Jeff D. Morris
Jeff D. Morris has served as a director of Alon since May 2005 and served as Vice Chairman of Alon from May 2011 to May 2015. He joined the company as President and CEO when it was formed in August 2000, after Alon Israel Oil Co., LTD purchased FINA Inc.'s downstream operations.
As President and CEO, Morris was responsible for overseeing Alon USA’s businesses, including the Big Spring Refinery, Paramount Refinery and Krotz Springs Refinery, pipeline operations, terminal networks, asphalt production and branded fuel marketing activities. In this capacity, Morris focused on growth and acquisition opportunities for the company.
Morris is a seasoned professional and former FINA executive with more than 40 years of experience. In 1974, he began his career with FINA and held technical positions in Chemicals and R&D, before assuming various managerial posts at the Big Spring Refinery between 1982 and 1988. Morris became Operations Manager at the Port Arthur Refinery and was later promoted to Refinery Manager of the Big Spring facility.
After serving as Refinery Manager in Big Spring, Morris served as Vice President of the Southwestern Business Unit from 1995 to 1998, and Vice President of the Southeastern Business Unit from 1998 to 2000. He was responsible for the Big Spring Refinery and the Port Arthur Refinery, respectively, in addition to crude gathering assets and marketing activities for both business units.
Morris is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1974. He is an active alumnus and is recognized as a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer and Distinguished Alumnus. Morris serves as a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers and holds 10 U.S. and six foreign patents in the field of polymer processing and production. In addition, Morris is published on polystyrene in the Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design.
Morris is also involved in numerous civic activities and serves as a board member of Communities in Schools Dallas Region, Trinity Trust, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association and the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce. A sixth-generation native of Fort Worth, Texas, Morris is married to wife, Karen, and has two sons, Justin and Matthew, and one grandchild, Sophie.