Seasoned leadership team with deep propane industry experience
Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) has created a leadership team of propane industry veterans with a deep understanding of retail and commercial propane sales, operations and finance.
Thomas E. Knauff, Chief Executive Officer, brings 30-plus years of executive, operations and transaction experience in the industry. After beginning his career at Ferrellgas – where he helped integrate the $400 million leveraged buyout of Buckeye Gas Products – Mr. Knauff co-founded Propane Continental, making 34 acquisitions before selling to Cornerstone Propane in 1998. He then affiliated with a Chicago middle-market investment bank and continued his entrepreneurial focus in the energy industry. In 2003 he co-founded Liberty Propane, ran its operations during the start-up period and served on its board until 2009. In 2012, Mr. Knauff launched Chicago-based Energy Distribution Partners.
Mr. Knauff has contributed articles on entrepreneurship and the energy industry to outlets such as Entrepreneur, BPN, and the Chicago Tribune.
Mark Janek, Chief Financial Officer, brings over 30 years of executive and financial experience to the company. A CPA with Big Four public accounting experience, he joined EDP in 2014 from Standard Parking/SP Plus Corp. where he was Senior Vice President of Finance and assisted the company in integrating the acquisition of its largest competitor. Earlier Mr. Janek served as divisional CFO for Matson Logistics, assisting the company in substantially growing revenue both organically and through acquisitions. Over his career, he has assisted in acquiring and integrating companies that employed more than 10,000 people and generated in excess of $1 billion in revenue.
Boyd H. McGathey, Chief Operating Officer, has nearly 30 years of experience in the propane industry. He has served in a variety of senior level positions where he managed retail operations, sales, safety, service quality, customer retention and profitability, among other responsibilities. Mr. McGathey most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for WESROC Monitoring Solutions, an Independent Technologies company that provides tank monitoring equipment for propane and refined products industries. Prior to that, he held executive positions with a number of multi-state marketers including Inergy Propane, Liberty Propane and Ferrellgas. Mr. McGathey is a Board Member of the International Young Gassers Association.
David R. Stroupe, Vice President of Corporate Development, has nearly 30 years of propane industry experience in a variety of senior level management, operations and business development positions. He began his propane career as vice president and chief operating officer with Green Mountain Propane and later worked in business development and operations positions for major marketers including Heritage Propane and AmeriGas Partners, successfully closing on more than 75 acquisitions. Mr. Stroupe most recently served as president of Yankee Propane.
Robert Ragle, Regional Vice President – East, has over 19 years of experience in the propane industry. He has had experience with acquisitions, contract negotiations, financial management, and is a US Army Veteran. He has held various leadership positions throughout his career, managing teams across multiple states in the continued effort of promoting company growth while reducing expenses.