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The Beginning - Dwain Willingham

Born in Great Bend, Kansas, Dwain Willingham was raised in the "City Different" — Santa Fe, New Mexico. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Dwain worked with Phillips Petroleum in London helping to market North Sea NGS. Over the next nine years, he held various jobs within petrochemical, supply distribution and transportation while working in London, Brussels, Panama, and Tokyo. Dwain left Phillips in 1976 to open a London office for The Williams Company.

Dwain moved to Tulsa in 1978 as President, LPG International, a consortium of USA retail propane marketers lead by Williams Energy. In 1980 he became Vice President, Supply and Distribution for Buckeye Gas Products, and in 1987 when Ferrellgas acquired Buckeye Gas Products Dwain transferred to Kansas City.

Dwain was a Vice President and officer for the second largest North American retail propane marketer. As a key member of management, Dwain was involved in all aspects of retail propane. In 1991, Dwain formed Willingham Associates, with an operating philosophy of Helping Business Partners Create Opportunity. Dwain challenged the industry to think of new things and old things in new ways growing the company to become the major resource headquarters for independent marketers.

Today, Propane Resources is a team of professionals under the leadership of four managing partners. Since the early 90s, Propane Resources has provided assistance to retail propane and other energy marketers that lack the time, staff or expertise to do it all themselves. Services include wholesale supply and risk management, sales and acquisitions, operational and marketing consulting, as well as speaking and educational events.

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Dwain Willingham
Dwain Willingham
1944 - 2005
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