Senior Leadership Team

Kirk Aubry

President and chief executive officer

Kirk Aubry is the President & CEO of Savage, 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 leading the Company into new businesses in the agriculture, energy and chemical, and environmental service 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.

Brad Crist

Sector President, Energy and Chemical

Brad has served in a number of financial and operational leadership roles across the United States. Prior to becoming Sector President for Savage's Energy and Chemical businesses, Brad was the Group Leader for the Company's Refinery and Power Solutions Group. Previous to that, 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, Maine. 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, and economic consulting practice in San Francisco, California.

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.

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 also practiced law with firms in Salt Lake City and New York City.

Kelly earned a bachelor's 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.

Jeff Kirkham

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Jeff started with Savage in 2013 supporting our refinery and power generation businesses. He later became VP & Unit Leader of Oil & Gas Transloading. In 2017, he joined what is now the Enterprise Leadership Team and currently leads many of our shared services teams including Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E), Talent Acquisition, People Solutions, People Development, Benefits, Compensation, Procurement, Equipment, and Reliability.

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 the management consulting and financial services industries. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Bob Knief

President of Bartlett; Sector President, Agriculture

Bob is President of Bartlett and Sector President, Agriculture for Savage Enterprises. Bob joined Bartlett in 2004. He began in domestic wheat merchandising and moved to managing the Mexico business as VP. In 2011 he was named President of Bartlett Grain, and was named President of Bartlett and Sector President, Agriculture in 2019. Bob began his career in the grain industry in 1992, working in origination with Continental Grain in Minneapolis, and in facility management in several locations before becoming an export wheat merchant in Kansas City for Continental. After Continental, Bob was a wheat merchant for Scoular Grain in Kansas City. Bob is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

Jeff Roberts

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff joined Savage in 2016 after four years as CFO of Maxum Enterprises, an integrated marine and land-based chemicals, petroleum, and lubricants supply company. In that role, he led the company’s Risk, Business Development, Corporate Finance, IT, Credit, Tax, Treasury, Collections, and Accounting teams and served for seven months as 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.

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.

Board of Managers

Kirk Aubry

President and chief executive officer

Kirk Aubry is the President & CEO of Savage, 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 leading the Company into new businesses in the agriculture, energy and chemical, and environmental service 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.

Hunter W. Armistead

Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

Hunter W. Armistead joined the Savage Board in 2021. He is currently President and Chief Investment Officer at Alaris Capital LLC, a concentrated, fundamental, global investment firm that invests opportunistically across asset classes in both publicly traded and private companies.

Prior to Alaris, Hunter worked at Bartlett Grain Company. At Bartlett, Hunter assisted the President of the company in financial planning, strategic planning, risk analysis and customer relationship management, and was a commodity manager for soybean meal.

Prior to Bartlett, Hunter was an analyst at Point72 Asset Management (f.k.a. SAC Capital Advisors), a multibillion-dollar long/short equity hedge fund, where he invested in the U.S. Internet, Chinese Internet and Consumer sectors.

Hunter began his career at Morgan Stanley as an investment banker in the Global Power and Utility Group. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a second major in economics.

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.

Viral Gandhi

Board Member

Viral Gandhi joined the Savage Board in 2021. He is currently a Portfolio Manager at Alaris Capital LLC, a concentrated, fundamental, global investment firm that invests opportunistically across asset classes in both publicly traded and private companies.

Prior to Alaris, Viral worked as a director in the Principal Investments Group at Willett Advisors, which invests the philanthropic assets of Michael R. Bloomberg. Previously, Viral worked at Morgan Stanley as an investment banker focused on the financial institutions and power and utility sectors.

Viral earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College in economics and political science and also received a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is admitted to the New York bar.

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

Board Member

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, power generation, and refinery 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. He served 18 years as an Executive Vice President and retired from day-to-day business in 2017 to serve as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board for Savage Enterprises.

He serves on the Executive Committee for the National Coal Council, an appointment by the Secretary of Energy, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Great Salt Lake Council BSA.

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

Donald J. Stebbins

Board Member

Donald J. Stebbins joined the Savage Board of Managers in 2020. He has served on several Boards and as CEO of two publicly-traded, global manufacturing companies, in addition to other leadership roles in the automotive industry and financial services sectors.

Don currently serves on the Boards of Snap-on Tools and Kaiser Aluminum, and is Chairman of the Board for the Detroit Country Day School. He has experience serving on four other Boards, including Superior Industries, Visteon Corporation, WABCO Holdings, and ITT.

Don was President and CEO of Superior Industries, a global automotive supplier, where he led a transformation that included relocating the company’s headquarters to Michigan, completing a major acquisition, and improving corporate functions and programs. These and other actions resulted in nearly tripling EBITDA in a three-year timeframe.

At Visteon Corporation, a global supplier of climate, interior, and electronic products for vehicle manufacturers, Don served as Chairman and CEO and in other executive roles. He also served as President and COO, Americas and in other senior positions for Lear Corporation, a global supplier of automotive seats and electronic products.

Prior to working in the automotive industry, Don held leadership positions in the financial services sector, including as a Vice President at Bankers Trust Company, an Assistant Vice President at Citibank and an Assistant Vice President at First Chicago.