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As one of two Principals of The Tauber Companies, David actively directs the Carbon Black Feedstocks Division for all domestic and international market development. Additionally, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Tauber, including trading, banking, accounting, administration, and risk management.
David is a member of the Board of Trustees of Star of Hope, Carolina College of Biblical Studies and First Liberty Institute. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the College of Biblical Studies, the largest minority biblical college in the U.S. located in Houston, Texas. He also actively serves at Second Baptist Church of Houston as a Deacon and as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
David graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. After graduation, he immediately joined Tauber Oil Company, then under the direction of O.J. Tauber, Sr.
As one of two Principals of The Tauber Companies, Richard Tauber actively oversees the day-to-day operations of the companies, including trading, banking, accounting, administration, and risk management.
He is also President of Tauber Exploration & Production Co., a family owned and operated business active in ranching, real estate, stocks, and oil & gas.
Richard graduated from Texas Christian University in May, 1979, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Finance. Immediately after graduation from TCU, he joined Norwood Chemical Company as a marketer in their chemicals division, subsequently joining Tauber Oil Company in March, 1980.
Currently, Richard serves on the Board of the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was the President of the Petroleum Club of Houston for the 2013/2014 term.
Jonathan Tauber joined Tauber Oil Company in May 2009, and currently serves as President. Jonathan actively oversees the day-to-day operations of the companies including trading, banking, accounting, administration and risk management. 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.
Teams: Business Development
David Tauber, Jr. currently serves as Executive Vice President and directs the Carbon Black Feedstocks division as well as the day-to-day operations including trading, banking, accounting, administration and risk management.
David Jr. joined Tauber Oil Company in July 2010 as Operations Manager for the Petrochemicals business unit, later moving into the Marine Gasoil and Canadian Crude business units where he was responsible for the day-to-day marketing of those business units, as well as the operations and scheduling of Marine Gas Oil.
David graduated from Texas Christian University in 2008. Prior to joining Tauber, David was a natural gas broker at IVG Energy, where he built a large book of traders and traded physical and financial basis markets.
Jeff Bryant joined Tauber Oil Company in December 2006 as Operations Manager in the Carbon Black Feedstocks business unit. His responsibilities include carbon black oil operations management in the United States, including export blending and related operations.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Jeff’s past industry experience includes 13+ years of inspection and testing.
Bobby joined Tauber Oil Company in July, 2007 as Vice President of Carbon Black Feedstocks, Supply and Marketing, focusing on domestic and export customers.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Bobby held positions at Degussa Engineered Carbons as VP of Purchasing, focused on Carbon Black Feedstocks and risk management, and worked as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, specializing in the petroleum industry.
Bobby is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. He is an avid golfer, and has been a dedicated supporter of youth sports in the Sugar Land, TX area.
Jan Hicks joined Tauber Oil Company in October 2003 as Operations Manager in the Residual Fuels and Blending Components business units, and was later promoted to Vice President – Transportation & Marketing, adding the Carbon Black Feedstock’s business unit to her realm of responsibilities.
She is responsible for vessel chartering/operations for international trade, and barge chartering/operations for inland domestic trade. Her years of experience in the industry also include agency management/operations, ship owners’ chartering & operations, and refinery scheduling.
Kavan Mehta joined Tauber Oil Company in February 2003. As Vice President of the Carbon Black Feedstocks business unit, Kavan is primarily responsible for International Sales. Over the last several years, Kavan has developed an extensive understanding of customer requirements and has built a strong relationship with all major Carbon Black producers around the globe. Additionally, Kavan actively participates in operations and risk management of the department.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Kavan was a Management Consultant for Ernst and Young, LLP, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP.
Kavan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India. He is fluent in Hindi and has a keen appreciation of the game of Cricket.
Bill Struebing joined Tauber Oil Company in January, 2017 as Vice President – Chemical Feeds, bringing 30 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries to Tauber. His primary focus is the marketing of Cumene, Pyrolysis Gas and Reformate.
Prior to joining Tauber, Bill’s previous experience includes 14 years at CITGO Petroleum Corporation where he managed marketing and supply for Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, and extraction feedstocks. Prior to CITGO, he was with Koch Industries for 16 years holding various engineering and refinery management positions in their Refining and Chemical business units in Corpus Christi, TX; then, moving to Houston to manage Koch’s commercial sales of Cumene and Ortho Xylene.
Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1985.
Dave Swayne joined Tauber Oil Company in May 2001 as Operations Manager in the Blending Components business unit.
Dave currently manages our Heavy Fuel and Crude Oil Rail Fleets along with Railcar Operations at the Hodge, LA facility.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Dave’s past experience includes 20 years in the Petroleum Inspection and Testing Industry. Dave started in Horizontal and Vertical Land Tank calibration, and from there he transferred into Petroleum Cargo Inspection and eventually moved into Management for Heavy Fuels Inspection and Testing.
Jason Booth joined Tauber Oil Company in June 2017 as Vice President of Crude Oil Marketing, focusing on the purchasing, gathering, transportation, trading and distribution of crude oil and condensate in the Midcontinent and Gulf Coast regions. With over 28 years of experience, Jason brings extensive experience in building crude oil businesses. Jason understands the needs of producers, transporters and refiners while managing risks and optimizing value for all parties.
Prior to joining Tauber, Jason co-founded 4J Energy and held various senior level positions of increasing levels of responsibility with Sunoco Logistics, EDF Trading, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital and Texon LP. At Barclays, Jason managed physical trading of 4 million barrels of tankage at Cushing and 1.5 million barrels on the Gulf Coast. At Texon, Jason managed the marketing of all crude oil business (~50,000 barrels per day). Jason started his career with Plains All American where he spent 13 years in various accounting and scheduling roles.
Jason attended Texas Tech University and University Houston where he received his MS in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration in Finance. Jason is also a licensed CPA.
Robert “Goldie” Goldsworthy joined Tauber Oil Company in September 2019 as Vice President of Crude Oil Marketing to expand the firm’s footprint in the U.S. Gulf Coast market as well as adding value to Tauber’s other regions and trading divisions. Robert brings to his new role in excess of 12 years of experience in physical crude & fuel oil trading, operations, and supply chain management.
Prior to joining Tauber, Robert spent 12 years at Chevron in roles of increasing responsibility. He assisted in flow assurance for Chevron Permian/Delaware production by utilizing the Enterprise Midland to Echo pipeline. He additionally monetized and developed P&L associated with the Permian pipeline capacity as well as the Gulf Coast assets and terminal/dock positions. Previous to Robert’s involvement in the Permian group, Robert managed Chevron’s Louisiana crude oil trading desk including maintaining and developing a blend program strategy, inventory management, and overall P&L optimization for Chevron’s St. James, Empire, and Clovelly Terminal assets. Earlier in his career, he managed the crude oil operations with regard to quality, scheduling, and transportation optimization of the Gulf of Mexico and international trading desks across all grades and modes of transportation, including both monthly and day-to-day management of terminal assets.
Robert started his career in marine transportation and transitioned to Fuel Oil and Feedstocks Operations when he joined Chevron in 2007 to manage oil operations and supply chain for the West Coast, U.S. Gulf Coast, and Latin America Fuel Oil & Feedstock businesses including bunker and bulk sale blend optimization. He earned his B.S. in Marine Transportation with a minor in Law from California State University Maritime Academy as well as a U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate license.
Ashley Shavell joined Tauber Oil Company in May, 2018 as Operations Manager of Crude Oil Marketing.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Ashley’s previous experience included various roles from Accounting, Operations
and Contract Management.
Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL with a degree in Political Science.
Earl Thomas joined Tauber Oil Company in 2008 as Vice President of the Natural Gas and Emissions business units. In 2012, Tauber acquired Interconn Resources, Inc. and split off the Natural Gas business unit to operate as Interconn. Earl currently serves as its VP of Sales and Asset Optimization.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company and Interconn Resources, Earl’s 25+ years of previous industry experience includes natural gas marketing and asset acquisition and management positions with EIG, MultiFuels, Perry Gas, and United Texas Transmission.
Earl received his Finance Degree from the University of Virginia in 1977, as well as his MBA from William & Mary in 1979.
Teams: Emissions & Carbon
Brad Kerby joined Tauber Oil Company in April 2006 as Vice President of the Natural Gas Liquids business unit.
Prior to his tenure at Tauber, Brad’s industry experience included TEPPCO Partners, Duke Energy NGL Services, EOTT Energy, and Vanguard Petroleum.
Brad received his MBA in Finance from the University of Houston, and a BS in Operations Management from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Carolyn Sheffield joined Tauber Oil Company in May 2005, and is the Operations Manager for the Natural Gas Liquids business unit, handling all NGL distribution, scheduling pipeline movements, truck, rail, and barge movements, organizing and maintaining positions and inventories associated with the NGL group.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Carolyn’s previous industry experience included tank & barge calibration, third party inspections and export Inspections.
Carolyn received her BA in Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University – Hammond, LA
Chad Verhoff joined Tauber Oil Company in September 2007 as Vice President of the Natural Gas Liquids business unit.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Chad held positions with Marathon Petroleum and Enterprise Products.
Chad holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State University.
Blake Hale joined Tauber Oil Company in March 2014 to manage Pipeline Operations for the Refined Products business unit. His current focus is now trading, marketing, and domestic supply of gasoline and distillates.
Prior to joining the Tauber team, Blake spent five years in the industry as a Financial Analyst, and then in Risk Management at ENI Trading & Shipping, Inc.
Blake graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Finance.
Brian Clayton joined Tauber Oil Company in January 2016 to handle all of the domestic operations for the Refined Products business unit.
Prior to joining the Tauber team, Brian spent five years in the trading industry as a Trading Assistant, and then as Risk Management for multiple global trading organizations.
Brian received his BBA in Finance and Economics from Texas Tech University.
Rachel Clary joined Tauber Oil Company in November 2005 as Contract Administrator for the Feedstock business unit. Her years of experience include various roles from Accounting to Contract Manager. She currently handles terminal operations, carrier clearances, and all truck, pipeline and barge movements.
Rachel received her BA in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Steve Elliott joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in 2002 as Vice President, focusing on the trade of Methanol, Styrene, and Benzene.
Prior to joining Tauber, Steve held positions as marine broker, logistics manager, and chemical trading with companies such as QMC, Enron, and Shell Chemical in the methanol, toluene, styrene, and benzene markets.
Steve is a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M University – Galveston, and holds a BS in Maritime Administration.
Scott Podsednik joined Tauber Oil Company/Tauber Petrochemical Co. in May of 1990 in the Petrochemical operations group. In March of 1992, he was promoted to Vice President of Petrochemicals where his focus was trading gasoline blend components. In 1995, Scott’s prime responsibility moved to the trading/marketing of all bulk aromatics and gasoline blend stocks, both domestically and internationally, for Tauber Petrochemical Co.
Prior to his tenure at Tauber Oil Company/Tauber Petrochemical Co., Scott worked in the refined products operations and blending areas of The Coastal Corporation and its subsidiary Belcher Oil Company of Miami.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University, received in 1987, with an emphasis on Marketing and Economics. He currently serves as a member of the AFPM (formerly NPRA), Southwest Chemical Association, and the Northeast Chemical Association.
Will Thompson joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in December, 2018 as Vice President in the petrochemical business unit. His primary area of focus is sales in tank truck and tank car.
Prior to joining Tauber, Will managed accounts in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for SolvChem Inc.
Will is a 2012 graduate of Texas State University, and holds a B.A. in Communication Studies. He is also a member of the Houston Chemical Association
Teams: Tauber Petrochemical Co.
Steve Starcke joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in March 1999 as Operations Manager scheduling petrochemical trucks. He has since been promoted to Vice President of Operations with primary responsibility over bulk marine movements and inventory management.
Prior to joining Tauber Petrochemical Co., Steve held positions with QMC, Inc. and TexPar Energy implementing scheduling, blending, and purchasing duties.
Steve received his BBA in Marketing from Lamar University in 1994.
Michael Price joined Tauber Oil Company in May 2003 as a member of the Office Services group, and was promoted in 2007 to the Operations group for Tauber Petrochemical Co. Michael is an Operations Manager, handling logistics for methanol and xylene, as well as marine, truck, and rail for alkylate. He also manages inventories for those products at Kinder Morgan in Galena Park, TX, ITC in Deer Park, TX, and IMTT at St. Rose, LA.
Michael is a member of the Southwest Chemical Association.
Sarah Quang joined Tauber Oil Company in September 2004 in the Billing Department, and was transferred to Tauber Petrochemical Co. in 2005 filling an Administrative role until 2010, when she was promoted to Operations Manager and began scheduling truck movements for the petrochemical group.
Sarah received her BA in Communications from Texas State University in 2003.
Cheya Kothman joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in May 2014 as Contract Administrator and January 2019 she was promoted to Operations Manager, scheduling truck movements in the petrochemical group.
Her career in the energy industry began over ten years ago at Kern Oil & Refining Co., in various positions including Truck and Railcar Scheduler.
Teams: Tauber Petrochemical Co.
Grant Jungeblut joined Tauber Oil Company in February 2020 as Vice President of Business Development. His primary focus is managing the direct investment opportunities for Tauber Oil Company.
Prior to Tauber Oil Company, Grant assisted in business development and management of deal flow for Rock Hill Capital. Before joining Rock Hill, he acted as operations and financial analyst at New Tech Global and marketing representative at Federated Mutual Insurance. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University in Agriculture Leadership and Development and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Jones School of Business at Rice University.
Teams: Business Development
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.
Lane Weaver joined Tauber Oil Company in November, 2018 as Controller of The Tauber Companies.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Lane has worked for various large and medium sized companies holding roles in accounting, finance, risk, investor relations and FP&A.
Since 2011, Lane has held various roles at Buckeye Partners, where he served as the Controller for their Merchant Services business segment and Senior Manager,
Investor Relations and FP&A.
Lane holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
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.
Derek Halverson joined Tauber Oil Company in October, 2018 as Vice President – Credit.
Prior to joining Tauber Oil Company, Derek held the position of Director of Credit and Finance at CenterPoint Energy. His industry experience includes various roles at Energy Transfer Partners, EDF Trading, Atmos Energy Marketing, Chevron, and BP.
Derek holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Jim Goolsby joined The Tauber Companies in February 2012 as General Counsel. He has over 33 years of experience in the Houston business community, with an emphasis in energy, financial services, real estate, and health care.
In his role as Legal Counsel for The Tauber Companies, Jim is also responsible for legal engagements involving Tauber Oil Company, Tauber Petrochemical Co., Tauber Exploration & Production Co., TransOil Marketing, LLC and Interconn Resources.
Prior to his tenure at the Tauber Companies, Jim held positions with Price Waterhouse, Hines Interests, Jackson Walker, and Sterling Bank.
Jim holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas and a JD from the South Texas College of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.