James Stapleton is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science, Marine Transportation and a USCG Third Mate License. His sailing experience includes time onboard product tankers, break bulk vessels, container ships, military pre-positioning vessels and bulk coal carriers. Mr. Stapleton has 25 years of professional Maritime and International Business experience that include vessel scheduling, operations, operations management, fuel buying, fuel treatment, fuel sales and sales management. Mr. Stapleton joined Tropic Oil company in 2015 where he managed both commercial and marine sales of fuels and lubricants as the Vice President of Sales. Parkland USA acquired Tropic Oil in 2019 and restructured the management team placing Mr. Stapleton in the role of Director, Marine Sales where he successfully managed the integration of the bunker teams of Tropic Oil and Sol (Caribbean) providing a platform for bunker sales extending from multiple markets in Florida to 17 markets throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Stapleton was appointed to his current role as Vice President, Global Marine in April of 2022 and has been tasked with creating a “One Face to Market” strategy for all of Parkland’s marine business. Parkland Marine was created shortly thereafter and is currently in the process of building the infrastructure and management team in order to be prepared for full operations and offerings in 2023.