J. Blacklock Wills, Jr.

Chairman and CEO, The Wills Group

J. Blacklock (“Lock”) Wills, Jr. was elected to The Wills Group Board of Directors in 1985. Mr. Wills became the President of The Wills Group in 1988. He was appointed CEO in 1993 and Board Chairman in 1998. Prior to that, he held the positions of Vice President of Marketing, Motor Fuels Department Manager and Area Manager.


Melvin L. Strine

Executive Vice President, Retail Marketing, The Wills Group; President, SMO, Inc.; President, Dash In Food Stores, Inc.

Mel Strine was elected to The Wills Group Board of Directors in January 2006. Mr. Strine joined The Wills Group in January 2000 as the Executive Vice President of Retail Marketing and serves as the President and C.E.O. of SMO, Inc., Dash In Food Stores, Inc. and Potomac Energy Holdings, LLC (PEH). 

Melon Yeshoalul

Vice President, Human Resources, The Wills Group, Inc.

Since joining the Wills Group in 2015, Melon Yeshoalul serves as the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Yeshoalul previously served as the Director of Human Resources for The Boeing Company. During her 17 year career, Ms. Yeshoalul has served in various HR leadership roles focused on Talent Management, Recruiting, HR Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard and Poor’s, Andersen Consulting, and the United Nations. 

John D. Combs

Vice President, Heating Fuels Marketing, The Wills Group, Inc.: President, Southern Maryland Oil, Inc.

John Combs is the Vice President of Heating Fuels Marketing for The Wills Group, Inc. In that capacity, he serves as President of Southern Maryland Oil, Inc. Mr. Combs started with the company in 1978 as a Heating Oil Representative. He has served as a Motor Fuels Area Manager and President of Dash In Food Stores, Inc. Mr. Combs is a Past Director of the Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association and the MS Society. 

Kenneth J. Halperin

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, CFO, The Wills Group, Inc.

Kenneth Halperin is the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration of The Wills Group, Inc., and serves as Chief Financial Officer for the company. Mr. Halperin comes to The Wills Group from Duff & Phelps, a global publicly traded consulting firm, where he served as Managing Director in the Corporate Finance practice.