CountryMark Announces Ada Cuadrado as VP of Operations

Dec 04 2023

INDIANAPOLIS, December 4, 2023 – CountryMark recently named Ada Cuadrado as vice president of operations leading the company’s refining, project management, regulatory and safety organizations.

“The next several years are pivotal to the success of CountryMark as we have an ambitious long-range plan that requires focused engagement from all employees,” said Matt Smorch, CountryMark president and chief executive officer. “With Ada joining the organization, new organizational assignments have been made for the CountryMark Executive Leadership Team that will help align work processes, support our key initiatives, and assist in developing future leaders.”

Cuadrado comes to CountryMark with 30 years of industry experience. Her successful educational background as a chemical engineer provided her with opportunities to begin her career as a process engineer at Sunoco and Citgo facilities. As she progressed, her ability to understand, communicate and facilitate technical capabilities with operational excellence led her to technical and operational leadership roles at both Sunoco and Shell. Most recently, Cuadrado served as the operations director for Celanese Chemicals in Clear Lake, Texas. In this position, she led a multi-disciplined organization at Celanese’s largest global site.

“Ada’s technical background, leadership experience and personal values are a great fit for CountryMark and I am looking forward to her joining our Executive Leadership Team,” Smorch added.

Cuadrado replaces Kim Smock on CountryMark’s Executive Leadership Team. Smock announced her retirement for January of 2024.

“Over the past four years under Kim’s guidance, the Refining organization has continued to make significant improvements in safety, reliability and operational excellence,” said Smorch. “Her leadership has positioned CountryMark for success and her focus on reliable service, process improvement and innovation exemplify CountryMark values.”

CountryMark is an American-owned oil exploration, production, refining, and marketing company headquartered in Indianapolis. The company owns and operates an oil refinery in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, which brings to the market 450 million gallons of finished fuel products per year. Fuels are distributed via four company-owned fuel terminals as well as from positions at five additional fuel terminals. The oil production division of the company produces 1,100 barrels of crude oil per year. CountryMark supplies farms, commercial accounts and more than 125 retail fueling stations throughout the Midwest via a network of member owners and branded dealers. The company also markets $25 million worth of proprietary lubricants and energy equipment. For more information, visit


For more information, contact CountryMark Brand Strategist Katie Thevenow at or at 317.238.8211.

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