The Charles “Vic” Kline Award is presented annually to a member of the Section’s Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Section. This year’s well-deserving recipient is Independent Director and Colorado PGA REACH Chairman Spencer Zinn.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” begins Zinn. “I am proud to serve on the Board as an Independent Director and pleased to be able to assist in promoting the welfare of the Colorado Section and its members. The Colorado Section has so much to be proud of, as the recent 2018 Herb Graffis Award suggests, and there is so much we can do as a Section to build on our current successes.”
When asked about his involvement with Colorado PGA REACH, Zinn admitted, “Colorado PGA REACH is near and dear to my heart. We have an absolutely amazing group of Trustees supporting the goals and initiatives of the Foundation and I feel honored to serve with them. I anticipate we will be able to successfully further leverage the outstanding knowledge and experience of our Trustees and the network they bring to the Foundation.”
Zinn is an energy executive with nearly 30 years in oil marketing, oil refining and midstream operations and is among the foremost experts in North American oil markets. He is an expert in oil and products hedging and has a long history in utilizing oil futures and options. Throughout his career, Zinn has demonstrated a long record of successful leadership.
Zinn is the Chief Commercial Officer and a co-founder of West Edge, a company formed in 2017 that is primarily engaged in midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. Prior to founding West Edge, he was employed as Executive Vice President of Crude Oil Purchasing and Trading with Wyoming Refining Company. Zinn worked to help the company expand its capacity by 30 percent while adding and upgrading the requisite pipeline and logistics assets. Prior to this, he served as a Crude Oil Trader for Ashland Oil in Houston, Texas. In his years of crude oil trading and supply, his expertise has been uniquely and broadly developed and extends through both the physical and financial crude oil trading markets, including extensive knowledge of physical supply and transportation logistics in North America.
Philanthropy and community participation have always been important in Zinn’s life. He has served on a number of volunteer boards and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Colorado PGA Reach where he has spearheaded the expansion of Trustees. Since 2015, he has been a Board Member of the Colorado Section of the PGA and recently completed his service as a member of the Board of Directors at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“I am at a point in my life where it is my desire to utilize some of my strengths to help make a positive difference,” concludes Zinn. “With Colorado PGA REACH, so much good can be done. We’ve all seen the positive results that golf can bring to people across our society – young and old, male and female, and of all sorts of diverse backgrounds. Golf has been such an immensely positive influence on my own life. It is my hope that we can all help influence others in such a positive way, and I know of no better vehicle for using golf to catalyze that kind of influence than Colorado PGA REACH.”
Zinn earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado. A longtime resident of Colorado, he is an avid golfer and skier among other hobbies. He enjoys the Colorado lifestyle with his wife Sheila and two boys