Barkat "BC" Charania is the Chief Financial Officer and Chairman of the Board for American Fueling Systems. His invaluable contribution has directly led to the meteoric rise of AFS as a national leader in the alternative fueling industry. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Charania participates in strategic planning and operational decisions that guide our trajectory and growth models.
Mr. Charania has over fifty years of extensive experience in all aspects of international investments and business operations. During the last half century he has worked with some of the largest companies in the world. During his career, he has developed relationships and gained expertise in a multitude of business ventures. This experience provides him with tremendous insight that is being used to guide the future decisions of AFS. Many leaders of nationally recognized companies rely on Mr. BC for his perspective and knowledge of business operations in both the US and internationally. Through his in-depth knowledge of the global economy and its subtle yet important nuances, Mr. BC has led his investors to tremendous results in a competitive and fast-paced global economy.
Mr. Charania currently holds many designations including CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator), RPM (Registered Property Manager) and RIM (Registered Investment Member) and is a certified in both LNG and CNG through the Texas Railroad Commission.
Mr. Charania studied at UCLA and University of Pennsylvania. Mr. BC volunteers with the Aga Khan Foundation, which helps raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. He resides in Atlanta with his wife of 44 years, and his hobbies include reading, traveling, and serving his community.
Rahim Charania is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Fueling Systems. Mr. Charania has more than 20 years of business management experience with in-depth knowledge of business management, strategic planning, finance and sales. Mr. Charania has propelled AFS from a small start-up to a recognized leader in the alternative fuel industry. During his career he has created and sold businesses that are valued at over $120 million. His extensive knowledge of the fueling industry comes from his investments in a number of fueling stations along with his many advisory roles to fuel delivery servicers.
Before starting AFS, Mr. Charania was President of CGC Global, an investment group that advised on and participated in the acquisition, development, or sale of more than $12 million in fueling stations along with $100 million in other assets. Through his investments and business networks in the fuel sales industry, Mr. Charania recognized the need for cheaper and cleaner fuel in the transportation and energy sectors. With that in mind, he created American Fueling Systems.
In 2011 Mr. Charania was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle's Top 40 Executives under 40 and was honored in 2012 by Georgia State University with its Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He is a sought-after speaker on the subject of alternative fuels.
Mr. Charania received his bachelors of business administration and executive MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Mr. Charania lives in Atlanta with his wife, and their children. Mr. Charania serves on the Board of Advisors for the Robinson College of Business, and is Chairman of its Student Engagement Committee.
Elizabeth Crockett, Director of Operations for American Fueling Systems, is responsible for developing solutions to increase productivity and overall efficiency of operations. Ms. Crockett oversees day-to-day operations of AFS and its affiliates, leading the operational arm of AFS and its efforts in human resources, accounting, finance, sales, marketing, information technology, procurement and vendor and customer management. Ms. Crockett has transformed the operations department of AFS, leveraging communication and discipline to manage budgets, program administration and operations. She effectively supervises multi-million dollar accounts and has earned a reputation with our customers as the primary point of contact to execute on tasks. Along with her commitment to AFS’s operational progress, Ms. Crockett is also passionate about all aspects of the alternative fueling industry, and is dedicated to environmental sustainability as well as her charge to help AFS operate at an optimal level.
Ms. Crockett comes to AFS with over twenty years of business experience. She has led and developed programs for various Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneur endeavors. She has a professional background with experience in industries such as telecommunications, legal, and manufacturing. Her contributions within these industries have prepared her to successfully develop solutions for AFS and its customers. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Crockett has learned all sides of business operations enabling her to develop solutions to complex issues while fostering a team environment.
After receiving her BA from Wake Forest University, Ms. Crockett obtained her MBA from Mercer University. Ms. Crockett’s education and professional experience combined with a passion to improve global environmental issues makes her a valuable asset to AFS.