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Blue Tide Adds to its World-Class Leadership Team

April 6, 2023

At Blue Tide Environmental (BTE), we strive to make the most sustainable, ultra-high-performance Group II+, re-refined base oils in North America. Cutting-edge technology is critical in attaining this objective, but ultimately, our values and dedicated workforce propel us forward.

To better support our mission of becoming the pre-eminent global producer of re-refined base oils (RBO), BTE has decided to strengthen our already deep bench by hiring two additional leaders to direct critical areas. Thus, I am pleased to inform you that Patrick (Pat) Gribbin and Terry Lee have joined our team. Pat is taking on the responsibilities of SVP of Sales and Marketing managing the Global Base Oil and Process Oil activities, and Terry is taking on the role of COO of Re-Refining. 

Pat Gribbin will head up our RBO portfolio expansion, providing critical market understanding and strategic sales leadership. Pat has a strong track record of over 30 years of senior executive positions in the refining, specialty products, lubricants, and asphalt industries. He spent ten years with HollyFrontier (HF)—now HF Sinclair—leading their global Lubricants and Specialty Products commercial teams, with offices in the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, and Europe. Among his many contributions, Pat played a critical role in HF Sinclair’s expansion, pivotal in acquiring Petro-Canada Lubricants, Red Giant, and Sonneborn. While at HF Sinclair, he also managed Holly Asphalt Company, a major asphalt producer in the southwestern US. Additionally, Pat spent 20 years with Sunoco R&M in Philadelphia, managing the commercial wholesale portfolio, including lubricants and specialty products.  

Terry Lee will be leading BTE’s re-refining operations. In this position, he will manage all of BTE’s operating assets as well as the technical and HS&E groups. Terry comes to us with over 35 years of petrochemical experience within Shell and its joint venture partners, overseeing the construction, commissioning, and start-up of performance chemicals, refining, and asphalt facilities. Additionally, he has extensive supply, planning, and operations management experience. He has a strong history of delivering superior results: improving HS&E, operational reliability, cost management, and productivity. 

A vital element of this strategic move is to split our sales, marketing and supply responsibilities. Now, as SVP of Global Supply and Specialty Product Sales, Steve Lewis will leverage his years of experience to ensure our plants have the used motor oil (UMO), and vacuum gas oil (VGO) needed to run efficiently. He will also have global oversight of specialty product sales.

We are excited about the results of our progress and ability to assemble a world-class leadership team here at Blue Tide.