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The team at Tropic Oil is one characterized by experience, dedication to quality, the highest possible level of customer service, and the legacy of a business started in 1952, still owned and operated by the original owners. It is this lengthy and consistent commitment to the success of Tropic Oil that has employees with tenures exceeding 20 and even 30 years.

George E. LeVasser

CEO

With Tropic Oil since 1973

George E. LeVasser is the son of Tropic Oil’s founder, George A. LeVasser. Mr. LeVasser graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Pharmacy. After five years in the pharmaceutical field in Maryland, he returned to Miami to join the family business, approaching five decades of the family legacy.

Stephen Gorey

President

With Tropic Oil since 1990

Mr. Gorey graduated from Troy State University in 1990 with a degree in Business Management and immediately went to work with Tropic Oil. In his 20+ year tenure, he has held virtually every position in the company.  Mr. Gorey was named Vice President of Operations in 1996 and President in 2011.

Joseph P. Rodriguez

Vice President, Sales

With Tropic Oil since 2005

Retired from ExxonMobil after 30 years of service, Mr. Rodriguez joined Tropic Oil in 2006. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Rodriguez earned a Marine Engineering Degree. 

David H. Gurney

Vice President, Operations

With Tropic Oil since 2010

A former Harrier pilot and U.S. Marine, Colonel Gurney joined Tropic Oil in 2010. A graduate of Air University’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, as well as National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Colonel Gurney holds two Masters degrees and a commercial pilot’s license. He is Treasurer of the Deep Draft Lubricant Association. 

Marlin Evenson

Chief Financial Officer

With Tropic Oil since 2002

Mr. Evenson joined Tropic Oil in 2002 after six years working in various Controller and Consulting positions at Southeast Florida firms. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in Dallas, Texas in accounting positions in both public and industry-specific accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Iowa with a BBA in Accounting.

Alex M. Gongar

Information Systems Manager [ Application Developer | Systems Administrator ]

With Tropic Oil since 1996

Prior to working at Tropic Oil, Mr. Gongar worked as a Programmer/Analyst at various banks and mortgage corporations. He received his degrees in Computer Programming and Analysis, and in Computer Science. He holds the following IT certifications: Certified Internet Web Professional Associate, NRIS Visual C++ Programmer, CompTIA A+, Network+, Server+, Project+,  i-Net+, and Linux+.  He is also a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Matthew E. Davis

Tropic Oil Company, Marine Department, Operations and Sales

With Tropic Oil since 2005

Mr. Davis has 25 years of experience in the bunkering, petroleum products and shipping industries for Florida, U.S. Gulf and Caribbean markets. A 1984 graduate from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marine Transportation and Nautical Science.

David Clendennin

Inventory Manager

With Tropic Oil since 1973

Mr. Clendennin started with Tropic Oil as a driver, a position he held for 26 years before being promoted to Plant Manager for five years, and finally moving into his current position five years ago.

Susan Wood

Logistics Administrator/Office

With Tropic Oil since 1976

Ms. Wood is in charge of Tropic Oil’s consignment stock for Vickers-Oil and Innospec products, handles the company’s State of Florida and Federal tax reports, is the trustee of the company’s 401(k) pension plan, as well as lubricants pricing, and assistant to the office manager.

Jeremias Mendonca

STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist

With Tropic Oil since 2002

Prior to joining the Tropic Oil team, JD spent nearly two decades as an aviation mechanic with Brothers Aviation at South Air.  JD is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist who brings to bear extensive subject matter expertise in aviation, industrial, and commercial equipment applications, making him a formidable technical resource.

Jonathan Padilla

STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist

With Tropic Oil since 2007

Jonathan is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist who provides technical assistance to the sales team and serves as assistant to the Vice President of Sales for major house accounts.  He has been with Tropic Oil Company since 2007 and trained in logistics, warehouse operations, and fleet dispatch.  He is prepared to field all inquiries relating to technical issues, administrative concerns, and logistics.