Love’s Travel Stops Appoints Shane Wharton to Newly Created President Role
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 8, 2019 - Love's Travel Stops (Love's), the nation's industry-leading travel stop network, today announced Shane Wharton has been named president, a newly created role, effective immediately. As president, Wharton will work closely with the Love family and oversee Love's Operations and Fleet Sales, as well as the company's Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal departments. He will report directly to Love's Co-CEOs Greg and Frank Love. Wharton previously served as Love's executive vice president and chief financial officer.
"Appointing Shane as president is a proactive step to support the company's continued growth in scope and size," said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love's. "Shane has a long history with Love's and a deep understanding of our businesses, culture and people. He is a strong leader with a multitude of strengths and capabilities, and I feel confident he is the right person to help carry out our vision as we continue to grow."
Wharton's leadership career with Love's began 22 years ago. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and member of the American Institute of CPAs and Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Wharton's strong financial acumen and extensive industry knowledge will add an increased focus on expanding the company's products and services for Customers.
Wharton grew up in Geary, Oklahoma, and was born in Watonga, Oklahoma, home to Love's first location. He attended Oklahoma State University and earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1990 before earning his certified public accountant license. Wharton was inducted into the OSU School of Accounting Hall of Fame in 2016 and has actively served in various capacities for the United Way of Central Oklahoma for more than 15 years. He has also served on the boards of Leadership OKC's Youth Leadership Exchange, Oklahoma Science Museum and the Homeless Alliance.
Love's will conduct a nationwide search to fill the chief financial officer role. To learn more about Love's, visit loves.com.
About Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores (Love's) is the nation's industry-leading travel stop network with more than 480 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 23,000 people. Love's provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love's has more than 350 truck service centers, which include Speedco and on-site Love's Truck Tire Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventative maintenance and total truck care nationwide network on the road today. Love's is committed to providing Customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.