Ron Freeman held a degree in secondary education and had spent his short career working in college admissions and marketing. So, when his father-in-law Jim Peterson called to discuss a job in the convenience store business, he wasn’t sure what to think.
“He said, ‘Give me three years and if you don’t like it you can add it to your resume,’” said Freeman. He decided to give it a shot.
“Thirty-seven years later I’m finally wrapping it up.” said Ron.
Ron retired at the end of the 2020 after nearly four decades at rural Portland-based Jay Petroleum, including the last 23 as its president. He turned the reins over to Kevin Huffman, who had already transitioned into the leadership role after serving as vice president of operations for the bulk of his 19 years with the company.
Though Freeman announced his retirement early in 2020, the end of his career comes just a few weeks after the finalization of the largest acquisition in our company’s history. Read the full right up provided by Ray Cooney of The Commercial Review here.