Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Woodward serves as Chief Executive Officer of Blueknight Energy Partners. He was appointed to this role in June 2020. Mr. Woodward joined Blueknight as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. He has substantial financial experience across investment banking, corporate development, and corporate finance within the energy and midstream industry. Mr. Woodward previously served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of Andeavor Logistics (NYSE: ANDX), where he was appointed by its board of directors to be the principal financial officer. Prior to this appointment, he led investor relations for ANDX and started his career with Andeavor, now Marathon Petroleum, in corporate development leading valuation, structuring and economic analysis on over $10 billion of corporate and asset transactions. Before joining Andeavor, Mr. Woodward served as a vice president at RBC Capital Markets within its energy investment banking group where he advised on numerous large scale mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Mr. Woodward received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy from Colorado College and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Lewis serves as Chief Financial Officer for Blueknight. Mr. Lewis has substantial financial experience having previously served in a number of corporate and operational finance roles in addition to investment banking. Mr. Lewis previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Streamline Innovations, Inc., a privately held company providing specialty solutions for water and gas treating processes within energy and industrial markets. Prior to Streamline, Mr. Lewis was Director of Business Planning & Analysis at Andeavor Logistics (NYSE: ANDX), where he served on the extended leadership team and coordinated all business planning and analysis activities. Previously, Mr. Lewis served in multiple roles of increasing responsibility at Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP (NASDAQ: MCEP), prior to being appointed Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in 2016.
Mr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University – Rawls College of Business and his Master of Business of Administration from Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Speer serves as Chief Operating Officer for Blueknight Energy Partners and has been in that role since 2014. Mr. Speer has over 29 years of commercial, operations and project management experiences in a variety of energy related businesses. These experiences include crude oil pipelines, trucking and storage management as well as management of an extensive network of asphalt, emulsions and polymer modification facilities across the United States. Mr. Speer previously served as Vice President of Operations for SemGroup and Vice President of Operations for Koch Industries, Inc. over 19 years in a variety of similar businesses, including Koch’s Purina Mills agricultural business and Koch’s Canadian crude oil business .
Mr. Speer received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.
Chief Legal Officer
Joel Kanvik serves as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. Kanvik previously served as the Director of U.S. Law and Assistant Secretary for Enbridge Energy Company, Inc, which he joined in January 2001. He provided legal and business counsel to a family of corporations/limited partnerships, including the development and execution for large-scale construction/acquisition projects, mergers and acquisitions, contracts and licenses, intellectual property, litigation management and corporate governance.
Mr. Kanvik received his Bachelor of Business Administration in political science from Northwestern University, and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Chief Accounting Officer
Michael McLanahan serves as Chief Accounting Officer for Blueknight Energy Partners. Mr. McLanahan brings 15 years of accounting experience in the public and private sectors. He has previously served the Partnership in various accounting roles, including the Corporate Controller, and he has served as an audit manager for the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
Mr. McLanahan received his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University, and is a certified public accountant in the state of Oklahoma.