Bill Holtzman, President and Owner of Holtzman Corporation.
A native of Mount Jackson, VA, Bill Holtzman initially began his career in agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In 1972 while working full time in the apple industry, he purchased a small, local Gulf fuel business for $37,000, and worked tirelessly in the evenings and on weekends to launch his new business, Holtzman Oil Corp. Today, Holtzman Oil Corp. distributes petroleum fuels under the Exxon, Mobil, Shell, Liberty and Pure brand names in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia and is one of the largest employers in Shenandoah County, Virginia. In addition, Holtzman Oil Corp. distributes bulk and package lubricants and operates Holtzman Equipment and Construction.
Several additional companies have been started. In 1991, Little Apple Corp. opened the first Burger King restaurant and in 1996 Little Apple II Corp. opened the first Denny’s restaurant. In 1997, Holtzman Propane, LLC started operations followed by Valley Ice, LLC in 2005. Holtzman Oil Corp. is also a part owner of a Liberty Petroleum, LLC which markets the Liberty brand of petroleum products throughout the country.
Bill Holtzman was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and the Shenandoah University Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of business Entrepreneur of the Year 2005. In February 2013, Bill was awarded the Virginia General Assembly’s “Outstanding Virginian” award for 2012 for “his prominent role in the economic growth and vitality of Shenandoah County while faithfully serving its residents”.