Krist Oil Regional Retail Supervisor, First Sergeant Wesley (Wes) Amerson graduates from Sergeants Major Academy.

Friday, March 31st our Regional Retail Supervisor, Wes Amerson graduated from Sergeant Major Academy. The Sergeants Major Academy prepares Master Sergeants and Sergeants Major to elevate from a tactical level of thinking to an operations and strategic perspective thus preparing them for leadership positions in organizations executing unified land operations.

During Wes’s two years of schooling, he worked for Krist Oil full-time, led worship at his church, assisted with youth events, and ensured quality time was spent with his wife and two boys. The completion of this course makes Wes eligible for a Sergeant Major position, the highest rank he can achieve as a non-commissioned officer. Wes has served in the army for 20 years, completing two combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with many non-combat deployments including Hurricane Katrina relief, Latia, Egypt, and Poland.

“We are all extremely proud of Wes Amerson and his accomplishments,” says Krist Oil’s President, Krist Atanasoff. Wes leads by example of what hard work, sacrifice, and dedication look like. We are very fortunate to have Wes as part of the Krist family and are thankful for his service to our Country.”

Krist Oil is an Upper Peninsula Michigan family-owned and operated company that has been around since 1917. They were awarded the Bronze-Level Veteran Friendly Employer award in 2021 granted by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency and signed the statement of support on November 11th, 2021. By signing the Statement of Support, Krist Oil is pledging to recognize and honor federal laws governing the employer-service member relationship. Krist Oil values the skills Reserve-Component members bring to the workplace and support them in times of peace, crisis, and war.

“​​I have been working with Krist Oil Company since 2019,” says, Wes Amerson, “within those four years, this family-owned business has been instrumental and accommodating as an actively serving Michigan Army National Guard member. The Atanasoffs and management throughout the organization go to great lengths to assist and support current service members and veterans. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this great organization.”


Krist Oil is a Michigan family-owned and operated company since 1917. They have 78 plus convenience store locations across Michigan, Northern Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Krist Oil also operates several propane plants in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin supplying propane and fuel oil to area homes. Krist Oil is a Bronze-Level Veteran Friendly employer, they are committed to hiring veterans and active military.