Turning jobs into careers
For a large company, the employees at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) come from many types of backgrounds, but the resonating fact remains that many of them have spent their careers with the same company. MPC’s ranks are full of hardworking people who have worked their way up from entry-level positions to roles of great responsibility. It’s the story of rewarding careers and lifelong connections that MPC employees share. Our retail subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is one of the great examples of how we recognize merit in our employees and help them begin successful career trajectories.
“Because we are a retail organization, we have more than 33,000 employees interacting with millions of customers each day,” said Phil Hall, Speedway’s vice president of Human Resources and Training. “That’s an enormous number of opportunities for our people to show their drive and dedication, and we’re constantly on the lookout for that kind of enthusiasm and ability.”
Speedway’s vast talent pool has yielded results. Many Speedway non-store and management positions, including at its headquarters in Enon, Ohio, are filled by people who have started out in one of Speedway’s 2,770 stores and taken their careers in directions that made sense for them.
Geritha Courts, for example, started with Speedway in 2000 as a part-time customer service representative to help her parents pay for her wedding. Having worked with managers of various styles and ability, Courts decided she wanted to put the best of what she had seen into practice. Speedway managers saw her talent and gave her the opportunity.
“And after I decided to stay on, I found that I really loved training and building people up so they could achieve the next level of management,” she said. “That’s what really inspired me – helping people achieve their potential with the company.”
Courts rose to the level of senior general manager, running five successful stores over six years. This year, she began a new career trajectory as a recruiter for Speedway. “Over time, I decided I wanted to explore new options and return to school,” she said. “This position will allow that to happen.”
Gene Freeman started as a store manager in 1989 and rose through the ranks as a district manager, pricing coordinator, training coordinator and other positions at over a dozen locations. Freeman is currently the company’s manager of Training and Communications.
“If you would have told me in 1989, when I was a store manager, that today I would be in this position with the second-largest company owned and operated convenience store chain in the nation, I would have shaken my head in disbelief,” said Freeman. “This has been an amazing journey.”
Like Freeman, Heidi Lewis started as a store manager in 1989, rose through the ranks, worked at more than a dozen locations, and now is head of the company’s Light Products Pricing and Fuel Optimization organization. “There are so many stories like this throughout Speedway,” says Hall.
There’s Michael Earegood, who started as a district manager trainee, and now is a maintenance manager for more than 1,200 stores. There’s Diana Anderson, who started as a store manager and earned her degree while working her way up to her current position as a division human resources manager.
“A comprehensive list would be very, very long,” Hall said. “We are proud of the opportunities we provide, and we’re so fortunate to have such talented employees who make their careers with us.”