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Rustam Ramji

Managing Member and CEO  |  770-392-1662 x101  |

After moving to Atlanta from Vancouver in 1981, Rustam Ramji began his career in the franchise industry by purchasing his first Blimpie in 1986. Over the next 5 years, Mr. Ramji developed 15 Blimpies, including several in prominent locations throughout Atlanta. Mr. Ramji served on the franchise committee for advertising for Blimpie before transitioning to the retail gasoline station market in 1991.

During the next 12 years, Mr. Ramji bought and sold over 50 gasoline stations and served on the Chevron dealer council. When serving a three year term as a community leader between 1993 and 1996, he was a founding member of Atlanta Retailers Association in 1995, a community-based association of convenience stores in Georgia, which has grown to include over 1,100 convenience stores as members and for which NLP is the preferred fuel supply vendor.

In 2003, as a result of the growth of Mr. Ramji’s retail gas station companies, NLP became a Chevron marketer and has since added Texaco, Citgo, Exxon, Mobil, Shell and Valero as brands and currently supplies over 150 stations. NLP also has an internal construction company that focuses on building state of the art, ground-up stations and has developed 25-30 of these sites over its history. Altogether, Mr. Ramji has developed approximately 125 gasoline stations over his 25 year career in the industry, including his time as a retail location owner and with NLP.

Mr. Ramji has been extremely active in other portions of the real estate industry, including investments in office buildings, residential complexes, day care centers and townhomes. Furthermore, he has formed a separate credit and finance company to fill in gaps while buying and selling gasoline stations and to help NLP’s customers and dealers with restructuring traditional debt, which is still active today.

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Salmaan Ajani

Vice President, Business Development  |  770-392-1662 x104  |

A 25-year veteran of the petroleum industry, Salmaan Ajani moved to Atlanta in the 1990s to own and operate his first convenience store. After this experience, he ventured into the real estate industry specializing in building state of the art shopping centers and convenience stores.

Mr. Ajani started working with Next Level Petroleum in 2009 and focuses on new business development through sales of gas supply contracts and identifying marketing and branding opportunities for c-stores. Mr. Ajani oversees strategic initiatives to successfully level the core competencies of Next Level Petroleum, including building state of the art c-stores with retail shopping and fast food franchises spaces. Goals include identifying neighborhoods with a need for a c-store and retail location which will provide economic opportunities for not only other businesses but also the community as a whole.

As a resident of Gwinnett County for almost 16 years, Mr. Ajani was affiliated with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Presidential Advisory Board and as a member of the Chairman’s club and was recognized in the first edition of the “Who’s Who in Gwinnett.” He served on the 2005 Small Business Person of the Year Selection Committee, a prominent event hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber to give back to the small businesses that help make the county a vibrant community. Mr. Ajani is an alumnus of the Gwinnett Leadership Class of 2006 and is a former Vice President of the Atlanta Retailers Association.

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Aleem Ramji

Vice President and General Counsel  |  770-392-1662 x105  |

Aleem Ramji is NLP’s internal general counsel managing its day-to-day and extraordinary legal needs, in addition to managing substantial operational portions of NLP’s business.

Mr. Ramji was born and raised in Atlanta, graduating from The Westminster Schools in 2003. After that, he earned a degree from Duke University in Political Science and History in 2007 and earned a JD from Columbia University in 2010.

Upon his return to Atlanta in 2011, Mr. Ramji was a corporate associate in the private equity and venture capital group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Buckhead for three years. During this time, he managed and helped close numerous large-scale M&A transactions with REITs, private equity firms, venture capital firms and public companies ranging from $10M to $7 billion in value. He also worked with growing and start-up companies across their various business needs, including debt financing, outside capital and investment, customer and supplier negotiations and management team strategy and brings that expertise to NLP’s team.

Mr. Ramji is active in the community and is a member of the leadership team for UNICEF NextGen, which is a diverse group of young professionals committed to UNICEF’s broader cause on behalf of children around the world.

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Imran Ramji

Vice President, Branding and Compliance  |  770-392-1662 x102  |

Imran Ramji was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools in 2005. Mr. Ramji went on to earn a degree in Economics with a minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.

After college, Mr. Ramji spent a year in the financial services industry, joining NLP in 2010 to head the compliance division. Since that time, he has also become the director of the branding division. As NLP’s director of branding and compliance, Mr. Ramji manages the conversion and onboarding of any new site to NLP’s portfolio, in addition to ensuring that each site maintains the highest possible imaging standards once that site is branded and supplied by NLP.

Over his career at NLP, Mr. Ramji has also become the co-director of the construction and consignment divisions of NLP, both of which are important growth drivers for NLP’s volume and portfolio.

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Hussein Jiwani

Branding and Compliance  |  770-392-1662 x107  |

Hussein Jiwani joined Next Level Petroleum in 2015 in the branding and compliance department. Mr. Jiwani is also a realtor at Coldwell Banker, where he has acquired over 20 years experience in sales for both residential and commercial properties. His advisory approach offers clients strategic guidance with a heavy focus on customer satisfaction.

Previously, Mr. Jiwani had experience in the gas station industry as an owner-operator. He moved to Atlanta in 1987 from Vancouver, Canada and currently resides in Buckhead.

Mr. Jiwani holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. He is fluent in English, several Asian-Indian languages, and conversational French. He is an active member of the Ismaili Community and currently serves in their organizations.

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Amaan Panjwani

Branding and Compliance  |  770-392-1662 x114  |

Amaan Panjwani joined Next Level Petroleum in 2016 in the branding and compliance department. Mr. Panjwani’s primary job responsibilities include imaging and branding new sites according to the relevant oil company standards and helping customers maintain those standards to assist in the growth and business of the stations that NLP supplies.

Mr. Panjwani grew up in Atlanta and attended Georgia State University. Prior to joining NLP, Mr. Panjwani worked for a wholesale distribution company, which focused on supplying gas stations and convenience stores in the Atlanta area. Mr. Panjwani also has experience in the banking industry, where many customers owned and operated gas stations. Due to this work history, Mr. Panjwani has an intimate knowledge of the gas station industry.

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Faisel Karmali

Branding and Compliance  |  770-392-1662 x113  |

Faisel Karmali joined Next Level Petroleum in 2016 and works in multiple departments. Mr. Karmali’s primary job responsibilities include helping existing NLP customers maintain image and branding standards, along with assisting in the operations of NLP’s consignment division.

Mr. Karmali recently relocated to Atlanta from Toronto, previously lived in Kenya and New York and speaks over five languages. Mr. Karmali is enthusiastic about customer service and looks to assist NLP’s customers in any way possible.

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