EPIC Leadership Team
Kevin Cox – President
Kevin has over 28 years of experience in the aviation industry. At Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), he served in a variety of capacities, serving the last seven years as the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the entire organization and its 1700 employees. While at DFW, Kevin led the financing and development of its Airport Improvement Program which resulted in the largest one-day airport bond sale in the history of the market and ultimately the construction of the airport’s new international terminal and people-mover system. Subsequently, he joined American Airlines as a Vice President and corporate officer of the company, first overseeing their global governmental relations group and later their global real estate group. In the latter role, Kevin led the restructuring of American Airline’s real estate holdings, resulting in over $1.5 Billion in savings to the company. Kevin joined EPIC Fuels three years ago to serve as its President. Kevin started his career as a litigator for the law firm of Strasburger and Price in Dallas, Texas.
Marla Beckham, Chief Financial Officer
Marla joins EPIC Fuels from Atlantic Aviation, a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company, a NYSE listed company, where most recently she was the Senior Vice President of Finance of the $800M provider of general and commercial aviation services. She gained deep aviation experience while serving in a variety of finance roles for more than a decade at Atlantic Aviation. Prior to her tenure at the FBO network, Marla worked in the oil, gas and power industries in various finance positions at TXU Energy and Shell Trading North America Gas & Power. Marla also worked for accounting firm Deloitte & Touché, is a CPA and a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
Ryan Mikolasik, Chief Marketing Officer
Ryan brings to EPIC Aviation nearly 30 years of marketing and communications experience in a variety of industries. For the past decade, Ryan held several executive roles with the prestigious global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick. Most recently, he served as their Executive Vice President overseeing many of Weber Shandwick’s top accounts, including American Airlines. During his tenure at American, he was responsible for setting overarching communications strategy while also serving as a strategic adviser to the company’s communications leadership during American’s historic rebranding, restructuring and merging with U.S. Airways. Before joining Weber Shandwick in 2004, Ryan led global vertical communications for software giant Oracle Corporation and has held senior marketing and communications positions at Esurance, VISA International, Harris Corporation and Verizon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism-public relations from Fresno State University.
Landon Larson, Vice President – Supply & Logistics
Landon has more than a decade of unique experience across the entire petroleum supply chain. As Vice President of Supply and Logistics, Landon and his team are focused on building superior supplier relationships and maximizing supplier performance to ensure the best value for EPIC’s customers. Landon joins EPIC from Southwest Airlines where he was most recently a Category Manager in the company’s fuel supply chain management team. His experience includes product and crude positions with refiner HollyFrontier and crude producer Pioneer Natural Resources. Landon started his career in aviation as a Line Technician for Signature Flight Support while in college. Landon was promoted in 2018 to his current role where he is responsible for Fuel Supply, Dispatch, and Risk Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.Ed in aviation from Middle Tennessee State University as well as an MBA from Colorado State University. A FAA Licensed Pilot and Aircraft Dispatcher, Landon is based in Irving, Texas.
Steve Kephart, Vice President – Governmental Fueling & Logistics
Steve has over 29 years in the fuel supply and logistics business for the U.S. Military, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel in 2014. Steve is a 1986 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. During his 28-year military career, he graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio and National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., earning Masters degrees at both institutions. He also served with distinction as the Chief, Petroleum and Bulk Water Branch, The Joint Staff/J4, The Pentagon, Washington DC. Steve has vast knowledge of the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) fuel business and culminated the last few years of his career as the Director of Operations at DLA Energy. Steve joined EPIC in July of 2014 and assists not only EPIC’s effort to grow the government business segment, but also adds value to EPIC FBOs who convert DLA Energy into-plane contracts.
Connie R. Brown, Regional Vice President of Sales – West
Connie has over 14 years of service at EPIC Fuels. Connie oversees all business and general aviation sales for EPIC’s western region. Connie started her career in Marketing before moving into EPIC Card sales and bulk fuel sales. Her roles included Regional Sales Manager for the South Central, Program Manager of UVair FBO Network, Director of Business Development, Cards Program Manager, Director of EPIC Card Sales, and most recently, VP of Client Services. Through her various roles and responsibilities, she has significantly improved EPIC’s brand awareness and driven real value to EPIC’s growing customer base. Connie has created or worked on numerous important company initiatives throughout her career, including the UVair FBO Network, UAS International Trip Support, Compass PoS system, and Castrol Aviator product line. Most recently, she has developed and enhanced the overall EPIC Card platform, reorganized and brought in-house the EPIC Card sales team, and established the EPIC Card as the gold standard in the industry.
Kevin Wilkerson, Vice President – Transaction Processing
As Vice President of Transaction Processing, Kevin oversees sales, growth, and development of the company’s fuel payment cards, the EPIC Card and the Signature Flight Support Card, and the company’s robust transaction processing platform. Kevin’s experience in business aviation spans more than 15 years earned in several management roles for both Colt International and World Fuel Services. Kevin started off his aviation career with Colt International in 2004, and quickly moved up through the ranks at the contract fuel and international trip support company. Initially tasked with delivering long-term value and increasing customer satisfaction to flight departments around the globe as an account manager within Colt’s sales team, in 2008 Kevin was tapped to create and lead the new Marketing and Business Development department. In 2011 Kevin was promoted to Vice President of Supply, a role he fulfilled until World Fuel Services’ 2015 acquisition of Colt International. He served as World’s Director of FBO Solutions until joining the EPIC management team in November 2018. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and is based in the company’s Irving, Texas, headquarters.
Marian Stogsdill, Vice President – Human Resources
Marian oversees all human capital functions across EPIC. Her team handles all aspects of HR including compensation, benefits, talent management, organizational and leadership development, HRIS, payroll and recruiting. With extensive experience in the international manufacturing, retail, and energy sectors, Marian is a mergers and acquisitions veteran who has successfully integrated and created merged cultures and operations for a number of diverse organizations. In addition to her expertise in leading corporate and divisional HR functions, her operational skills in inventory, sales and process improvement drive her passion for business excellence. With undergrad studies at Oregon State University, Marian is also a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Active in her community, she has served as a member of the Community in Health Partnership task force and is a devotee of a local classical fencing team.
News & Press
Virgin Atlantic soars to new heights with first-ever commercial flight using captured greenhouse gas emissions
EPIC Fuels lends aviation fuel expertise and logistics to support commercial flight using LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology- IRVING, TX—OCT. 2, 2018 – EPIC Fuels provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech to enable the first-ever commercial flight using a unique blend of petroleum-based jet fuel […]
NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference - San Antonio, TX
Stop by the EPIC Fuels row at S&D Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2019