"Good is not good enough; excellence is the only game we can play in life"
Since 1957 the Hightower Family has continued to operate as a privately held corporation in various business endeavors.
In 1984 Stephen Hightower started Hightowers Petroleum Co. as a licensed Motor Fuel Dealer. With foresight and continuing innovation, HPC developed a “Virtual Market Place” throughout the United States with the ability to provide gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, lubricants, oils, greases, and alternative energy nationally.
Stephen's customer base includes Ford Motor Company, Duke Energy, General Motors Corporation, D.W. Morgan Co., P.A.M. Transportation, The Kroger Company, Fed Ex, UPS, AK Steel Corporation, Progress Energy, PEPCO Holdings, Inc., Con-Edison, Catholic Health Partners, The State of Ohio, Greater Dayton RTA, Honda/TRC, University of Miami, Ceasers Entertainment, Boarder States Industries, Dallas DART, United Rentals, Dominion Transportation, General Mills and many others.
Stephen has remained active in the international community since 1984, primarily in Nigeria; also maintaining relationships with most of the major energy companies across the United States. Stephen continues to be a leader in the industry while providing value and innovation to all of his customers.
Through the leadership of Steve Hightower, Hightower Family corporations continue to provide its customers with unique processes, and has built a supply chain that “Exceeds Expectations” while “Fueling America’s Energy Needs” one customer at a time!
Stephen also remains extremely active delivering emotionally riveting speeches to businesses, entrepreneurs, and students on perseverance, success, and fulfilling your DREAMS!
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Board of Trustees
Board of Directors National Park Foundation, appointment by the Secretary of Interior
Board of Directors SIGMA (The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association)
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
The Corporate Council on Africa
National Petroleum Council, an appointment by the Secretary of Energy, Steven Che
Corporate Round Table Member for NBCSL (National Black Caucus of State Legislators)
Legislative Committee - NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores)
AABE (American Association of Blacks in Energy)
Governor appointed Board Member for the State of Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board
Executive Board Member for ArtsWave
Advisory Board Feed the Hungry Program
Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Middletown Area, Inc.
National Supplier Diversity Council Corporate Plus Member
Wright State University Foundation – Board of Trustees
Board Member of Wright State Universities-University College
Member of the United National Global Compact
Community GEMS Award recipient at the People of Color Wellness Alliance – A Night of Elegance, November(2015)
Cincinnati Business Courier “C-Suite Award” Winners: Steve Hightower, CEO(2015)
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year” Finalist (2015)
Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist(2015)
Cincinnati Business Courier “55 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Greater Cincinnati” Finalist(2015)
Interstate 75/71 Business Hall of Fame Inductee(2015)
YMCA “Celebration of Character Strong Families Award”(2014)
Dayton Business Journal “Minority Business of the Year”(2014)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Privately Held Businesses Rank #34(2014)
U.S. Department of Commerce, Miami Fl. Business Center, 50 most Powerful Minority Businesses, Advocates & Lifetime Achievers(2014)
HPC ranked No. 12 on the Black Enterprise 100’s list, which recognizes America’s largest African American-owned businesses(2014)
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus “Minority Business of the Year”(2014)
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC), Supplier of the Year, Class IV- over $50M category(2014)
Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber “Small Business of the Year Award” (2014)
Minority Enterprise Development Week “Minority Retail Energy Firm of the Year” (2014)
NAACP Presidents Award (2014)
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus “Minority Business of the Year” (2014)
Men of Honor, For Your Extraordinary Accomplishments in Entrepreneurship (2013)
SCOMSDC “Supplier of the Year Class IV” (2013)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Privately Held Businesses Rank #34 (2013)
Dayton Business Journal Fastest Growing Company #5 (2013)
Black Enterprise Industrial / Service Company of the Year (2013)
The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Everest Award (2013)
Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 (2013)
Cincinnati Business Courier Largest Tri-State Minority-Owned Business #1 (2012 & 2013)
Cincinnati Business Courier Largest Tri-State Private Company #45 (2013)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Privately Held Businesses Rank #37 (2012)
Cincinnati USA Innovation Awards Community Innovation of the Year (2012)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Privately Held Businesses Rank #50 (2011)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Up and Coming Companies Rank #60 (2010)
Inc. 500/5000 “The Fastest Growing Private U.S. Company” (2009, 2011, 2013 & 2014)
NMSDC “Supplier of the Year Regional Award Winner - Class IV” (2010)
Dayton Business Journal “Minority Owned Business of the Year” Winner and “Executive of the Year” Finalist (2009)
SCOMSDC “MBE of the Year – Class IV” (2009)
Best of Black Business Awards “Best Energy Company” (2009)
AABE Entrepreneur of the Year (2009)
Edison Electric Institute Supplier Diversity Initiative (2009)
Cincinnati Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program Minority Business Honoree “A Piece of the Action” Celebration (2009)
Deloitte Cincinnati USA “Rising Star” Award (2007)
Cincinnati Regional Chamber Minority Business of the Year Winner “Small Business Excellence Award” (2006)
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