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The Credit Department at Tauber Oil Company manages the financial aspects of all transactions. Our team is knowledgeable and energetic, with the resources and experience to respond quickly to your needs.

We maintain long-standing relationships with several major banks, and actively interface with your financial contacts for optimal speed and efficiency. When necessary, our banks can provide Letters of Credit within a few hours. This rapid responsiveness can often be the deciding factor in whether or not transactions can be completed in today’s fast-paced market.

The Legal Department manages the legal matters for Tauber Oil Company, its subsidiaries, and Tauber Exploration & Production Co. These activities include contract negotiation and review, as well as supporting the legal needs of all business units and departments, to better serve our customers and business partners on a timely basis.

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

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Joseph E. Sassin

Joseph E. Sassin

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr. Sassin is a 1976 graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State), with a BBA in Accounting. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant Certificate in 1984. Mr. Sassin has worked for The Tauber Companies since 1979. He is currently the Controller for Tauber Oil Company and Tauber Exploration & Production Co.

Sr. Vice President of Finance
Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Sr. Vice President of Finance

Rob Smith joined Tauber Oil Company in January 2021 as Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Tauber, Rob was an Executive Director with ABN AMRO. During his career, Rob has worked in financial leadership roles with BNP Paribas, Atmos Energy, Dynegy, and Wells Fargo. Rob holds a BS in Finance from the University of South Florida and an MS in Finance from Indiana University.

GENERAL COUNSEL
Jonathan Lietzke

Jonathan Lietzke

GENERAL COUNSEL

“Jonathan “JJ” Lietzke has joined Tauber Oil Company November 1, 2021, as General Counsel. JJ is an energy attorney with broad expertise in commodity transactions. He has experience structuring and negotiating standardized and bespoke commodity transactions and mitigating risks inherent in energy trading. His counsel includes advising on contract structures and credit arrangements in trading and structured, asset-based transactions.

Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company JJ was Legal Counsel to Gunvor USA LLC and helped Gunvor grow its U.S. presence. Before Gunvor, JJ worked for Atmos Energy Corporation supporting their traders, pipeline operations, and on occasion right-of-way team. Additionally, he was an advisory board member of Lone Star Credit Union. JJ also served as Legislative Aide to Texas State Representative Joe Moody of El Paso during the 81st Texas Legislature.

JJ holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Masters in Business Administration, and Bachelors in Business Management each from Texas Tech University.