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Par Pacific Announces Leadership Changes  for Rocky Mountain Business Units

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), recently announced leadership changes for its Rocky Mountain region business units. The changes were effective on Jan. 29. 

The changes are as follows:

Kim Jakub, currently Vice President and Refinery Manager at Par  Montana, has been promoted into the regional role of Senior Vice President of Rocky Mountain Refining. She will be responsible for leading Par Pacific’s refining assets in Newcastle, Wyo., and in Billings, Mont. Jakub joined Par Pacific in the acquisition of Par Montana from ExxonMobil in June 2023.  With nearly 21 years in the downstream industry, she has held a variety of roles in operations, maintenance, technical and commercial/planning. She was promoted as ExxonMobil Billings Refinery’s first female operations manager in 2020 and was named manager of the Billings refinery in 2022. She is a native of Nebraska and holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Nebraska. Jakub and her husband, Bryce, have two children.

Jeff Dusch, currently the Technical and Engineering Manager at Par Montana, has been promoted to Vice President and Refinery Manager. He joined Par Pacific in the acquisition of Par Montana from ExxonMobil, and has held numerous engineering, technical and operational roles in Montana and Louisiana over his 17-year career.  He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Mississippi. Dusch and his wife, Jenna, have two children.

Brian Pischke, who is currently the Wyoming Projects/Maintenance Manager, has been promoted to lead Wyoming Refining Company as Vice President and Manager of the Wyoming Refinery. Pischke joined Wyoming Refining Company in 2008 and has held a variety of engineering, projects and maintenance roles. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming. Pischke and his wife, Jill, have one child.

Richard Creamer, Executive Vice President of Refining and Logistics for Par Pacific, said the changes reflect the growth mindset of the company in the Rockies.

“As we grow, we want to enhance and develop strong local leadership by creating an organizational structure that allows talented refinery managers to learn together, grow their teams and provide high quality oversight across all levels of the organization,” he said. “We have already taken steps to integrate the leadership of our Rocky Mountain logistics system. This integration has united the local site level leadership with senior leaders.”

About Par Montana

Par Montana completed its purchase of the former ExxonMobil refinery in Montana and fuel distribution network in the Rockies on June 1, 2023. Par Montana has about 400 employees in Yellowstone County and in other locations in Montana and eastern Washington.  The refinery produces a range of products from crude oil shipped by pipeline from Canada and Wyoming. It is a highly efficient refinery specializing in production of gasoline, diesel, asphalt and jet fuel. The refinery partners with the Par Rocky Mountain Midstream organization to distribute to terminals in Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Spokane, Wash. The refinery’s capacity is 63,000 barrels per day. 

About Wyoming Refining Company

Wyoming Refining Company has been a cornerstone of the Newcastle, Wyo., community since the 1920s. Its operations are strategically configured to meet the local transportation fuel needs of the Wyoming and South Dakota markets. The refinery produces a range of products from local crude oil basins. It is a highly efficient refinery, specializing in the production of light-end and middle products such as butane, propane, diesel, jet fuel and gasoline. The capacity of the refinery is 19,000 barrels per day.

About Par Pacific

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a growing energy company providing both renewable and conventional fuels to the western United States. In the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies, Par Pacific owns and operates approximately 218,000 barrels per day of combined refining capacity across four locations and an extensive energy infrastructure network, including 13 million barrels of storage, and marine, rail, rack, and pipeline assets. In addition, Par Pacific operates the “nomnom” convenience store chain and supplies Exxon and Mobil-branded fuel retail stations in the Rocky Mountain region. Par Pacific owns and operates one of the largest energy infrastructure networks in Hawaii with 94,000 bpd of operating refining capacity, a logistics system supplying the major islands of the state and Helebranded retail locations. Par Pacific also owns approximately 46 percent of Laramie Energy, LLC, a natural gas production company with operations and assets concentrated in Western Colorado. More information is available at www.parpacific.com. 

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