McGathey most recently worked as the executive vice president and COO at Ferrellgas. In that position, he was responsible for all retail propane operations, the company’s Blue Rhino distribution and Ferrell North America.
Prior to working at Ferrellgas, McGathey served as the west division president at Inergy Propane and as a partner and COO for Liberty Propane. He led Liberty’s 38 retail operations in 11 states and played a key role in business development, growing the company from a small startup into the ninth-largest propane company in the industry in less than six years.
During a brief absence from the propane industry, McGathey worked with security giant ADT, a Tyco International company. As general manager, McGathey was recognized and awarded several times for the successful turnaround of its Midwest operations.