Joseph Petrowski is currently the Founder and Managing Director of Mercantor Partners, a private equity group focused on downstream energy distribution and retail convenience. From 2008 to 2014, he was the CEO of the combined Cumberland Farms-Gulf Oil Group. The company is a $13 billion annual revenue enterprise employing over 8,000 people in 29 states. The Cumberland Farms Gulf Oil Group is the 34th largest private company on the Forbes 500 list. Cumberland Farms is the nation’s eighth largest convenience retailer with almost 600 stores in the northeast region and Florida. Gulf Oil, founded in 1901, originates, blends, and distributes petroleum products as well as owns and operates bulk oil terminals throughout the region. Gulf Oil is the fastest growing petroleum distribution company in the United States delivering over 350,000 barrels every day to 3,500 outlets over 28 states.
Petrowski is a member of the Board of South Jersey Industries, a publicly traded natural gas utility and national energy merchant (NYSE ticker symbol: SJI) and a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Governance Committee. He is also a member of the New England Advisory Council at the Boston Federal Reserve and the Henry Kravis Institute for Leadership Development. Petrowski is also the former Chairman of New England Power Pool Board of Review. NEPOOL was created by the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission to assist in conflict resolution among pool members and to develop an efficient deregulated power market for the New England region. Petrowski is a trustee of Boston College High School as well as a former Board member of the Financial Economic Institute of Claremont McKenna College.
From 1991 to 1999 Petrowski was CEO of Louis Dreyfus Energy that owned and operated the 76 brand as well as 40 refined oil product terminals that were part of the national network he helped assemble. Petrowski is active in many industry trade associations including The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) as a board member and Vice Chairman. He has written numerous articles on energy and public policy, regulation and market development and is a frequent guest (65 plus appearances) on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg radio. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal and has testified before Congress and several regulatory agencies on energy and international trade issues. Petrowski graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and Government. He wrote his honors thesis, graded summa cum laude, on the anticipated changes coming to retail distribution from the Petroleum Marketing Practices act of 1974. He has been married for 31 years to Debra Petrowski, has four children, and resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts.