The American Petroleum Institute (API) has awarded its Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement – its highest honour and leadership recognition – to Gary R. Heminger, former chairman and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corp.
“We are proud to recognise Gary for the passion, vision and exemplary leadership that he brought to America’s energy industry to Marathon Petroleum's rapid rise to become the largest refining system in the country,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. “Gary has epitomised strong and steadfast leadership throughout his career, whether it’s his steady hand in keeping fuel flowing during hurricanes, his focus on raising the bar for operational safety and efficiency or his dedication to the communities and industries that rely on reliable fuels every day.”
In a statement, API said that Heminger demonstrated exemplary leadership at every level of Marathon Petroleum Corp. throughout 45 years of service – from serving in finance, marketing and business development roles to chairman and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, Marathon Petroleum’s midstream assets, refining portfolio and retail operations expanded nationwide. He served on the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees of the API and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
Heminger’s legacy of service extends beyond the natural gas and oil industry to educating future generations of leaders. His work as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, member of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tiffin University has made him a pillar of the community and helped support future innovators and problem solvers.
API’s Gold Medal was first awarded in 1946 when API honoured Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company. The award recognises exceptional leadership and service to the natural gas and oil industry, the communities in which the industry operates and the broader nation.
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