President & Chief Executive Officer
Jon Ihler was appointed as president and chief executive officer by the MFA Oil Company board of directors on July 31, 2019. Ihler, who had been serving as interim CEO since April 25, 2019, is the fifth CEO in the cooperative’s 90-year history.
Ihler joined MFA Oil in 2001 working in Big O Tires and Jiffy Lube management before moving to Colorado where he owned and operated his own franchised automotive business. He returned to MFA Oil in 2006 serving as business development manager, director of sales and marketing and vice president of sales and marketing prior to being named interim chief executive. Ihler is a Columbia, Missouri native and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Janice Serpico joined MFA Oil as chief human resource officer in January 2015. Serpico is responsible for employee relations, payroll, HRIS, training, employee development, recruiting, compensation and benefits.
Serpico brings 30 years of human resources experience to MFA Oil. She served as the vice president of corporate human resources at Scientific Games Corporation in Chicago. Her responsibilities included oversight of global compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, talent development, payroll, employee services and corporate human resources. Previously, Serpico was a partner at IBM in their human capital management practice where she worked with fortune 100 companies to develop their global human resource strategy, re-engineer business processes and implement efficient human resource systems. Prior to that, Serpico worked at Mid America Pipeline Company and Amoco in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Serpico is a native of Columbia Missouri and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Raetz was appointed chief financial officer on July 30, 2019. Raetz leads the company's finance strategy and oversees the company's accounting, finance and information technology operations.
Raetz brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting to his new role. Prior to joining MFA Oil Company in July as vice president and controller, Raetz served as chief financial officer and vice president at MFA Incorporated. Previously, Raetz was chief financial officer at OCCI, Inc., director of accounting at MFA Oil Company, financial services manager at MidwayUSA and senior staff accountant and manager at Dalton & Marberry CPAs.
Raetz received his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Truman State University.
Senior Vice President of Retail
Curtis Chaney was named senior vice president of retail in December 2014. Chaney is responsible for the Break Time convenience stores.
Chaney brings 30 years of convenience store experience to MFA Oil. He was employed by Tri Star Marketing, Inc., based in Champaign, Illinois, since 2000. The company operates 55 Super Pantry convenience stores in Illinois and Indiana. Chaney served as the vice president and chief operating officer for Tri-Star since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a district manager for Speedway SuperAmerica. Originally from Kentucky, Chaney graduated with a business degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1984 and received his MBA from Eastern Illinois University in 2011.
Senior Vice President of MFA Oil Operations
Kenny Steeves was named senior vice president of MFA Oil operations in 2019, an expansion of his previous role as vice president of bulk and propane plant operations. Before joining MFA Oil, Steeves served five years in the U.S. Army, during which time he attended Cameron University in Oklahoma.
In 1998, Steeves began as a salesman at the Jasper bulk plant and in 1999, assumed the role of manager over the plant. In 2006, he was promoted to area manager, adding supervision of Jasper, Carthage, Lamar and Sarcoxie to his duties. In 2007, Steeves was promoted to district sales manager over the Oklahoma district and in 2010, transferred, assuming the role of southwest Missouri district sales manager. Steeves took on the role of vice president of MFA Oil’s western region before being elevated to vice president of bulk fuel and propane operations in 2015. Steeves grew up in Jasper, Missouri and is a long-time Missouri resident.
Vice President of Supply and Government Affairs
James Greer was named vice president of supply and government affairs in 2014. Greer joined MFA Oil in 1993 as a training agent after graduating from Oklahoma State University with an Ag Economics degree. He became manager of the Columbia bulk and propane plants in 1996, and was promoted to northeast Missouri district sales manager in 1998. Greer then served as Oklahoma district sales manager from 2003 until 2007, when he was promoted to western region sales manager for the company’s bulk fuel and propane operations. He served in that role until 2012 when he was promoted to western region vice president.
In his current role, Greer oversees the supply department, which controls refinery output, pipeline shipments, propane procurement, terminal pricing and the forward contract program. He also works with industry trade association to monitor legislative issues and coordinate the company's lobbying efforts. Greer grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, working summers in Missouri on his grandparents’ farms. He was introduced to MFA Oil at a young age by his grandfather, who was an MFA Oil board member from Marshfield, Missouri.
Vice President of Retail Automotive
Edward Harper was named vice president of retail automotive in November 2015, a promotion from his previous role as director of Jiffy Lube, retail construction and maintenance operations. Harper now oversees Big O Tires operations for MFA Oil, in addition to his previous duties.
Harper joined MFA Oil in 1995 and has worked in a variety of roles, including supervisory positions with Break Time, Jiffy Lube and Big O Tires. He began his career in the retail automotive industry working for a carwash and Jiffy Lube franchisee in Springfield, Missouri for 10 years. Harper is a graduate of State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri with a degree in business management. He grew up on his family’s farm in Smithton, Missouri raising cattle and row crops.
Vice President of Logistics
Larry Ehrman was named vice president of logistics in September 2016. He oversees operations at the MFA Oil Business Support Campus in Moberly, Mo., which includes routing and technical field support for fuels and propane delivery trucks, petroleum plant and equipment maintenance, warehousing and distribution of company parts, packaged goods and bulk lubricants, truck fabrication and service shop, training center, and quality control lab.
Ehrman has more than 30 years of cooperative energy experience. His previous positions include petroleum representative for Farmland, vice president of petroleum at Panhandle Coop, vice president of petroleum and CEO at American Pride Coop and COO at Agfinity. Ehrman grew up on a family farm in western Nebraska raising row crops and cattle. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a degree in animal science.
Executive Assistant and Corporate/Board of Directors Secretary
Tami Ensor joined MFA Oil Company in March 2015 as the executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief human resources officer. Ensor was further named as corporate secretary and secretary to the board of directors in September 2015. Ensor brings over 20 years of experience as an administrative professional. She worked for 18.5 years as the administrative assistant to the plant manager of Cerro Flow Products LLC in Shelbina, Missouri and for 1.5 years as administrative assistant to the president of Hannibal-LaGrange University before joining MFA Oil.
Ensor grew up on a farm in Audrain County and attended school in Paris, Missouri. She graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University in 1991 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration. She and her family are fourth generation farmers and reside in Monroe County, Missouri where they have a family farming operation.