The Ponderosa Petroleum Team
Charles Reilly - President and Founder
Charles has been responsible for the vision, growth and continued success of Ponderosa Petroleum since its founding in 2001. He began his career in the early 1980s as a lab technician for EW Saybolt, testing residual fuel oils and asphalt. He spent a dozen years in positions of increasing responsibility at Great Plains Corp., becoming their vice president in 1987. After working as an independent contractor for Consolidated Oil & Transportation, he cofounded Pioneer Oil in 2000, selling his shares to pursue his own interest of founding Ponderosa Petroleum. Charles and his wife of nearly 35 years have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys singing in church choir and bow hunting for pigs in Texas.
Brian James - Vice President
Brian has a degree in Finance from Emporia State University. He began his career with Koch Industries, and has extensive experience in the transportation of refined fuels. With Ponderosa Petroleum, Brian has been an active committee member of the Asphalt Institute, the industry’s trade organization. In his free time, Brian enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf and being involved with his two children’s activities.
Jeff Miles - Marketing
Jeff has 38 years of experience in every aspect of the petroleum industry, from owning his own service station to running the asphalt department for a major refiner. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Jeff markets asphalts, fuel oils and refinery feed stocks in the Upper Midwest, specializing in the barge transport of products through the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Mississippi River systems. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his first granddaughter.
Tori Gibbs — Finance Controller
Tori has two decades of experience in managing finances for small businesses across a variety of industries. Her knowledge of accounting principles has proven invaluable to the growth of Ponderosa Petroleum since she joined the company in 2009. Tori enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement, and spends her Sundays working with the youth programs at her church.
Kim Mathews — Logistics Manager
New to the petroleum industry, Kim joined Ponderosa in 2014. Previously she worked in construction, accounting, and office management. She enjoys camping, doing things outdoors, and watching her two boys play sports.
Meegon Reilly - Founding Member of Ponderosa Petroleum
Meegon’s transportation career began with the company’s founding in 2001, operating from the basement of their home in Parker, Colorado. She learned the business from the ground up, and has been a key part of the company’s success. Meegon is now semi-retired, and spends most of her time with her four grandchildren.