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

Brad Crist

Brad Crist

Sector President, Energy and Chemical

Kelly Flint

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Jeff Kirkham

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Bob Knief

President of Bartlett; Sector President, Agriculture

Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nathan Savage

Sector President, Environmental

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. 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

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 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 Shared Capabilities 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.

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

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.

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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