Leadership Team

Harry R. Halloran, Jr. / Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Halloran is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Refining Group. He is also the Chairman and CEO of ARG Resources. Mr. Halloran is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in civil engineering. After graduating, he entered the Augustinian seminary for four years and earned a Master of Arts degree in theology.

Mr. Halloran is founder and CEO of Energy Unlimited, Inc., a company involved in the renewable-energy field, and has served on the board of The American Wind Energy Association. Other past positions include Trustee of Villanova University, College of Commerce and Finance; and Trustee of The Academy of Natural Sciences. He is also the Founding Trustee of The Enlightened World Foundation and the Halloran Foundation. He is a member of the Caux Round Table and serves on the Board of The Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Mr. Halloran founded Halloran Philanthropies in 2007 with the belief that business is one of the most powerful drivers for positive social change. The purpose of Halloran Philanthropies is to help create a healthier world community that promotes economic development through microfinance, global business ethics and community service to revitalize low-income neighborhoods.


Jeannine T. Schoenecker / President, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Schoenecker joined ARG as Assistant Controller in 1985. Later that year, she assumed the position of Controller and in 1991 she was promoted to Vice President of Accounting. Ms. Schoenecker assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer in 2008. She assumed the role of president and chief operating officer in 2011. She is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of ARG's operational policies, objectives and initiatives, as well as for the attainment of short- and long-term financial and operational goals. Ms. Schoenecker is charged with directing ARG's development to ensure future growth. Ms. Schoenecker is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Ms. Schoenecker holds a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


Timothy Brown / Executive Vice President

Mr. Brown was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2011. Mr. Brown was named Vice President of Refinery Sales and Marketing in 2008 and in 2010 became Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is responsible for the sale and marketing of ARG’s refinery outputs including: fuels, solvents, base oils and waxes. Prior to being appointed a vice president, Mr. Brown held the position of Director of Refinery Sales. Mr. Brown has more than 15 years of experience in the lubricant and petroleum industries. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University.


Robert C. Esch / Vice President of External Affairs

Mr. Esch was named Vice President of Blending and Packaging in 1998 and became Vice President of External Affairs in 2011. Mr. Esch directs the organization's policies and objectives involving local, state and federal government affairs by monitoring and analyzing proposed legislative and regulatory actions. Mr. Esch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Bonaventure University.



Steven Sherk  / Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety

Mr. Sherk joined ARG as Environmental Manager in 2000 and served in that position until 2003.  From November 2003 until July 2004 he served as Environmental and Safety Manager. In July 2004, Mr. Sherk assumed leadership for ARG’s environmental, health and safety compliance and was named Vice President of EHS Compliance. Mr. Sherk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Slippery Rock State University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1976. Mr. Sherk formerly served as HSE Manager at a Honeywell Corp. facility in Farmers Valley, Pa., prior to joining ARG.


William Murray / Vice President of Supply Chain/Logistics

Mr. Murray joined ARG as Manager of Crude Oil Operations, Western Division, in 2004 and was named Vice President of Crude Oil Acquisition in 2008. Named Vice President of Supply Chain/Logistics in 2011, Mr. Murray directs the organization's purchasing and logistical activities. He is responsible for all ARG crude-supply and -acquisition activities including the company’s crude-terminal and -gathering operations in Ohio. He is also a former vice president of ARG Resources. Prior to joining ARG, Mr. Murray served as VP Exploration and Production at Belden & Blake Corp. Mr. Murray earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College in Ohio.


David O. Krantz / Vice President of Research and Development

David O. Krantz joined American Refining Group as Vice President of Research and Development in 2011. Mr. Krantz has overall responsibility for the Research and Development Laboratory, the Quality Control Laboratory, Technical Service, New Product Development and the ISO quality-management system. Mr. Krantz earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and natural science from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University. Prior to joining ARG, Mr. Krantz was vice president of operations at Restek Inc. in Bellefonte, Pa., and president of Glastron Inc. in Vineland, N.J. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society.


Brian J. Zolkos / Chief Financial Officer

Brian J. Zolkos joined American Refining Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Mr. Zolkos has overall responsibility for Accounting, Crude Disbursements and Information Technology. He is responsible for banking relationships, and the preparation of financial statements, budgeting, daily operations of the accounting department and for all federal and state tax compliance and reporting. Mr. Zolkos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration degree, also in finance, from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining ARG, Mr. Zolkos was vice president of finance at PLS Logistics Services in Cranberry, Pa.


Sarah Hayden / Director of Human Resources

Sarah joined American Refining Group in 2005 as Human Resource Generalist.  She is responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated approach to human capital strategies, policies, procedures, programs and solutions that are aligned with strategic business objectives, as well as the company's vision, mission and core values.  Sarah earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds the PHR (Professional Human Resource) certification.  Prior to ARG, Sarah worked as Workforce Development Manager for North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.


Richard Smith / Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Smith joined ARG as vice president and general counsel in 2008. He had previously been a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris, practicing corporate law, and had represented ARG as outside counsel for more than 20 years. Mr. Smith earned his law degree at Boston University in 1980, and is a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth College.