Eric Brown is the Vice President and General Manager of the Valero Memphis Refinery, a position he has held since April 2020. Moving to Memphis was a homecoming of sorts – although he’s a Jackson, Tennessee native, he began his career at the Memphis refinery in 1997 as a process engineer, after earning his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers University.
In 2002, Eric moved to the Gulf Coast and over the years he has held progressive leadership roles throughout Valero, the world’s largest independent refiner and North America’s largest renewable fuels producer. Mr. Brown describes Valero as a “very giving company” with a consistent commitment to the communities where we live and work. Over the past 10 years, this Memphis refinery and the Valero Energy Foundation have donated over $10 Million to support area charities. Over the past three years, Valero employees have volunteered over 15,000 hours to support charitable organizations.
During the pandemic, Mr. Brown designed a new volunteer opportunity specifically for Alpha Omega Veterans. He thought it was important to reach out to help other veterans advance and succeed. Mr. Brown is a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served in the US Army for five years as a Power Generation Equipment Repairman. He says the Army helped him earn money for college, develop strong leadership skills and travel the world. He was stationed in Germany, Kansas, and served in Operation Desert Storm. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 33 years and they have two sons – one that’s attending UCLA and one that attends Lausanne.