Senior Associate


Joseph E. Sparano retired on March 31, 2011 as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).  He advised the Chairman and supported WSPA’s President on matters related to the trade organization’s operations and advocacy in six Western states – California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Mr. Sparano was appointed to the WSPA Executive Advisor position effective January 1, 2010 after announcing his intention to retire from WSPA in March 2011.  Joe was previously WSPA’s President for almost seven years, serving in that role since March 2003.  He provided WSPA with the benefit of 42 years experience in the petroleum industry.  Joe currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CVR Energy, Inc. and as a Board member of BlueFire Renewables, Inc.

Immediately prior to his appointment as WSPA’s President, Joe was President of Tesoro Petroleum’s West Coast Regional Business Unit and Vice President of the company’s Heavy Fuels Marketing segment.  Joe’s career also includes service as Chairman and CEO of Long Beach-based Pacific Refining Company and executive positions with Exxon, Ultramar, Union Pacific Resources/Champlin, and Mercury Air Group.  He has served as a consultant for TransCanada Pipelines’ Executive Management, and has been president of his own consulting firm.

Mr. Sparano graduated cum laude from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.  He has pursued graduate studies in business administration at both Stevens and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.