Sam Hirbod, President and CEO
Sam Hirbod is the President, CEO and owner of Pacific Convenience & Fuels, LLC which, in January 2009, acquired all of the U.S. retail assets of ConocoPhillips Company. Mr. Hirbod led that acquisition which included nearly 500+ company owned, dealer and fee operator sites and made PC&F a major marketer of the 76 and Conoco brands and the largest franchisee of Circle K in the U.S. Thanks to his leadership, PC&F is a company of over 570+ sites with over $2B in annual revenue and is one of the top five privately owned companies in the retail petroleum industry.
A thirteen year veteran of the retail petroleum and convenience store business, Mr. Hirbod is a recognized entrepreneur, executive and leader of the industry. With a commitment and discipline for creative and synergy-producing deal making, Mr. Hirbod has come a long way since purchasing his first service station in 1997 in Menlo Park, California. Even now, Mr. Hirbod is well known for his surprise visits to PC&F’s stores and is rigorous about identifying opportunities to improve all aspects of the service station and c-store experience for customers. One of Mr. Hirbod’s strongest convictions is that intelligent, efficient and responsible entrepreneurism adds tremendous value to our economy, our communities and our daily lives.
Mr. Hirbod completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at San Francisco State University and attended UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Chris Wilson, General Manager of Operations
As General Manager of Operations, Chris leads all field operations with ultimate responsibility of nearly 2,000 field level employees. Store operations is divided into three major channels including Company Operated, Fee Operated, and Dealer operated locations. Chris oversees all retail channels as well as the following disciplines: Construction, maintenance, compliance, fuel pricing, fuel supply, fuel marketing, car wash operations, car wash marketing, licensing, auditing, and loss prevention.
Chris comes to PC&F from Circle K where he spent nearly 15 years in a variety of operations and marketing positions. He started as a District Manager, moving to Sales Manager, Category Marketing Manager, Retail Operations Director and Director of Marketing. His well-rounded convenience store experience of more than 16 years is an asset to PC&F.
Mr. Wilson attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration, and attended the University of Phoenix in San Jose California, earning his MBA.
Katherine Clark, SPHR, Director of Human Resources
Katherine Clark, SPHR functions as Director of Human Resources for Pacific Convenience & Fuels. Katherine possesses 15 years of broad-based human resources experience, spending the last 10 years of her career in the convenience store industry. She has expertise in consulting and coaching managers and employees, creating and implementing performance appraisal and succession planning systems, team building, change management, career development, development of training programs and recruitment.
Prior to joining Pacific Convenience & Fuels, Katherine served as Human Resources Manager for New West Petroleum. During her last 2 years with New West Petroleum, she additionally took on the role of Operations Manager, overseeing 36 locations and 4 Area Managers, as well as Environmental Compliance. Katherine’s human resources experience also includes serving as Employment Manager for Maloof Sports & Entertainment, as well as Human Resources Specialist for Six Flags Marine World.
Mrs. Clark holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Sonoma State University.
Katherine earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) accreditation from SHRM, the national HR organization.
Hamilton leads and manages all aspects of PC&F’s legal needs, including—among other things—its real estate transactions, corporate transactions and corporate governance, litigation/dispute resolution, negotiation of company contracts, oversight of PC&F’s insurance and risk programs, and is involved in providing strategic counsel for environmental, franchise and labor issues impacting the company.
As a former senior associate of Goodwin Procter LLP, Hamilton was a key member of the legal team representing PC&F in its acquisition of the Conoco portfolio and joined the company shortly after that transaction closed.
Mr. Tran earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley (1997) and his JD degree from the Stanford Law School (2002). Hamilton was also a United States Fulbright Scholar to Vietnam, 1998-1999.