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MFA Oil Names Interim CEO

Break Time c-store owner seeking permanent replacement
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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The MFA Oil Co. board of directors has named Jon Ihler interim CEO. He succeeds Mark Fenner, who had held the positions of president and CEO since 2014.

John Ihler

Ihler will be responsible for overseeing the company's day-to-day operations of the refined fuel, propane, Petro-Card 24, Break Time convenience-store, Big O Tires and Jiffy Lube operations across an eight-state region.

  • Break Time is No. 96 in CSP’s 2018 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by number of retail outlets.

“We appreciate the work Mark did for MFA Oil Co., and we wish him the best in future endeavors,” said MFA Oil Board Chairman Marion Kertz. “Jon’s experience and tenure with MFA Oil will help lead the company through this period of transition.”

The board plans to start the process of finding a permanent replacement immediately.

Fenner joined the company in 2012 as chief operating officer.

Ihler joined MFA Oil in 2001, working in Big O Tires and Jiffy Lube management before moving to Colorado, where he owned and operated his own franchised automotive business. He returned to MFA Oil in 2006, serving as business development manager and director of sales and marketing. In 2014, Ihler was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, overseeing sales, marketing and distribution as well as APM LLC, the dealer/wholesale company MFA Oil acquired in 2013.

Columbia, Mo.-based MFA Oil operates more than 70 Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas. The stores feature Top Tier gasoline, Roasters Cafe coffee, Dashboard Diner sandwiches and a variety of drinks, snacks and convenience items. As a farmer-owned cooperative, MFA Oil has provided energy solutions to customers for more than 85 years. It delivers propane, fuels and lubricants across a 10-state region from Utah to Indiana. It operates Big O Tire retail locations in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma and Jiffy Lube locations in Missouri.

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