Inspiring each other to take on challenges and support local projects
Once a year, everyone who coordinates community relations activities for their location or organization at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) comes together for two days of sharing and collaboration.
“This has become a great way for this group to share best practices,” notes MPC State Government and Public Affairs Director Chuck Rice. “The remainder of the year, the group gets together via conference call, but there is a lot of value in this group coming together face-to-face one time every year to collaborate and develop relationships. The interaction helps inspire everyone and generates new ideas.”
The Public Affairs organization coordinates the gathering, Rice notes, as the information shared provides material for company publications and social media through the MPC Newsroom. It also provides material for MPC’s annual corporate citizenship report.
This year the group gathered at MPC’s refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky., where members were welcomed by Refinery General Manager Rich Hernandez and Human Resources Manager Greg Jackson. In addition to individual presentations and discussion, the two days planned by the refinery’s Community Relations Representative Sheila Fraley and MPC Marine Transportation’s Ruby Deerfield included tours of the refinery and the Marine Repair Facility, a trip to the refinery’s nearby Savage Branch Wildlife Preserve, and a special barbecue aboard a barge powered by the M/V Marathon on the Ohio River.
“Attending this event for the past two years has been very beneficial,” notes Administrative Services Manager Paul Smith, who manages MPC’s corporate philanthropic budget. “One thing that comes through loud and clear is that MPC is a good corporate citizen in every community where we have operations. Every group takes on local projects and meets challenges specific to their locations, but the focus on our core values is the same throughout MPC.”
Also in attendance this year were Aspen Steib and Leroy St. Pierre (Garyville, La.), Jennifer Mueller (Robinson, Ill.), Clenetta Frazier (Detroit, Mich.), Phil Pratt (Canton, Ohio), Adrian Pringle (Marine Transportation), Andrew Sovine (Texas City, Texas), Ruth Rendon (Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City), Nick Evans (Marketing), Greg McCartney (Health, Environment, Safety & Security), Marna Berlekamp (Terminal, Transport & Rail), Isaac Perkins (Marathon Pipe Line LLC), Jamal Kheiry and Sid Barth (Public Affairs).