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Alan Kurzer is the founder and CEO of TFS Energy Solutions, LLC, d/b/a Tradition Energy and co-founder and President of TFS Energy, LLC, the institutional brokerage affiliate of Tradition Energy. Mr. Kurzer has over 30 years of energy industry experience in the global physical and derivative markets for crude oil, refined products, natural gas and electricity. Prior to merging the SDI Energy Group with Tradition to form TFS Energy, LLC, in 2000, he spent over 12 years running SDI’s predecessor, Gerald Energy and was CEO of Gerald Commodities, a futures clearing firm. Mr. Kurzer began his career with Caltex Petroleum (Chevron/Texaco) where he held a variety of supply and trading positions in New York, Singapore and Dallas. Mr. Kurzer holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Larry Rosenshein is the COO of TFS Americas and Chairman of TFS Energy, LLC. He began his career at Tradition Financial Services in 1987 and transferred to Japan in 1989 as Asian Head of FX Options. In 1998, he was appointed Director of TFS Asia, and in 2001 appointed COO of TFS-ICAP Volbroker, the leading liquidity provider in Global Foreign exchange options. In 2008, he also assumed the role of Global CTO for electronic trading platforms at Tradition. In August 2009, he was appointed Chairman of TFS Energy, LLC, and Managing Director of TFS Americas. He holds a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems from University of Delaware and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Michael Ayala manages our Dallas office and our expansion into the United Kingdom regional markets and is a member of our Management Committee. He is an experienced energy professional who advises a broad range of regional and national clients, both in the U.S. and in Europe. In addition to electricity and natural gas procurement, Mr. Ayala advises clients on demand response and energy data management services. Prior to joining Tradition in 2007, he managed large commercial and industrial clients at Direct Energy and Reliant Energy. Mr. Ayala holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Energy Consultant (CEC).
Marco Colangelo is the Director of Finance responsible for coordinating all accounting and finance related activities as part of both The Tradition group finance team and the Tradition Energy management team. Mr. Colangelo has over 17 years of corporate finance experience across various industries including manufacturing, distribution, and financial services. His background includes financial planning and analysis, controllership, and strategy. Mr. Colangelo holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. in Management from Sacred Heart University.
Keith Kelly manages the wholesale energy and environmental products business for TFS Energy, and advises Tradition Energy clients on risk management strategies. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy physical and derivatives markets assisting energy companies, utilities, financial institutions and trading firms. Mr. Kelly joined TFS in 1993 and has been heavily involved in the development of the U.S. wholesale deregulated electricity marketplace. He has also played an instrumental role at Capstone Energy, a joint-venture between TFS Energy and Harvard Management Corporation where he consulted with energy market participants on strategic issues and specific asset acquisitions. Prior to joining Tradition, he held various hedging and supply sourcing positions at a regional petroleum distributor. Mr. Kelly earned a BS from the University of Alabama majoring in Finance.
Justin Maccarone leads Tradition Energy’s corporate development activities. He has over 30 years of experience working at the Board or Executive Management level with businesses operating across a broad array of industries in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Tradition Energy, he was a Founder and Senior Partner of UBS Capital Americas, LLC, the private equity arm of UBS in the Americas and an executive at GE Capital Corporation. Mr. Maccarone holds a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Brian McDermott is responsible for managing our Pricing and Sourcing, Client Services, Account Management, Research, and System Development groups and is a member of our Management Committee. He has over 20 years’ experience in the wholesale and retail electricity and natural gas businesses. His experience includes monitoring regulation and legislation in energy markets across the U.S. and Canada, ensuring business compliance, tracking and analyzing pricing trends, and managing supplier relationships. Mr. McDermott began his career on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for Gerald Energy. He then brokered wholesale natural gas for institutional clients before becoming an integral part of Tradition Energy’s retail team. Mr. McDermott holds a B.A. from The State University of New York at Albany and is Series 3 licensed.
Scott Merrell is responsible for managing our marketing and sales support efforts and is a member of our Management Committee. He has over 30 years’ experience developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies for many of the world’s largest and most successful brands. Prior to joining Tradition in 2006, Mr. Merrell spent 14 years with McCann-Erickson and DMB&B, in New York, and as a creative director in Prague, Lima and Mexico City. He also served as the Marketing Communications Manager for the Oregon State Lottery. Mr. Merrell received a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Energy Professional (CEP).
Dan Montgomery is responsible for our Houston and Chicago offices and is a member of our Management Committee. He has been active in developing deregulated energy markets both in Texas and across the U.S. and has been an integral part of our business since Tradition Energy’s inception in 2006. Mr. Montgomery’s experience covers a broad range of regional and national commercial and industrial clients on energy procurement and management, including demand response and energy data management services. Prior to joining Tradition Energy, Mr. Montgomery worked for an energy efficiency lighting firm in California, as well as serving as a director of sales for a retail energy brokerage firm, in Texas. Mr. Montgomery holds a B.A. in Communications from Houston Baptist University. He is a Certified Energy Professional (CEP).
Ben Parker is responsible for our Boston and Stamford offices and is a member of our Management Committee. He has over 30 years of experience in power and gas markets advising clients on energy cost and risk analyses and risk management strategies. Mr. Parker has served as an independent energy consultant and regional manager for both Reliant Energy and Com/Energy. Mr. Parker has been elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature and served as a member of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, he has been an elected member of the Londonderry, NH School Board. Mr. Parker holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.).
Bob Wooten is responsible for our national account business throughout the U.S. He has over 25 years’ experience managing procurement programs. Prior to joining Tradition Energy in 2007, Mr. Wooten spent 11 years at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) where he managed the Energy Purchasing Corporation and coordinated energy and other procurement functions for hundreds of local governments throughout the U.S. He also worked for Johnson Controls where he was responsible for delivering energy efficiency solutions to the public housing market. Mr. Wooten holds professional certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers and the Institute for Supply Management, as well as a B.A. from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Houston.
Lauren Bauer Zinman is Tradition Energy’s General Counsel and has over 20 years of experience in commercial and contract law, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Ms. Zinman began her legal career as an associate in the corporate departments of Torys LLP and Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, and corporate governance as well as contract, employment and general corporate matters for both private and public companies. Prior to joining Tradition Energy, she served in several in-house roles, including as General Counsel of EDGAR Online, Inc., a publicly-traded financial reporting, data and services company. Ms. Zinman holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.