Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR), an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products, announced today that ExecRank has named Benjamin Cowart, Chairman and CEO of Vertex, to its list of Top Micro-Cap CEOs Driving Shareholder Value. Mr. Cowart placed 28 out of 150 selected executives.

Mr. Cowart said, “This is quite an honor, and I am very grateful to ExecRank for the award. Of course, a CEO cannot succeed without a talented and experienced staff. I am privileged to have an abundance of amazing people on my team at Vertex, and I share this award with them.”

He added, “We are well-positioned to capitalize on the long-term changes that have been taking place in our industry. Among the key investment steps we have undertaken as part of our business strategy are the Omega acquisition and the proposed Heartland transaction, as well as some necessary investments to improve long-term efficiencies. We believe that we are now in a position for solid growth momentum through the rest of the year, into 2015 and beyond.”

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Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) is a leading environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. Its primary focus is recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-product streams. Vertex purchases these streams from an established network of local and regional collectors and generators. Vertex also manages the transport, storage and delivery of the aggregated feedstock and product streams to end users, and manages the re-refining of a portion of its aggregated petroleum streams in order to sell them as higher-value end products. Vertex sells its aggregated petroleum streams as feedstock to other re-refineries and fuel blenders or as replacement fuel for use in industrial burners. The re-refining of used motor oil that Vertex manages takes place at its facility, which uses a proprietary Thermal Chemical Extraction Process (“TCEP”) technology. Based in Houston, Texas, Vertex also has offices in Georgia, Chicago, and California. More information on Vertex can be found at

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Investor Relations Contact
Vertex Energy, Inc.
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Senior VP – Investor Relations