2005 until 2011. He became EVP of Bartlett in 2011, then its President in 2014, and was appointed CEO in 2015. Prior to joining Bartlett, Bill had worked for the Alaska Railroad for 12 years—as a track laborer, Conductor and Terminal Superintendent. He then worked for short-line railroads—as President of the Central Kansas Railway, the Kansas and Southwestern Railway, and the Panhandle Northern Railroad.

James Hebenstreit

Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

James Hebenstreit is the Non-Executive Vice Chairman for the Savage Enterprises Board of Managers. James served as Chairman (since 2013), President (1992-2013), and CEO (2005-2015) of Bartlett and Company. Previously, with Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) for five years, he was CFO of Commerce and President of Venture Capital Affiliate and a Director of Commerce for 30 years (Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, member of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee), retiring in 2018. Earlier, James worked with Butler Manufacturing Company for nine years. James was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He served three years in the Navy (LT), in Washington, DC. James is presently a Trustee of the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School Foundation in Monterey, CA.

Crystal C. Maggelet

Board Member

Crystal Maggelet joined the Savage Board in September of 2013. Crystal is currently the CEO and President of FJ Management Inc., and Co-Owner of the Crystal Inn. FJ Management is a diversified family business. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include Big West Oil, which operates a petroleum refinery; Maverik, a convenience-store chain with 240 locations; and TAB, an industrial loan bank. Additionally, FJ Management has minority stakes in EFS, a card processing company, and Pilot Flying J.

Crystal holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University. She also earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Craig Omer

Board Member

Craig Omer joined the company’s Board of Directors in March 2015.

Craig worked for 36 years as an accounting services professional, primarily at KPMG where he served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City office from 1997 to 2009. He has provided services to a variety of publicly traded and privately held companies, including Savage, performing auditing, financial reporting, and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance services.

His professional and civic activities include having served as Board Chairman of Junior Achievement of Utah, Board Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, Board Treasurer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Brigham Young University and Weber State University National School of Accountancy Advisory Boards, member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council.

Craig was the recipient of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants' 2003 Outstanding CPA in Public Practice Award and Junior Achievement’s 2005 National Gold Leadership Award.

After retiring from KPMG in 2009, Craig served as president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Craig and his wife Catherine have four children and sixteen grandchildren. Craig is a graduate of the University of Utah, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

John Savage

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Engineering, Equipment, Procurement & Reliability

Since joining Savage 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

Sector President, Environmental

Nathan joined Savage in 1995. Prior to his current role in leading Savage's Environmental Sector, Nathan led Savage's Oil & Gas Solutions Group; served in Operations Management, Finance, and Business Development; was Group Leader for the Refinery and Sulphur Solutions Group; and 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.

Todd Savage

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Having worked with Savage since 1979, Todd has literally grown up with the company. His experience includes operations management, business development in the coal and power generation industries, and project development from creation through implementation on many projects.

Todd’s insight and creativity in developing innovative solutions for challenging materials management, transportation issues, and facility operations has been integral in shaping the philosophy and business model of Savage.

Todd earned a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

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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