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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Don Alexander

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Rail & Transload Solutions

Kirk Aubry

President and
chief executive officer

Brad Crist

Brad Crist

Sector President, Energy and Chemical

Mike Ellis, Savage Services Louisiana

Mike Ellis

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Marine Solutions

Bill Fellows

President and CEO of Bartlett and Company; Sector President, Agriculture

Kelly Flint

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Rod Geiger

Group Leader and President of Bartlett Milling Company

Jeff Kirkham

Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Shared Capabilities

Bob Knief

Group Leader and President of Bartlett Grain Company

Jason Ray

Jason Ray

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Industrial Facility Solutions

Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Shared Services

John Savage

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

Nathan Savage

Sector President, Environmental

Don Alexander

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Rail & Transload Solutions

Don joined Savage in 1983 as fixed asset manager and later as a manager of purchasing and support services before transitioning into operations. He served as general manager of Savage Brothers, Inc. (SBI), specializing in handling and transporting dry bulk construction materials, 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 1998, 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 over 40 facilities throughout North America.

His greatest strengths are in the development, start-up and management of new operations and in identifying and developing capable leaders and managers. In 2006, he returned to Salt Lake City and currently oversees the Rail, Industry, and Chemical Logistics Group consisting of 1,200 team members serving Customers at 138 operations throughout North America.

Don is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

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.
Mike Ellis, Savage Services Louisiana

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.

Bill Fellows

President and CEO of Bartlett and Company; Sector President, Agriculture

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.

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.

Rod Geiger

Group Leader and President of Bartlett Milling Company

Rod Geiger is President of Bartlett Milling Co. and a Group Leader for Savage Enterprises. Rod joined Bartlett Grain in January 1988 as an accountant. He was promoted to Supervisor in the Transportation Group in December 1988 and completed the CPA examination in November 1989. Rod transferred to Bartlett Milling in 1994 as Assistant to the Chairman and was promoted to VP in 1995. Rod transferred to Milling’s Statesville, NC location in May 1996 before returning to Kansas City in 1998 where he served as EVP and GM of Bartlett Milling. He was promoted to President of Milling in 2007. Rod graduated from Missouri Western State College with a degree in Accounting and has an MBA with a finance emphasis from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Jeff Kirkham

Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Shared Capabilities

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

Group Leader and President of Bartlett Grain Company

Bob Knief is President of Bartlett Grain Company and a Group Leader for Savage Enterprises. Knief 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. 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.
Jason Ray

Jason Ray

Executive Vice President and Group Leader, Industrial Facility Solutions

Jason joined Savage in 2005 and became Group Leader for Savage's Industrial Facility Solutions Group in 2018. Previously, Jason also lead the Company's Strategy, Marketing, and Business Development teams. Jason 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 an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Shared Services

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.

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.

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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