What is it like to work for the largest fuel supplier in Brevard County? Owners and founders Mike Shah and his wife, Rashmi built their success, starting with just one gas station in 1980, and grew the business into what it is today. Part of that success includes their dedication to upholding values of family, community and integrity. These values are passed on to their team of employees that they often refer to as ‘part of the family’. Over forty years later, Southeast Petro is now one of the largest fuel wholesalers in the Southeast, supplying fuel to over 400 independently owned gas stations and employing over 200 people.

Summit Shah, Mike’s son, was asked if he would serve on our board by Bob Barnes the founder of TCHP. He said he would love to but he was already serving on too many boards. Bob asked him to come visit The Children’s Hunger Project facility, and that if he still felt he didn’t have time to help after that Bob would “let him off the hook”.  After one visit and with the insight he gained, he realized it touched his heart and he had to dedicate time to working with to TCHP, as he couldn’t imagine kids going hungry on the weekends. He joined the board immediately, and the rest is history.

Mike Shah says, “The community has given me so much and I can never give back enough. Kids are the future of Brevard. All kids deserve to get the same opportunity, especially when it come to food.”

Southeast Petro Distributors Inc. partnered with Shell Oil Company on “The Giving Pump” in August and September, an initiative focused on driving positive change in local communities by giving back, and it benefited TCHP’s kids.

“The Children’s Hunger Project is near to our hearts here at Southeast Petro,” Summit said. “I am honored to be able to have an integral part in such a well-known organization that does so much for the children of Brevard County. Keeping our children safe and well-nourished is paramount to the success of our future generation of decision makers.”