2014 Easter

Energy executive to discuss changing corporate culture


Donald Holmes, the top human resources executive for Delek US Holdings, a Brentwood, TN-based energy company, will be the 2014 Graham Executive in Residence.

Holmes will discuss how the company’s senior executive team is working together to increase cohesion and group performance at a public lecture on Tuesday,  April 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium.

The lecture, titled “Trust and Transparency: A Case Study on Human Capital and the Impact of ‘Conscious Leadership’ on Corporate Culture,” will describe a process that started as a team-building exercise but has grown to encompass much broader aspects of Delek’s corporate culture.

Holmes says the eight-strong senior leadership team is “going through the journey” of examining “how we operate as an executive team.” The process, though not complete, has already produced changes in perspective that are being felt throughout the company, Holmes says.

Delek US is best known to the public for its convenience stores, including the Mapco brand, with stores across the southeastern United States. Delek US also owns two oil refineries and a majority share of a petroleum logistics partnership that transports and distributes crude oil and refined products in the Southeast and West Texas.

Holmes joined Delek in November 2011. He came to the firm after nine years at Nashville-based Central Parking Systems, Inc., where he was senior vice president of human resources. He has also held executive positions at transportation, pharmaceutical, and service management firms, including CSX Corp., Sea-Land Service, Aramark, and SmithKline Beecham.

Holmes is president-elect of the Nashville Opera Association. He is a member of the board of directors of Abe’s Garden, a Nashville-based organization that provides support for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. He also serves on the board of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit group that works to further the academic and social development of young Black males.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Allen University, where he majored in mathematics. He did graduate studies in mathematics at Illinois State University. He and his wife, Deborah Smith-Holmes, have one son, Anthony.

The Graham executive residencies are a program of the Babson Center for Global Commerce and are made possible by a gift from Diane and the late Henry H. Graham, Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida.