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Jack Cardwell honored for 60 years in business

October 20, 2021
Jack Cardwell honored for 60 years in business

Congratulations to Jack Cardwell, who was honored Tuesday by family and friends with a presentation and luncheon in the El Paso Community Foundation Room.

The occasion was his 60th year as a Chevron marketer. Jack, who has been in the fuel business for 68 years, started as a service station owner with Jack’s Super Service on Paisano, which led to the Chevron-built El Paso Truck Terminal, and later a chain of innovative Petro Shopping Center truck stops that fueled Jack’s reputation for delivering high-quality customer service. Its customer-friendly innovations included the installation of showers for truckers, improved dining options and a large general store geared to truckers’ needs. Petro grew to a total of 69 centers in 33 states (he owned 44 of them and franchised the others). His C&R Distributing has provided petroleum products to customers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico for 60 years.

Jack sold the Petro chain in 2007 and established the Cardwell Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the El Paso Community Foundation, to do good works in the community he loves.

“From the El Paso Truck Terminal back in the 1960s to C&R Distributing today, you have always done a great job of representing Chevron in a positive manner and we are truly grateful for that,” Chevron Products Company executive Roy Lawson wrote in a letter read by C&R’s Keith Kirkpatrick. “Your dedication to our industry and the community are admirable and you were ahead of your time with the vision of how a modern truck stop should look and operate.”

On hand to honor Jack were son Jim Cardwell and wife, Julie; daughter Tina Hatch; daughter Cindi Andrews; and grandson Trey Cardwell. Among his friends and business associates who attended were Paul Foster, Steve Lauterbach, Bill Burton and Leonard “Tripper” Goodman.

Pictured from left: Julie and Jim Cardwell, Cindi Andrews, Jack Cardwell and Tina Hatch.

Photo by Brian Kanof