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You need to want to go that extra mile: From Vision to Action with Gary Hubbard

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In this episode

Explore leadership with Gary Hubbard, Senior VP at The Biofuel Company in Saudi Arabia, on the Leadership Blueprint podcast. Discover his journey from supply chain logistics to driving zero biofuels production, and his commitment to sustainability.

Learn about the founding story of the Biofuels company, now a major producer of European compliance net biofuels in the GCC. Gary’s transformational shift about five to six years ago prompting him to integrate cleaner and greener practices into his supply chain expertise.

Gain valuable insights into the challenges of consumer habits regarding fossil fuel consumption and the environmental impact of global supply chains. Gary discusses the importance of reducing carbon footprints, streamlining operations, and introducing eco-friendly elements into logistics to create cost-effective, speedy, reliable, and environmentally sustainable practices. Discover how these principles align seamlessly to drive positive change in the industry and contribute to a more sustainable future

Sound bites

▶️ “You need to want to go that extra mile”

▶️ “The outcome at the end of the day should be cost-effective, fast, reliable, and also environmentally friendly”

▶️ “Family is a cornerstone of support, growth, and lasting connections in our lives”

Advice for future leaders

▶️ Understand the Business Context: Gary advises future leaders to always strive to understand the business, industry, sector, or discipline they are in. He emphasizes the importance of looking beyond the immediate tasks to see how one’s work fits into the larger organizational goals. This includes doing research on the organization and the people they meet, which is critical for fitting into and contributing to the larger picture.

▶️ Be Passionate: Passion, according to Gary, is not something that can be taught; it must come from within. He encourages future leaders to throw everything they have into their work if they find something enjoyable or fulfilling. Being the first to raise a hand or share knowledge about one’s field demonstrates this passion and can inspire others.

▶️ Drive Positive Behaviors and Attitudes: Lastly, Gary highlights the importance of fostering positive attitudes and behaviors within the workplace. He suggests that driving the right behaviors will lead to better business outcomes. Leaders should encourage an environment where teamwork, positive attitudes, and mutual support are prioritized to achieve collective goals.

About Gary

Gary Hubbard is the Senior Vice President (SVP) at The Biofuel Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. He oversees all Commercial & Operational matters. TBFCo, established in 2022, is now the largest producer of European-compliant net zero biofuel in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

With a career spanning since 2000 across the Middle East, Gary focuses on providing high-quality net zero fuel to industries within Saudi Arabia to support Saudi Vision 2030. He led the first maritime bunkering of biofuel in the UAE in 2020 and has been actively involved in biofuel bunkering operations in the region. Specializing in environmental supply chain optimization and strategic planning, Gary works towards reducing client costs and enhancing sustainable business operations. His international experience includes senior leadership roles in companies across the Middle East, North and South America, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Europe.

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