Keynote Speaker

Stephen L. Hightower

Stephen L. Hightower President and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC) in 2019 lead a $499 million business enterprise consisting of five national and international businesses, all providing energy solutions. A self-made entrepreneur since 1979, Mr. Hightower grew his Ohio Nationwide-based wholesale fuel distribution company into an International energy solutions enterprise covering the entire energy value chain, from petroleum supply to power production. Mr. Hightower’s blue-chip customer base includes, Duke Energy, General Motors Corporation, The Kroger Company, Fed Ex, SCANNA, Ford Motor Company UPS, Honda, Con-Edison, Nissan, ATT, United Rentals, JLL Dominion Transportation, PEPCO Utility, and State of Ohio amongst others.

Mr. Hightower has extensive skills in developing and operating business enterprises, managing Global Supply Chains and rapid growth strategies while navigating governmental and regulatory approvals.

Today Steve has penetrated the Upstream Markets and is delivering crude oil and marketing LNG globally.

As President and Chairman of HP Energy, an energy development company that engage engineering and technology to reduce energy consumption and to create alternative power to Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Waste to Energy, Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Solar applications. Hightower has been active in the development of clean power generation in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a recent focus on South Africa waste-to-energy projects.

Hightower serves at the pleasure of former President Obama and was re-confirmed by President Trump with two appointments; the Department of Interior’s, National Park Foundation and Department of Energy’s National Petroleum Council. Those appointments were continued under President Trump.

Hightower was the recipient of the 2014 National MED Week Award from the US Department of Commerce, and 2013 Black Enterprise Magazine’s Industrial/Service Company of the Year, 2018 Rainbow PUSH Living Legend Award and 2019 Duke Energy Supplier of the year award.

Hightower was also involved with Power Africa, an initiative by Former President Barack Obama to increase the electrification on the continent of Africa and served in two trade missions with the US Department of Commerce and US Department of Transportation Secretaries, to Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Mozambique.

Hightowers Petroleum Co. through the leadership of Mr. Stephen Hightower, continues to provide its customers with unique processes and has built a supply chain that “Exceeds Expectations” while “Fueling Global Energy Needs” one customer at a time!

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