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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 Company, 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.
Bob Mackenzie joined Tauber Petrochemical Co in September 1998 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 Petrochemical Co., Bob held positions with regional and national distributors as well as with a hydrocarbon producer.
Bob is a past board member of both the Houston Chemical Association and the Southwest Chemical Association.
Bob graduated from Bethany College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts.
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.
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.
Clayton Tauber joined The Tauber Companies in November 2013 as Operations Representative for TransOil Marketing, LLC in Abilene, Texas.
He transferred to Houston in November 2015 to manage methanol & xylene logistics and inventory for Tauber Petrochemical Co. Clayton is also part of the Business Development group within The Tauber Companies.
Clayton graduated from Texas A&M in 2012.
Ollivier Giampietri joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in June 2015 as Vice President – Asian Markets. His primary focus is to expand Tauber Petrochemical Co.’s business across Asia.
Prior joining Tauber Petrochemical Co., Ollivier’s experience spans 11 years at a major oil company managing the trading activity of petrochemicals and feedstocks throughout the European, Middle Eastern, and North American regions.
Ollivier holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from The Political Science Institute of Aix-en-Provence (France), and a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of Paris IX Dauphine.
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.
Susan Ong joined Tauber Petrochemical Co. in January 2016 as Operations Manager to oversee all aspects of operations in the Asian Market.
Prior to joining Tauber Petrochemical Co., Susan has twenty years’ experience as an Operations Manager for such companies as China Aviation Oil, Noble Resources, & Voest Alpine Intertrading.
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.
Jeff Gellately joined Tauber in May 2017 as Vice President, Canada, with his primary focus will be to grow Tauber Petrochemical Co.’ business in Canada, with an initial focus on the distribution market in Western Canada.
Prior to joining Tauber Petrochemical Co., Jeff was employed at CFR Chemicals, Nalco Champion and Nortel Networks. Jeff brings 29 years experience in the supply chain with 12 years of it spent in the Western Canadian Oil and Gas segment and 17 years working in the high tech manufacturing segment.
Jeff has extensive international supply chain, contract negotiations, and supply chain/project management expertise.
Chris Hunt joined Tauber in May 2017 as Vice President, Canada. His primary focus is to grow Tauber Petrochemical Co.’ business in Canada, with an initial focus on the distribution market in Western Canada.
Prior to joining Tauber Petrochemical Co., Chris’ experience developed over 16 years with global and regional Chemical distribution companies, where he focused on selling commodity and specialty chemicals to the Oil and Gas and Industrial markets in Western Canada.
Chris holds a Certificate in Professional Management from the University of Calgary and a Distribution Managers Certificate from Texas A&M University.