J.B. “Brad” Lanier II’s passion was flying. Starting at an early age, Lanier completed his first solo flight at the age of 12. With nearly a decade of flight experience, 21 year old Lanier was one of the youngest fighter pilot instructors in United States Air Force history. Following a storied aeronautical service, Brad yearned for more excitement. Being a father of five, Lanier dismissed the option to fly commercially and started Brad Lanier Oil Co., Inc. in April of 1965. New to the business, Brad hired BLOC’s first employee and loyal friend Hans D. Pomeroy. Through hard work and determination, Lanier and Pomeroy grew the business from one truck and two employees, to a player in the markets by the early 1970’s.
Following Lanier’s untimely death in 1988, Lanier Oil Company continued its success under the leadership of Mr. Pomeroy and Brad’s son J.B. “Jeff” Lanier III.
Today BLOC continues to lead the wholesale and retail industry with the “deep rooted” values Brad Lanier established in the very beginning.