For nearly 80 years, Ferrellgas has grown significantly, and we recognize the secret to that success is people. Our leaders draw from their unique expertise, talents, and skills to help plan and execute strategies that keep us on the path toward continued success.

Meet our leadership team.

James E. Ferrell

Chairman, Interim Chief Executive Officer & President

On September 27, 2016, Mr. Ferrell was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and President by the Board of Directors of Ferrellgas, Inc. Mr. Ferrell has been with Ferrell Companies or its predecessors and its affiliates in various executive capacities since 1965, including Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ferrellgas, Inc. Under his leadership, Ferrellgas has grown from a small, independently owned propane company to one of the nation’s largest propane retailers. Mr. Ferrell is a past President of the World LP Gas Association and a former Chairman of the Propane Vehicle Council. Mr. Ferrell brings to the company significant experience in propane and midstream operations and valuable knowledge of the company’s operating history.

Trenton D. Hampton

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hampton joined our general partner in 2001 as Corporate Counsel. He was promoted to Director of the Legal Department in 2006, and Vice President of Legal and Risk Management as well as Corporate Secretary in 2008. In 2013 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Legal and Risk Management. Mr. Hampton joined the Executive Committee in January of 2017. In addition to the Legal and Risk Management Departments, Mr. Hampton is responsible for several administrative departments, including Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology, Acquisitions, Procurement and Asset Management, and Real Estate. Mr. Hampton obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Northwest Missouri State University and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University.

Doran Schwartz

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned finance leader, Mr. Schwartz joined the Ferrellgas team in October 2017. Prior to this, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a diversified energy and infrastructure company based in Bismarck, North Dakota, from February 2010 to 2017, and was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at MDU from September 2005 to February 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Moorhead State University, a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. He has also earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Retail & Corporate Leadership

Ben Guzzi, Region Vice President, North Central

Bryan Wright, Region Vice President, South Central

Eric Ellis, Region Vice President, Southwest

Joe Westby, Region Vice President, Northwest

Kevin Tobolski, Region Vice President, South

Marcin Grucela, Region Vice President, Southeast

Ray Galan, Region Vice President, West

Tim Sayers, Region Vice President, Northeast

Cathy Brown, Senior Vice President, Tax & Treasury

Eric Kruger, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning (Board Secretary)

Mark Tucker, Senior Vice President, Sales (Blue Rhino)

Jessica Ashe, Vice President, Human Resources

Scott Brockelmeyer, Vice President, Marketing & Media Relations

Rick E. Frawley, Vice President, Legal

Nathan Gronberg, Vice President of Accounting & Corporate Controller

Sarah Knight, Vice President, Customer Experience & Employee Development

Robin Lewis, Vice President of Material Management, Fleet, National Accounts

Bill Ruisinger, Vice President, Investor Relations and Planning

Jim Saladin, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Tamria Zertuche, Vice President, Information Technology


Ferrell North America

Brian Numrich, Vice President, Trading and Distribution

Travis Ochs, Vice President, Supply

Travis Dunham, Director, Wholesale

Taylor Marolis, Director, Transportation


Board of Directors, Ferrellgas Partners

James E. Ferrell, Chairman

Pamela A. Breuckmann

Stephen M. Clifford

Andrew Levison

John R. Lowden

Michael F. Morrissey

James K. Schwartz