Willis E. “Wink” Hartman was born and raised in Wichita, Kan. As a young boy at 14, he worked in the Kansas oil fields with his dad only to go on and eventually run his family’s oil company – Hartman Oil.
Hartman Oil was founded in 1920 by his grandfather, W.L. Hartman. Under Wink’s leadership, the company has increased yearly production of between 300% to 400% through acquisition and drilling.
In addition to his professional successes, Hartman has served on the boards of the Kansas Humane Society, Larksfield Place, and on the Wichita Sports Commission. He is also a lifetime member of the NRA and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Hartman was named the 2008 “Businessman of the Year” by the Wichita Business Journal.
In 2009 he was elected into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at Butler Community College. Hartman Oil was one of five finalists out of some eighty contestants in the 2010 Wichita Chamber Small Business Award Event.
Hartman is no stranger to the sports world, having had interests in indoor football, indoor soccer and now IndyCar racing. Hartman joined what was then Sarah Fisher Racing prior to the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
He remained a partner of the team through December 2011, when it was announced he would be a co-owner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Hartman retains his leadership role within the newly formed CFH Racing.
Hartman and his wife Elizabeth K. “Libba” Hartman reside on their ranch southeast of Wichita with nearly 200 animals, including camels, llamas, longhorn steers, buffalo, miniature donkeys, horses, and three family dogs.
The Hartman’s have five grown children, six grandsons and one granddaughter.