Mr. Garrison is a resident of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a CPA registered in Texas. He is a past President of the American Business Council in Dubai and is a trustee of the American School of Dubai.
After graduation from OU Mr. Garrison began his career in 1975 in the Oklahoma City office of the public accounting firm of Arthur Young and Company (now Ernst & Young) before eventually becoming the Director of Tax in its Hong Kong office.
In 1987 he joined Caltex (a Chevron-Texaco joint venture company) in its Irving, Texas office before being posted to Caltex’s Dubai office in 1994. After serving in various regional positions he was appointed Managing Director - Gulf Region responsible for all aspects of Caltex downstream and marketing activities in the Middle East.
In 2001 he founded Downstream Developments Inc. in Dubai and consults on and develops ventures for transportation and logistics, oil and gas infrastructure projects, and petroleum product marketing. Recently he has worked with the Falcon Group of Dubai, a FEDEX subcontractor in the Middle East and North Africa, as its Managing Director - Ground, where he ran operations for land express cargo and logistics services. He is presently working with Specialist Group Dubai as its executive officer in charge of operations for its British Military contracts providing logistics, bulk fuels transportation, and waste management services in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East region.
The company’s Chairman & CEO, Richard L. McAdoo, said of the appointment, "We are very pleased to have Phil Garrison on our board. His international oil business experience and broad base of business relationships gives Continental a strategic competitive advantage in sourcing, new projects, alliances, and financing opportunities in the oil and gas savvy Middle East region".
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