Tom Lu joins Pilko with 40 years of experience in a broad spectrum of roles across the Energy industry. Tom is a highly engaged executive leader with a proven track record of achieving performance improvement at large, complex refineries. Tom has held leadership positions at multiple refineries and headquarters locations, in operations, technical, joint venture partnership, maintenance, economics & planning, trading, supply chain and other commercial activities.
Over his career, Tom has worked for ARCO, BP, Tesoro/Andeavor, and Marathon. Most recently Tom was the Refining Vice President & General Manager of the Martinez Refinery in Northern California. He is now President of TAL Advisory Group LLC, focusing on leadership and strategic improvement initiatives for companies in the Energy and Chemical industries.
Tom is energized by the challenge of creating value thru the development and implementation of efficient work processes and leveraging organizational capability to improve performance and increase employee engagement. He effectively interconnects long-term vision with short-term accountabilities and is astute in establishing the appropriate metrics for all levels of the organization. He connects the front-line with the bottom-line.
Tom has a passionate commitment for the personal and professional growth and development of leaders and for implementing a continuous improvement mindset and culture within the entire workforce. He leads with an open, transparent, and inclusive approach, and promotes strength of the team while incorporating individuals’ knowledge and perspectives.
Tom graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and received his MBA in Finance from USC. Tom and his wife Stephanie have been married for 38 years. They have 3 children (triplets) and two grandchildren. His hobbies include cycling, hiking, skiing, golf and handyman activities around the house.