“Dealers Serving Dealers”, is at the core of everything we do at Center Independent Energy. Doug Friend grew up working at his family’s service bay station in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. This facility has been operated by his family for over 80 years. In 1992 Doug purchased his first location, a Sunoco Ultra Service Center in Aliquippa, PA. Around 1994 Doug became active in the Pittsburgh based dealers association, PRARA, and served as their president for many years.
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Christian Stein has also been a multi-site dealer and has served as a PRARA board member. His background has been used to help our dealers with financing, profit center development, marketing, and construction. Christian and Doug introduced Shell to Pittsburgh motorists and dealers in 2004. In 2011 CIE acquired the retail assets of Center Independent Oil Company based in Fayette County, PA. Since 2012 CIE has also been able to offer the Marathon brand to their customers. CIE’s growth of the Marathon brand has been exceptional for both their dealers, Marathon and CIE. In August 2015, CIE added a third branding option for area dealers, Sunoco.