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Mike Loya


 The Vitol Group (1992-present)

The Vitol Group ( is a privately held company wholly owned by its current key employees.  It is the largest independent, oil trading, marketing and logistics company in the world.  Vitol transports and distributes over 5 million barrels a day of crude oil and oil products worldwide.  As a consequence, it has also become the largest spot charterer of oil tankers in the world.  Vitol also trades sugar, chemicals, metals, metal concentrates, natural gas and electricity.  For 2010, the group exceeded 150 billion dollars in revenues and over 1 billion dollars in net income.  

 Vitol’s assets are designed to support its business.  It owns terminals in strategic areas of the world (Russia, Netherlands, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, China, India, Singapore, etc) as well as developing new terminals around the world (e.g., Port Canaveral, Beaumont, Singapore).  Vitol also has majority or large minority interests in oil exploration and production companies on-shore in Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and off-shore in the Philippines, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana.  In 2010, the Vitol group acquired control of Blueknight Energy Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership focused on crude oil and asphalt infrastructure, based in Oklahoma.

 (1999- present) Houston, Texas.  President, Vitol Inc.  Responsible for the management of the companies, trading activities and assets of the group in North and South America.  Director, Vitol Group.  Senior shareholder of the Vitol Group.

 (1995-99) London, England.  President, Euromin SA.    Responsible for the group’s companies producing and trading metals, including its zinc smelters, an aluminum refinery and processing plants.

 (1992-95). London, England.  Senior Trader in crude oil and crude oil derivatives.

Transworld Oil.  (1985-1992) London, England.  (1984-85) Houston, Texas.  Vice-President.  Trading Atlantic basin crude oils and financial derivatives.

Tenneco Oil.  (1980-84). Houston, Texas.  Senior Trader for refinery supply and the company’s production in Nigeria and North Sea.  Senior Analyst for strategies, acquisitions.

Esso Eastern.  (1979-80). Houston, Texas.  Analyst developing quarterly plans for Exxon’s downstream operations in the Far East.


 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, 1977.   Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, 1979.


Born November 11, 1955 in El Paso, Texas.  Three children, ages 20, 15 and 12.  Current boards: director of the Vitol Group, director of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, director of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Previous boards: director of Yes Prep Public Schools (since 2007), trustee for the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston (2006-2009), director of The Center for Houston’s Future (2007-2009), member of the regional advisory board of JPMorganChase Bank of Texas (2007-2009), member of the development board of The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston (2007-2008).