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Mark Hurley

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Hurley serves as Chief Executive Officer of Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. Hurley previously served as Senior Vice President, Crude Oil and Offshore of Enterprise Products, LLC since 2010, where he led the newly formed crude oil and offshore business segment. Mr. Hurley began his career at Shell, where he served from 1981 to 2009, most recently as President of Shell Pipeline Co., LP.  

Mr. Hurley received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Joel Kanvik

Chief Legal Officer

Joel Kanvik serves as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. Kanvik previously served as the Director of U.S. Law and Assistant Secretary for Enbridge Energy Company, Inc, which he joined in January 2001. He provided legal and business counsel to a family of corporations/limited partnerships, including the development and execution for large-scale construction/acquisition projects, mergers and acquisitions, contracts and licenses, intellectual property, litigation management and corporate governance.

Mr. Kanvik received his Bachelor of Business Administration in political science from Northwestern University, and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Andrew Woodward

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Woodward serves as Chief Financial Officer of Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. Woodward has substantial financial experience across investment banking, corporate development, and corporate finance within the energy and midstream industry. Mr. Woodward previously served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of Andeavor Logistics (NYSE: ANDX), where he was appointed by its board of directors to be the principal financial officer. Prior to this appointment, he led investor relations for ANDX and started his career with Andeavor, now Marathon Petroleum, in corporate development leading valuation, structuring and economic analysis on over $10 billion of corporate and asset transactions. Before joining Andeavor, Mr. Woodward served as a vice president at RBC Capital Markets within its energy investment banking group where he advised on numerous large scale mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

 Mr. Woodward received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy from Colorado College and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael McLanahan

Chief Accounting Officer

Michael McLanahan serves as Chief Accounting Officer for Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. McLanahan brings 15 years of accounting experience in the public and private sectors. He has previously served the Partnership in various accounting roles, including the Corporate Controller, and he has served as an audit manager for the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

Mr. McLanahan received his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University, and is a certified public accountant in the state of Oklahoma.

Jeff Speer

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Speer serves as Chief Operating Officer for Blueknight Energy Partners and has been in that role since 2014. Mr. Speer has over 29 years of commercial, operations and project management experiences in a variety of energy related businesses. These experiences include crude oil pipelines, trucking and storage management as well as management of an extensive network of asphalt, emulsions and polymer modification facilities across the United States. Mr. Speer previously served as Vice President of Operations for SemGroup and Vice President of Operations for Koch Industries, Inc. over 19 years in a variety of similar businesses, including Koch’s Purina Mills agricultural business and Koch’s Canadian crude oil business .

Mr. Speer received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

Rich Adams

Vice President of Crude Operations

Rich Adams serves as Vice President of Crude Operations for Blueknight Energy Partners. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Adams has held a variety of progressively senior positions at an international energy infrastructure company and possesses considerable expertise in crude oil pipeline and storage operations, business development, and safety management. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Adams worked in extensive roles relative to operations, engineering, enterprise safety, reliability systems and commercial development. His experience includes leading large teams of operational resources, overseeing major projects and developing and implementing critical operational processes. Mr. Adams has numerous years of commercial development experience in international efforts in South America and Canada as well as in the United States.

Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.