ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Petroleum Marketers Association of America has given its national 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Benny Hodges, president and CEO of Hodges Oil Company Inc. in Belen.
“It never dawned on me that I would be considered, much less receive such a prestigious award,” Hodges said in a statement. “It still seems surreal to me to be placed into the same category as the previous recipients.”
Hodges Oil Company is a third-generation owned petroleum business that specializes in wholesale fuel deliveries. It began in 1923 when Benny’s maternal grandfather Frank Trainer began as a commissioned agent for Continental Oil, officials said in a news release.
Benney’s dad, also Benny Hodges, took over the business and ran it until his passing in 1969. At that point, his son Benny took over to “keep it going.” In 1978 he incorporated the business into Hodges Oil Company.