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CEO Sam Simon to take visionary role with Atlas Oil as Michael Evans named president and COO

Atlas Oil Co. promoted Michael Evans, 47, to the new position of president and COO.

The promotion will allow Evans to oversee the day-to-day operations while chairman and CEO Sam Simon takes on a more visionary role with the Taylor-based company, according to Mary Zaleski, director of marketing.

Simon will focus on mergers and acquisitions as well as searching for new business opportunities, she said.

“Having an entrepreneur like Sam who can create ideas and opportunities gives us a lot of value,” Evans said. “But it’s very difficult to focus both on strategy and run the day-to-day operations of the business. Hopefully, this change will make us more efficient.”

Atlas Oil was 12th on Crain’s fastest-growing companies list. From 2009 to 2012, revenue grew 74 percent from $1.08 billion to $1.88 billion. The company grew by acquiring troubled gas stations, entering new markets in Texas and New Mexico and creating a new transloading division to move crude oil from wells to refineries or rail cars for longer-distance transportation.

Evans said he foresees the company expanding its crude oil hauling, possibly into Texas and Eastern Ohio, he said.

Evans, who joined Atlas in 1996, was executive vice president of real estate and business development. He has held several other positions with Atlas Oil, including head of real estate development and sales, commercial and industrial sales manager and chief development officer. Prior to working at Atlas, he was a financial analyst with Electronic Data Systems and played a role in its spinoff from General Motors Corp. in 1996.

Atlas supplies fuel to nearly 400 convenience stores in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The company has expanded its number of employees from 298 in 2011 to 425 this year. Atlas expects revenue of $1.82 billion in 2013.

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