Atlas Oil chairman receives Spirit of Excellence Award

Sam Simon, chairman and CEO of Taylor-based Atlas Oil, has received the ConocoPhillips 2006 Spirit of Excellence Award.

The award, presented during the ConocoPhillips Branded Marketing Convention in Orlando, Florida, is presented to U.S. marketers who demonstrate the company's core values, including safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork in both their professional and personal lives.

Simon started in the fuel business in 1976 while working at one of his father's 30 gas stations. In 1980, he assumed management of all 30 stations and later purchased his first fuel truck, using a $30,000 credit card cash advance.

Today, Atlas Oil has grown to be the largest wholesale distributor of petroleum products in the Midwest, delivering hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel per year.

Headquartered in Taylor, Atlas Oil Co. provides services in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana markets.