Describe your current role in your business.
I am one of the leaders of our business under our “Go Green with Suburban Propane” corporate pillar. In addition to championing the low carbon and clean air benefits of traditional propane, I am responsible for supporting our long-term strategic growth and diversification initiatives through the identification, analysis and execution of acquisitions. technologies, strategic partnerships and investments in renewable energy opportunities.
Since the 2020 investment in Oberon Fuels, a producer of renewable dimethyl ether, we have been actively exploring opportunities for future investments in renewable energy businesses and technologies.
What’s one of the hardest decisions you’ve made in your current role?
I don’t know if there is a single decision that I can identify. I spend a lot of time exploring new and emerging renewable energy technologies, and in this role, I get to know startup founders and key investors well. If we determine that a technology is not suitable for us, it is always difficult to let these people know that we will not go ahead with them.
I try to make it clear why it’s not a good choice for Suburban Propane and I try to give introductions to people who might be more interested in this technology, but it’s always hard to let people know that we we will not go ahead with them.
What’s your favorite part of the work day?
An opportunity to work with smart, passionate people who are dedicated to making Suburban Propane the best possible company for our customers, our employees and the communities we serve. I am energized by my friends and colleagues, and their commitment to delivering the best possible outcome to our clients and unitholders motivates me to do the same.
Name some of your greatest personal or professional achievements.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to do interesting things in my personal and professional life, and my greatest achievement has been my ability to merge my personal and professional passions.
The unifying theme throughout my personal and professional life has been to work to secure a better future through a focused commitment to environmental and social improvements.
What is the most important core value a company can have?
Integrity and commitment to service. Businesses are becoming increasingly influential in our world and knowing that the people who make up a business are honest and driven by a desire to do the right thing is essential for the long term success of the business.
An equally important value is the commitment to serve the company’s customers, its employees, the communities where it operates and its investors. At Suburban Propane, these values are reflected in our other two corporate pillars: Suburban Commitment and SuburbanCares.
Which phone app do you use the most?
Like most people, I think my messaging and texting apps are the most used on my phone. A close second is my podcast app. I listen to a lot of podcasts; I currently subscribe to over 300. I particularly like The Wall Street Journal’s “The Future of Everything”, The New York Times’ “The Daily”, Planet Money’s “The Indicator”, “Freakonomics”, “Revisionist History”, and BBC World Service’s “The Inquiry”.
How would you spend an unexpected day off?
It depends on the time of year. In the winter, I was skiing. In the summer I would probably relax by the pool.