Our Mission

Clipper Petroleum Inc. offers more than just fuel delivery. We offer branding options to optimize the sales potential at your sites. We can offer a wide choice of major brands with BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell or Citgo. We can help you review your options and select the flag that is best for your unique situation. In addition, we at Clipper provide strong dealer support with a team that brings nearly 150 years of combined experience in the wholesale and retail fuel industry.

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OUR TEAM

Bo Bearden

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

After completing his undergraduate studies at The University of Alabama and receiving a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing, Bo began his business career in 1979 with a wholesale grocery company. In 1985, as the convenience/petroleum store industry took on a new and different direction, Bo was involved in restructuring the grocery wholesaler’s product lines and operational processes to meet the demands of this new channel of trade.

From the retail convenience grocery wholesale business, Bo went to work in 1994 with a petroleum wholesale jobber in south Alabama. As a marketing sales representative responsible for petroleum wholesale growth through the dealer network, the company experienced double digit growth during his first five years. Developing knowledge of the supplier branded programs was an important part of the growth strategy and results. Flying the BP, Shell, Texaco, Citgo, Conoco and ExxonMobil flags created a great opportunity to learn and understand both the petroleum wholesale distributor business and retail dealer business. Bo continued to develop both operational and management skills in the petroleum business until taking a position with Mansfield Oil in February 2006.

Bo also purchased and operated 3 convenience retail locations from 1995 – 2006. The knowledge he obtained from ownership through operational and management functions has been valuable as he learned from experience the daily challenges facing his customers. Through Bo’s 35 years in the c-store petroleum business, he appreciates firsthand the business and personal relationships he has established that are and remain critical to success in a highly competitive industry. Bo feels the keys to success lie within these supplier, vendor and customer relationships. And now, after completing his 2nd year with Clipper, Bo understands why Clipper customers are so loyal. Everyone is treated like family and your work is appreciated and valued within the organization, top to bottom.

Bo currently lives in Cumming, GA. He enjoys playing golf (especially with his youngest daughter Samantha) and spending time at the beach or lake with his family. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters and they all enjoy spending time together with family and friends.

Andy Williams

Business Development Facilitator

Andy Williams began working at Clipper Petroleum in 1978. Throughout his 39 years at Clipper, Andy has worked in retail, the warehouse, driving fuel trucks, and making sales calls. As Business Development Facilitator, Andy is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Clipper Petroleum's dealer network. 

Andy received his degree in Business Administration from Brenau College. In the past, Andy has served as a Member of the Cumming Park & Recreation Board, Member/President of the South Hall Rotary Club, and Little League baseball coach. 

Andy and his wife Marie have two children, Lindsey and Drew. In his free time, Andy enjoys fishing, reading, golfing, and gardening.

Rhonda Palmer

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Rhonda Palmer has worked for Clipper Petroleum since 1988. Throughout her 29 years at Clipper, Rhonda  worked in accounting for 5 years handling fuel billing and account receivables. She then joined the wholesale team where she made commercial fleet sales calls. As Wholesale Operations Manager for Clipper, Rhonda is responsible for maintaining relationships and managing the day to day operations within our  Clipper's dealer network. She is responsible for communicating brand standards to Clipper's dealer stores and Clipper Food Shop stores. Rhonda’s goal as part of her responsibilities to Clipper and her customers is to create a line of communication between our businesses to achieve ultimate success.     

Rhonda attended Gainesville College and Lanier Technical College. She is a Member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and a past Member of the Gainesville Traffic Association. Rhonda served as the Youth Director at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville for 9 years.

Rhonda has one daughter, Shelby. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys painting and making crafts.

Paul Sherman

Business Development Manager

Paul Sherman joined Clipper Petroleum in 2014. Prior to joining the Clipper team, Paul worked as a Wholesale Account Manager for Mansfield Oil and also spent some time as a Broker for XPO Logistics.  Paul’s position is Wholesale Business Development Manager, where he is responsible for cultivating new business as well as maintaining the current relationships within Clipper’s Dealer network.
Paul currently serves on the Board for the National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM); Member of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS); and Member of the Georgia Oilmen's Association (GOA).
Paul earned his degree in Marketing from the University of North Georgia. In his free time Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, hunting, fishing, playing golf, and watching all his favorite sports’ teams.

Paul Kohler

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Paul Kohler started working in the petroleum industry in the late 1970’s with Unocal 76 and held such positions as Territory Manager, Merchandiser, Marketing Planning Director, Area Sales Manager, and Franchise Director for the National 76 Auto/Truckstop group. Throughout his career Paul has been very involved in managing Branded and Unbranded retail development, including operations, construction, upgrading and marketing, for c-store industry.  Paul was the General Manager of Retail for Mansfield Oil and developed unbranded fuel programs for supermarkets and hypermarkets, private brand programs, along with branded retail sales.

Paul graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Real Estate. He also attended Georgia State University and earned an MBA in Marketing and Advertising.

Paul enjoys working with independent business owners to explore new opportunities and develop and grow their business in a very competitive market.

Paul and his wife Barb live in Charlotte, NC and have three children, Jay, Adam, and Katie. They enjoy outdoor activities, tennis, skiing, college football and spending weekends near the beach in Charleston.

Bruce Hawkins

Territory Sales Manager

Bruce recently joined Clipper Petroleum this past summer.  Bruce has 29 years of experience in the petroleum industry working in areas such as: retail operations, wholesale development, marketing and real estate.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in Advertising/Marketing.  Bruce’s responsibilities include the acquisition of new business along with coaching/supporting existing customers.
Bruce enjoys trout fishing, working in the yard, and college football.  Bruce has three children: Kate, Anne, and Jacob. 

 

Haley Bower

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Haley Bower joined the Clipper Petroleum team on a full-time basis in 2010.  She currently serves on the Wholesale Team, working with Clipper’s 200+ wholesale accounts, and as a Special Project Manager, building the strategic plan behind Clipper's Bojangles’ restaurant operations.  She originally started with Clipper when she was a teenager working summers filing, answering the phones, working on spreadsheets, selling fleet cards and any other miscellaneous work that was needed to support the management team. 

Haley was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia and graduated from North Hall High School in 2005.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Brenau University in 2012. 

Haley currently serves as a Member of the British Petroleum Marketers Association (BPAMA) Marketing Committee; Director on the Clipper Petroleum Foundation; Business Advisory Committee for North Hall High School; Director on the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) Educational Foundation; Board Member of Sisu; Board Member of The Arts Council of Gainesville; PAC Leader for Youth Leadership Hall County; University of North Georgia College of Health Sciences & Professions Advisory Council.

Haley resides between Gainesville, GA and Greenville, SC with her dog and sidekick, Big Al.  She is a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she teaches the Youth Sunday School.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, taking Big Al to the park, teaching yoga (she is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher), volunteering with multiple non-profits, and spending time with her sisters, family, and friends.

Caroline Filchak

Director Wholesale Business Development

Caroline Filchak has worked for Clipper Petroleum since 2011 and serves as the Director of Business Development.


Caroline completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Georgia in 2011.  She also earned her Masters in Business Administration from Mercer University in 2013.  Caroline currently serves on the Business Advisory Committee for Project SEARCH, the Business Advisory Committee at North Hall High School.  She also serves as a Director on the Clipper Petroleum Foundation and as a Director of Young Executives Organization (YEO) of the National Advisory Group (NAG), a national association of convenience store retailers. 

In 2016, Convenience Store News recognized Caroline as one of the "Top Women in Convenience 2016" as a Rising Star.  In 2017, Convenience Store Decisions magazine identified Caroline in their "40 Under 40" leaders to watch.

 

Caroline, her husband Ben, and son Thomas reside in Gainesville, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, running, fishing, and spending time with her sisters, family, and friends.

Barbra Hall

Wholesale Branded Account Specialist

Barbra began working for Clipper Petroleum in 2008 in the Accounting Department. She worked in accounting for eight years handling drafts, fuel billing, and accounts receivable. In 2016, Barbra transitioned to the Wholesale Team and took on the role as the Wholesale Branded Account Specialist. She took accounting classes at Lanier Tech prior to joining the Clipper team.
Barbra enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg and three kids and her two grandchildren, Annalysa and Carsen. She is looking forward being a grandma again in April 2018. Aside from being a grandma, she enjoys Saturdays spent cheering on the LSU tigers! 

 

Bo Bearden

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

After completing his undergraduate studies at The University of Alabama and receiving a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing, Bo began his business career in 1979 with a wholesale grocery company. In 1985, as the convenience/petroleum store industry took on a new and different direction, Bo was involved in restructuring the grocery wholesaler’s product lines and operational processes to meet the demands of this new channel of trade.

From the retail convenience grocery wholesale business, Bo went to work in 1994 with a petroleum wholesale jobber in south Alabama. As a marketing sales representative responsible for petroleum wholesale growth through the dealer network, the company experienced double digit growth during his first five years. Developing knowledge of the supplier branded programs was an important part of the growth strategy and results. Flying the BP, Shell, Texaco, Citgo, Conoco and ExxonMobil flags created a great opportunity to learn and understand both the petroleum wholesale distributor business and retail dealer business. Bo continued to develop both operational and management skills in the petroleum business until taking a position with Mansfield Oil in February 2006.

Bo also purchased and operated 3 convenience retail locations from 1995 – 2006. The knowledge he obtained from ownership through operational and management functions has been valuable as he learned from experience the daily challenges facing his customers. Through Bo’s 35 years in the c-store petroleum business, he appreciates firsthand the business and personal relationships he has established that are and remain critical to success in a highly competitive industry. Bo feels the keys to success lie within these supplier, vendor and customer relationships. And now, after completing his 2nd year with Clipper, Bo understands why Clipper customers are so loyal. Everyone is treated like family and your work is appreciated and valued within the organization, top to bottom.

Bo currently lives in Cumming, GA. He enjoys playing golf (especially with his youngest daughter Samantha) and spending time at the beach or lake with his family. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters and they all enjoy spending time together with family and friends.

Andy Williams

Business Development Facilitator

Andy Williams began working at Clipper Petroleum in 1978. Throughout his 39 years at Clipper, Andy has worked in retail, the warehouse, driving fuel trucks, and making sales calls. As Business Development Facilitator, Andy is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Clipper Petroleum's dealer network. 

Andy received his degree in Business Administration from Brenau College. In the past, Andy has served as a Member of the Cumming Park & Recreation Board, Member/President of the South Hall Rotary Club, and Little League baseball coach. 

Andy and his wife Marie have two children, Lindsey and Drew. In his free time, Andy enjoys fishing, reading, golfing, and gardening.

Rhonda Palmer

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Rhonda Palmer has worked for Clipper Petroleum since 1988. Throughout her 29 years at Clipper, Rhonda  worked in accounting for 5 years handling fuel billing and account receivables. She then joined the wholesale team where she made commercial fleet sales calls. As Wholesale Operations Manager for Clipper, Rhonda is responsible for maintaining relationships and managing the day to day operations within our  Clipper's dealer network. She is responsible for communicating brand standards to Clipper's dealer stores and Clipper Food Shop stores. Rhonda’s goal as part of her responsibilities to Clipper and her customers is to create a line of communication between our businesses to achieve ultimate success.     

Rhonda attended Gainesville College and Lanier Technical College. She is a Member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and a past Member of the Gainesville Traffic Association. Rhonda served as the Youth Director at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville for 9 years.

Rhonda has one daughter, Shelby. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys painting and making crafts.

Paul Sherman

Business Development Manager

Paul Sherman joined Clipper Petroleum in 2014. Prior to joining the Clipper team, Paul worked as a Wholesale Account Manager for Mansfield Oil and also spent some time as a Broker for XPO Logistics.  Paul’s position is Wholesale Business Development Manager, where he is responsible for cultivating new business as well as maintaining the current relationships within Clipper’s Dealer network.
Paul currently serves on the Board for the National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM); Member of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS); and Member of the Georgia Oilmen's Association (GOA).
Paul earned his degree in Marketing from the University of North Georgia. In his free time Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, hunting, fishing, playing golf, and watching all his favorite sports’ teams.

Paul Kohler

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Paul Kohler started working in the petroleum industry in the late 1970’s with Unocal 76 and held such positions as Territory Manager, Merchandiser, Marketing Planning Director, Area Sales Manager, and Franchise Director for the National 76 Auto/Truckstop group. Throughout his career Paul has been very involved in managing Branded and Unbranded retail development, including operations, construction, upgrading and marketing, for c-store industry.  Paul was the General Manager of Retail for Mansfield Oil and developed unbranded fuel programs for supermarkets and hypermarkets, private brand programs, along with branded retail sales.

Paul graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Real Estate. He also attended Georgia State University and earned an MBA in Marketing and Advertising.

Paul enjoys working with independent business owners to explore new opportunities and develop and grow their business in a very competitive market.

Paul and his wife Barb live in Charlotte, NC and have three children, Jay, Adam, and Katie. They enjoy outdoor activities, tennis, skiing, college football and spending weekends near the beach in Charleston.

Bruce Hawkins

Territory Sales Manager

Bruce recently joined Clipper Petroleum this past summer.  Bruce has 29 years of experience in the petroleum industry working in areas such as: retail operations, wholesale development, marketing and real estate.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in Advertising/Marketing.  Bruce’s responsibilities include the acquisition of new business along with coaching/supporting existing customers.
Bruce enjoys trout fishing, working in the yard, and college football.  Bruce has three children: Kate, Anne, and Jacob. 

 

Haley Bower

Director Wholesale Sales / Marketing / Operations

Haley Bower joined the Clipper Petroleum team on a full-time basis in 2010.  She currently serves on the Wholesale Team, working with Clipper’s 200+ wholesale accounts, and as a Special Project Manager, building the strategic plan behind Clipper's Bojangles’ restaurant operations.  She originally started with Clipper when she was a teenager working summers filing, answering the phones, working on spreadsheets, selling fleet cards and any other miscellaneous work that was needed to support the management team. 

Haley was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia and graduated from North Hall High School in 2005.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Brenau University in 2012. 

Haley currently serves as a Member of the British Petroleum Marketers Association (BPAMA) Marketing Committee; Director on the Clipper Petroleum Foundation; Business Advisory Committee for North Hall High School; Director on the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) Educational Foundation; Board Member of Sisu; Board Member of The Arts Council of Gainesville; PAC Leader for Youth Leadership Hall County; University of North Georgia College of Health Sciences & Professions Advisory Council.

Haley resides between Gainesville, GA and Greenville, SC with her dog and sidekick, Big Al.  She is a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she teaches the Youth Sunday School.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, taking Big Al to the park, teaching yoga (she is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher), volunteering with multiple non-profits, and spending time with her sisters, family, and friends.

Caroline Filchak

Director Wholesale Business Development

Caroline Filchak has worked for Clipper Petroleum since 2011 and serves as the Director of Business Development.


Caroline completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Georgia in 2011.  She also earned her Masters in Business Administration from Mercer University in 2013.  Caroline currently serves on the Business Advisory Committee for Project SEARCH, the Business Advisory Committee at North Hall High School.  She also serves as a Director on the Clipper Petroleum Foundation and as a Director of Young Executives Organization (YEO) of the National Advisory Group (NAG), a national association of convenience store retailers. 

In 2016, Convenience Store News recognized Caroline as one of the "Top Women in Convenience 2016" as a Rising Star.  In 2017, Convenience Store Decisions magazine identified Caroline in their "40 Under 40" leaders to watch.

 

Caroline, her husband Ben, and son Thomas reside in Gainesville, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, running, fishing, and spending time with her sisters, family, and friends.

Barbra Hall

Wholesale Branded Account Specialist

Barbra began working for Clipper Petroleum in 2008 in the Accounting Department. She worked in accounting for eight years handling drafts, fuel billing, and accounts receivable. In 2016, Barbra transitioned to the Wholesale Team and took on the role as the Wholesale Branded Account Specialist. She took accounting classes at Lanier Tech prior to joining the Clipper team.
Barbra enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg and three kids and her two grandchildren, Annalysa and Carsen. She is looking forward being a grandma again in April 2018. Aside from being a grandma, she enjoys Saturdays spent cheering on the LSU tigers! 

 

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Nayef Abuaisheh Safa Express BP

“We are more than pleased with the exceptional service Clipper Petroleum Inc. provides us. Never before have we worked with a company that was so attentive to its customers and displays the level of professionalism Clipper shows us. After all these years, I have even held on to the napkin Andy Williams drew on to lay out my station.”

Pramod Thakkar Dacula Exxon

“I started with one small country store and today I have three high volume stores. This achievement and success would not have been possible without the help from Clipper Petroleum.”

CLIPPER PETROLEUM INC. OFFERS MORE THAN JUST FUEL DELIVERY

We offer branding options to optimize the sales potential at your sites. We can offer a wide choice of major brands with BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell or Citgo. We can help you review your options and select the flag that is best for your unique situation. In addition, we at Clipper provide strong dealer support with a team that brings nearly 150 years of combined experience in the wholesale and retail fuel industry.

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