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Business Development

Tauber Oil Company’s Business Development group explores strategic opportunities to serve new and existing clients requiring petroleum-based products and logistics services.

The Business Development group explores opportunities to provide products and services in markets or regions where Tauber Oil is both active and where the team could add value into new areas or regions of the petroleum industry.  Historically, Tauber Oil Company has considered many opportunities which have resulted in partnerships, joint ventures, and acquisition arrangements. Our strategy is to develop an overall enterprise in which both parties have a stake in the benefits, as well as the risks, from a mutually shared vision. We look for business models which will afford sustained and consistent returns on capital employed. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with like-minded business partners in order to develop and grow new operations or projects while providing first class service to new and existing customers.

The Business Development Group also seeks to make strategic investments in wholesale commodity marketing, transportation & logistics businesses. Additionally, we explore investments in energy-related infrastructure that are accretive to Tauber Oil’s existing operations.

Company Criteria

We principally target companies that are:

  • Small – Mid Sized (approximately $1 – $10 million in EBITDA)
  • Private
  • Commodity marketing/logistics related
  • Niche-focused
  • Competitively advantaged
  • Growing
  • Founder or family-owned and
  • Located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama

We principally target companies that have:

  • Attractive financial characteristics
  • The potential to dominate their niche
  • Excellent management (or the capacity to attract excellent management)
  • A need for capital and
  • An interest in working with a helpful, active partner

Click on a team member below to view their biography and contact information.

Lory T. Whitley

Lory T. Whitley


Lory T. Whitley joined Tauber Oil Company in September 1999 as a Transportation Manager for Tauber Petrochemical Co. She spent 6 years gaining valuable knowledge of the petrochemical industry and focusing on transportation methods; namely trucking, railcars, and inventory management. In 2005 Lory moved to the Residual Fuels business unit, gaining knowledge of the Carbon Black and Residual Fuel industries. She is responsible for developing the transportation safety department for Tauber Oil Company. In 2011, Lory took advantage of opportunities at GATX Rail and GeoMetrix, leasing tank and freight cars and selling railcar tracking software, respectively. She then returned to Tauber Oil Company in 2014 as a Manager of Business Development, then, promoted to Vice President of Tauber Oil Company in January 2015.

Lory is a Board Director for the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers (SWARS), a member of the Houston Transportation Professionals Association (HTPA), and a volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital with His Grace Foundation.

Lory graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics and Public Policy.

Jonathan C. Tauber

Jonathan C. Tauber


Jonathan Tauber joined Tauber Oil Company in May 2009, and currently serves as Vice President of Business Development.   His primary focus is the acquisition of assets strategic to Tauber Oil Company’s businesses.  He has also been active in the natural gas business unit as a scheduler and gas marketer.

Prior to his tenure at Tauber Oil Company, Jonathan worked as a land manager for Crew Land Research in Fort Worth, TX, leasing acreage for Chesapeake Energy.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Jones School of Business at Rice University.