Our team is our biggest asset in turning Braya Renewable Fuels into the world’s premier renewable fuels site. We are proud to provide safe and sustainable jobs that contribute to the transition and operation of the refinery.
The team leading Braya has decades of experience in the energy sector that supplements the excellent team already in place at the refinery. Together, they are working to provide a critical pathway to decarbonization for existing diesel and jet fuel consumers.
Chief Executive Officer
Frank is a seasoned energy executive with extensive experience leading sustainable energy transitions and organizational transformations at large electric and gas utilities. Frank is focused on establishing Braya as a leader in renewable fuels, and on profitable growth of the company as it scales to meet the rapidly growing decarbonization needs of the global transportation sector. Prior to leading Braya Renewable Fuels, he was Chief Energy & Sustainability Officer at CPS Energy.
President of Refining
Jim has over 30 years of refining experience across operational and leadership roles at sites across the United States. Prior to joining the Braya team, Jim most recently pioneered the successful conversion of the HollyFrontier Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel operations. He is committed to safety and quality across the operations he supervises and will ensure that Braya Renewable Fuels sees safe and efficient results as it transitions toward producing renewable fuels.
Chief Commercial Officer
As Chief Commercial Officer, Josh is focused on building the commercial capabilities and the team that will maximize the value of Braya’s low-carbon fuel platform. Josh is the former CEO of Eco-Energy Global Biofuels, located in Franklin, Tennessee. He built his career as a leader at Eco-Energy over 14 years, driving Eco’s growth from an early entrant in ethanol marketing to multi-commodity trading, logistics, and distribution company.
SVP & Chief Financial Officer
Bruce is responsible for the financial services of the business including financial reporting, treasury, taxation, supply chain management, and information technology for Braya’s Come By Chance refinery.
Bruce joined the company in 1990 as a financial accountant and has had various roles within the Finance department including Assistant Controller and Corporate Controller. His educational background includes Memorial University, followed by an accounting diploma from College of Trades and Technology. Mr. Avery has over 28 years of experience in the oil industry.
SVP & Chief Financial Officer
Braya Renewable Fuels
Stephen brings a deep wealth of knowledge about the economics of energy that he will leverage to grow Braya into one of the world’s leading renewable fuels facilities in the decades to come. Stephen joins the Braya leadership team after successfully growing Cogent Midstream as its Chief Financial Officer.
Paul Burton is the Operations Manager at Braya Renewable Fuels’ Come By Chance refinery and is responsible for all refinery operations. A Power Engineer by trade, Paul brings over thirty years of experience to his role at the refinery. Paul has held Process and Control Technician positions prior to his current position. Prior to joining the refinery, Paul worked in the upstream side of the oil and gas industry during his prior employment with Imperial Oil and Exxon.
Christopher McBay is an accomplished attorney with over fifteen years of experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining Braya, he served as Deputy General Counsel for the Ray L. Hunt family of companies where he focused on transactions in the energy industry, including in the refining space. Christopher began his career as a corporate transactional attorney at Baker Botts LLP.
VP of HR and
Occupational Health & Safety
Gayle is responsible for the Human Resources, Training, and Occupational Health and Safety functions at Braya Renewable Fuels’ Come By Chance Refinery. Gayle holds a Business Degree from Memorial University and professional designations as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a Strategic Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Gayle joined Braya in June 2017, after leading Human Resources functions in health care, education, government-aligned departments and the wholesale and transportation industries. Gayle is a strategic business partner that utilizes business metrics as the basis for solid decision making with a focus on the future. Gayle identifies a company’s most valuable asset as “its people” and she believes that an engaged workforce is a company’s greatest strategic advantage.
Technical Services Manager
Jaydip is head of the Business Optimization Department at Braya Renewable Fuels’ Come By Chance refinery. Jaydip and his team manage Process Engineering, Plant Monitoring, Yield Optimization, Energy optimization, Environment and compliance, Process Safety Management, Advanced Process Control, and Control Systems Engineering functions. The team ensures the refinery maximizes value at lowest operating cost out of every barrel of feedstock that is processed at Come By Chance, while making sure the plant consistently operates safely. Earlier in his career at the Come By Chance refinery, Jaydip held the positions of Senior Process Engineer and Planning & Scheduling lead before moving into his current role.
Prior to joining the Come By Chance refinery team in January 2017, Jaydip worked with the Bahrain Petroleum Company in the Middle East for more than six years. Jaydip began his eighteen-year career in the refining industry as part of a construction, commissioning, and start-up team at Essar Oil Ltd. (Now Nayara Energy), a 405 kbpd refinery on the west coast of India. Jaydip holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University, India.
Luigi Trigilio has over 15 years of experience in the energy, petrochemical, and renewable fuels space and has led logistics, chartering, and supply chain efforts for a variety of major industry participants. Luigi most recently led marine operations at Pilot, where he managed all vessel chartering for clean and specialty products and structured commercial arrangements for procurement of feedstocks and delivery of finished products. Luigi will enable Braya to utilize a world-class logistics operation for its feedstocks and products.
Jeff Power is Manager of Engineering & Capital Projects at Braya Renewable Fuels’ Come By Chance refinery. Jeff’s department executes capital projects to upgrade and improve the refinery’s operation. Prior this role, he worked as a Project Manager with a focus on our tank farm, truck rack, and marine terminal at Come By Chance.
Prior to joining the Come By Chance refinery in 2015, Jeff worked with the Newfoundland Provincial Government, as well as at consulting and construction companies. Jeff graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jeff has been a practicing Professional Engineer since 2013.
Mr. Ramsey joined the Cresta family companies in 2018 and became an Operating Partner in 2022. Mr. Ramsey has served in various roles with Cresta portfolio companies, including Chief Executive Officer of Easton Energy, Chief Operating Officer of Sentinel Midstream, and as an executive steering committee member for Braya Renewable Fuels. Mr. Ramsey has 30 years of engineering, construction, and operations experience in the upstream, midstream, and downstream energy sectors with Koch, Valero, NuStar Energy and multiple energy infrastructure construction companies that he developed and managed. Mr. Ramsey has in depth midstream experience in the crude, natural gas, natural gas liquids and refined products business segments where he developed teams to execute several billion in capital projects in 6 countries including large scale storage terminals with pipeline, rail, truck, and marine capability. Mr. Ramsey also held various engineering, operations, maintenance and turnaround positions in multiple downstream refineries and chemical plants. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Steven Basler has over a decade of experience trading and operating physical renewable fuels and environmental attributes at prominent commodities trading houses. Steven served as a key advisor to Cresta in the acquisition of the refinery and associated conversion to renewable diesel. Prior to joining Cresta, Steven spearheaded the buildout of several vertically integrated renewable fuels businesses at Chemoil, Noble Americas, and Gunvor. Steven will continue to assist Braya with a focus on feedstock sourcing and product offtake.
Tony is an invaluable member of the site senior leadership team who began his employment with the refinery in 1997 as a Scaffolder and developed deep hands-on expertise across several crafts while rising through the ranks in Maintenance, Turnarounds and Projects. In 2010, Tony continued his career progression into supervision with Jacobs Industrial Services at the refinery eventually advancing to Site Superintendent.
In 2012, Tony accepted a supervisory position with the refinery and has since held several progressively responsible positions with the company including Turnaround Superintendent, Reliability Superintendent, and Turnaround Manager. In January of 2021, Tony became a member of the site senior leadership team when he assumed the role of Maintenance Manager for the refinery.