Ralph Grimmer is a senior executive with 38 years of experience in the U.S. downstream and midstream oil sectors. He has a wealth of operational and commercial experience with Texaco, Motiva Enterprises, and Tesoro plus consulting experience with Baker & O’Brien. Ralph has a strong background in crude oil and refined products logistics (pipelines, terminals, rail, trucking), downstream optimization, supply & trading, business development (both line operations and M&A), refining, and rack marketing of petroleum products.
Ralph’s experience base includes refining, supply & trading, and regional optimization over 24 years with Texaco. For seven years starting with the formation of Motiva Enterprises, he was the executive responsible for 46 proprietary refined products terminals, 600 million barrels per day (mbd) truck supply of gasoline to Shell and Texaco retail outlets, and rack marketing of 250 mbd of home heating oil and other unbranded refined products. He championed development of an industry-first rack pricing optimization tool. Over the six years Ralph was with Tesoro, his executive leadership transformed Tesoro’s logistics function from a low visibility cost center into a robust, rapidly growing master limited partnership. Expansion of Tesoro Logistics’ Bakken-focused assets (pipelines & gathering) and throughput volumes in North Dakota and significant increases in proprietary product terminals throughput volumes were among the highlights of this transformation.
Ralph received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.