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Gary Hanson

Vice President, Corporate Communications Western Refining
Arizona Industries of commerce
United States of America


Gary Hanson has served as Vice President, Corporate Communications of Western Refining since 2007. Gary is responsible for all communications for Western Refining, Western Refining Logistics, and Northern Tier Energy, all publicly traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange. He is responsible for managing overall brand image of each company and directs the advertising, corporate sponsorships, internal communications, and community relations for all three companies. Gary moved to Arizona in 2012 when Western relocated its executive offices to Tempe from El Paso, Texas.Prior to joining Western Refining, Gary was the Global Marketing Director for the Manufacturing Industry Group at EDS where he was responsible for all marketing strategy and communicationsPreviously, Gary was Vice President, Marketing for Software Spectrum. He moved to Software Spectrum from EDS, where was Director of Marketing Communications.Earlier, he was Vice President of Account Services at Michael & Partners Advertising, and, before that, he was on the marketing staff of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team where he developed corporate sponsor packages, and designed and implemented numerous promotional activities. Gary began his career in sales and marketing in 1980 for Eli Lilly & Company.Gary received his BBA degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University where he served as Student Body President.He serves on the Communications Committee for the American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers Association and the Board of Directors for the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission. Gary was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Fiesta Bowl beginning in March. Hanson was actively involved in a number of local organizations in El Paso, including the United Way of El Paso and the Sun Bowl, where he served as President, Director, and Tournament Director for the Western Refining College All America Golf Classic.Gary, and his wife Susan, have six children.

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