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Bernita McCann Hightower
President & CEO, Next Generation Fuel

Bernita McCann Hightower is the President & CEO of Next Generation Fuel, which is a wholesale distributor of petroleum-refined products and alternative fuels throughout United States and South Africa. As President & CEO, she has secured international partnerships with Fortune 100/500 corporations. In 2016 Next Generation Fuel was recognized by MBDA as the Top Female and Minority owned Energy Firm and in 2018 recognized by Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council as the Emerging Company of the Year!

Bernita has completed various executive leadership programs: Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, Procter and Gamble Business Development Program, Shell Oil & Gas Energy Executive Program, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.

From humble beginnings in Mississippi and a craving for success, Bernita followed her passion and desire as an entrepreneur. Raised with the value of “hard work” as the universal language, Bernita embarked on a journey beyond her imagination.  After exploring various industries of interest such as Real Estate and Theater production investments, Bernita became interested in the Energy Industry. She became a Business Developer and quickly earned her way to ownership.

Bernita is passionate about fueling energy for the next generation of women and creating opportunities to develop their skills in the industry. She continues to drive the vision necessary to successfully impact our leaders of tomorrow by sharpening their social skills and inspiring innovation through business development.

Bernita is married to Steve Hightower, Founder & President of Hightowers Petroleum and is a member of National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), International Black Women Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) Odyssey Media and Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). In her spare time, she mentors young women, enjoys cooking and traveling.