Kenneth Van Bramer Sr., Founder
Senior Management Team
Vincent Theurer - President & CEO
Mr. Theurer started his education of the oil business at the young age of 10 years old. He began by working with his father who taught him the basics of the business after school and on the weekends. During his time with his father he mastered boiler/burner mechanics, equipment repair and installment and the general structure of heating systems. When he received his driver's license, he moved on to delivering oil to customers and developed his knowledge of NYC logistics and routing. Over the years Mr. Theurer convinced his family to keep the business and allow him to take over the daily operations. He continued expanding through his experiences and established himself as an entrepreneur acquiring new companies and expanding his business. At 20 years old he made his first acquisition and the company started its journey of growth acquiring 11 more companies over the years. The company is now one of the largest independently owned residential energy companies in the NYC metropolitan area.
Mr. Theurer's talents are not limited to his daily business operations; he was also the president of the New York Oil Heating Association from July 2011 to July 2013 and is currently serving as the director. He is a director of the ESPA board, sits on the labor negotiating committee, which negotiates on behalf of all the companies which belong to the Local 553 union, and is a trustee to Local 553 union pension and deferred compensation fund. Mr. Theurer takes contributions to the local community very seriously and, in doing so, has been an honorary alumnus to three of NYC's private schools along with Wagner College. He serves as a board member of Bay Ridge Preparatory School, Co-Chairman of The Child School on Roosevelt Island and serves on the Board for ECHO (Emergency Children's Help Organization).
In all of his accomplishments he has had the support of his loving wife and three boys. He provides the same dedication at home as he does to his many endeavors in business by being very active in his children's education and sports teams including football, baseball and hockey.
Chris Fazio, EVP of Sales and Marketing
As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris oversees both the Approved Wholesale and Retail divisions and his responsibilities cover all customer-facing operations including sales, marketing and client relationships. His focus is to identify new opportunities and develop strategies that will support the company’s continued growth.
Chris played a key role in the development of the Approved Wholesale division at inception in 2012 and spearheaded the expansion into the New Jersey marketplace in 2015.
Before his current position, Chris was Approved’s VP of Marketing and Risk Management where his focus was on enhancing customer value, assuring outstanding service and competitive pricing. He developed various pricing models which supported the growth in both the residential and commercial customer base creating savings on an annual basis.
Prior to joining Approved, Chris was a commodity broker/trader on Wall Street. As a member of the New York Board of Trade from 1993 – 2007 and registered with the National Futures Association (NFA), he traded for clients which included financial institutions, hedge funds and producers across the globe.
He has served on the Business Council for the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), is involved with Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.), and currently serves on the board of New York Oil Heat Association (NYOHA).
Kevin G. Duffy, CPA/CFF, CFP®
Kevin has had 28 years of diverse public accounting experience. His practice has included estate planning, financial planning, retirement planning, matrimonial litigation and division of assets, asset recovery, estate taxation, business and individual tax preparation, litigation support, and IRS and State tax resolution matters. Clientele have included lawyers, matrimonial clientele, residential and commercial developers, property management companies, construction companies (both residential and commercial), various contractor trades, fuel oil companies, hotels and restaurants, real estate agents, video gaming enterprises, insurance companies, internet sales companies, imports and exports and other retail and wholesale clients. He has assisted in civil court proceedings, participated in arbitration and mediations, and prepared various reports with regard to assorted frauds, estates, guardianships, contract disputes, audits, construction cost analyses and IRS tax resolutions. He was also involved in Initial Public Offerings, private placements, bridge financing and preparation of Form 8-K and 10 Q's. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM), Certified in Financial Forensics, Series 7,63,66 Securities License and Life & Health Insurance Licensed.
Vincent Theurer Jr.
As the youngest member of the management team at Approved, Vincent Theurer Jr. delivers 10 years of experience in the energy industry. Following in his father's footsteps, Vincent started at the bottom of the corporate ladder, performing manual labor as an assistant to burner/boiler service technicians, installers, and drivers. For the past few years, Vincent has been transferred through various departments in order to gain a practical background in all facets of the business. These departments include Customer Service, Oil Delivery & Route Dispatching, Boiler/burner Service Dispatching, Sales & Consulting, Boiler Installations, and Business Development. Vincent has experienced firsthand Approved's phenomenal growth from a small mom-and-pop-style business into the largest family-owned oil company in New York City. This growth has helped Vincent build upon his strong set of family values, while providing him useful experience and many valuable opportunities for personal and professional development.
Day-to-day tasks for Vincent now include residential, commercial and industrial energy consultations, new heating system installations, price negotiations, conflict/issue resolution and other energy-related activities.
Vincent has acquired his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Management from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. A Six Sigma Green Belt, he is currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY (expected completion date: spring 2015), along with a Global Competitive Business Study in Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary.
Family and faith are the most important aspects of Vincent's life. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, weightlifting, films, target shooting, and off-road driving.
David Stern – Director of Sales
David was born into the fuel oil business and has 40 years of experience in service, installations and sales. Starting in the family oil business in 1976, he moved on to manage the service division at Empire State Fuel for 23 years. When Empire State was acquired by The Hess Corporation, a nine-year education in the system of rules, fair practice and processes by which a company is directed began. The best interests of shareholders, management, employees, customers and community took center stage.
Today as Director of Sales, apart from growth, David's focus is delivering value, quality products and superior services to our clients.
Outside of work, David's interests are his wife and kids, cooking, rock music and travel.
Nicholas Fasano is the founder and President of Soundview Energy, Inc., an active NY Harbor physical oil participant since its 1991 inception. Prior to that time, Mr. Fasano carried a distinguished reputation within the global trade community cultivated by a long and diverse career.
His career pathway originated at Scallop Petroleum, a wholly owned Royal Dutch Shell Group Company, where he served as the managing director of their Houston based light-end distillate trade group. After years of excellence and relationship building, Mr. Fasano embarked on an entrepreneurial venture by founding a NY based brokerage company, Bridgeview Energy.
Utilizing a unique background rooted in products blending, refinery processing, refinery feedstocks, and products trading, Bridgeview quickly became established as a unique “deal-making” brokerage operation. This creative insight became a catalytic spark for deal creation between emerging markets such as Nigeria and the domestic Gulf Coast. As Bridgeview continued to mature, the company became a conduit to a processing deal for the royal family of Abu Dhabi, the exclusive bunker supplier for Poland’s fishing fleet, and premier liaison to Indonesia’s LSWR market.
Ultimately, this global experience was focused inward on the New York Harbor and the SVE model was born. Leveraging years of contact and skills building, SVE was able to develop a niche in supporting downstream marketers compete and expand within the wholesale market.
In this regard, SVE currently operates in partnership with the Approved Oil Company.
Nicholas Fasano Jr.
Nicholas Fasano, Jr. is the Executive Vice President of Soundview Energy, Inc. serving both as the lead physical products trader and financial position manager. He has been with SVE since 2012 garnering industry exposure to physical logistics (marine, pipeline, rail), terminal operations, and best in class quality and inspection protocols.
Prior to joining the energy industry, Nicholas graduated from the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University with a Cum Laude degree of Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Fred Tamburino - Business Development Manager
Fred Tamburino has over 35 years of experience in the oil industry. Starting in 1974, Fred has acquired experience in all phases of the oil industry, from delivering oil and installing heating equipment to conservation measures. Fred has worked as a heating equipment specialist, sales representative and regional general manager for some of the largest energy companies in the northeastern United States. He will employ his considerable talents in marketing Approved Oil Company's full product line with a focus on fuel oil, natural gas and electricity products, as well as new burner and boiler equipment sales.
Fred brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his position of Vice President - Commercial Sales. Our customers will reap the benefits of his knowledge as he works with them to craft cost effective solutions to their energy equipment needs. We are pleased to welcome Fred to the Approved Oil Company family. He is an outstanding example of the kind of knowledgeable sales staff upon which we pride ourselves.
Eric Sutphen - Fuel Oil Manager
Eric Sutphen has worked in the industry for over 25 years to enhance his knowledge as a diversified Fuel Oil Specialist. Prior to that, in the US Navy, he proudly served in the Seventh Fleet. His military experience included receiving medals for Operation Desert Storm while maintaining the readiness on two War Ships: the USS Thach FFG-43 and the USS Fort McHenry LSD-43.
After receiving an Honorable discharge, Eric was hired by Amerada Hess in the Technical Services Division. It was there where he spent the next 20 years troubleshooting a wide variety of heating oil issues from the terminal reception to the nozzle tip. He built lasting relationships with the customers he assisted and managed to uphold his high personal standards even while overcoming obstacles like Y2K and Hurricane Sandy.
After Hess divested, Eric took a “long” two day vacation and immediately started at Approved Oil. He brought with him his innovative ideas and diverse experience, as well as the values instilled in him during his time with the US Navy and Hess. Eric began building a platform that has since helped Approved Oil develop into the region’s leading Fuel Oil Supplier.
Outside from work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family. The family does most everything together, including attending concerts, and professional baseball and football games.
John Anthony Calise III - Director of Human Resources/Payroll Manager
John Calise is responsible for administering the payroll of 300-plus Approved Oil employees on a weekly basis. He also coordinates employee benefits, works with insurance brokers, maintains strong relationships with Local Unions 638 and 553, and serves as the hiring manager for all company departments, among other daily duties.
Formerly the Assistant Controller of Accounts Receivable & Payable for Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Co., Calise joined the Approved Oil staff in July 2011, stepping into a managerial position just 14 months out of school. He’d graduated from Felician College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Business Minor in May 2010.
A talented student-athlete while at Felician, he pitched for the school’s Division II baseball team and was named to the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Division II/III All-State squad during his senior year.
Eileen Rossi - Customer Service Manager
Eileen Rossi is a veteran in her field with over 20+ years experience in Customer Service across several different industries. Her Customer Service background comes from earlier managerial positions held in retail, construction and corporate settings.
Joining Approved Oil in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant to the President, she quickly rose in the ranks to become the Customer Service Manager. Her duties include but are not limited to responding and networking with clients, while ensuring employee growth and satisfaction. Her leadership skills have proven to be an asset when it comes to new hires, training staff and overall company morale. Being licensed as a NYS Notary, her integrity speaks for itself as she has demonstrated to be a true advocate for our company and employees. Eileen has also been influential in spearheading the initiative to enhance our social media and image presence. In our everchanging world, her vast knowledge and ongoing efforts assist us in the evolution of our company as we continue to grow.
Family is definitely first and foremost in Eileen’s life. She has been married to her husband for 14 years and has three beautiful girls who truly reflect her dedication to be an awesome mom and dedicated wife. In her down time, Eileen enjoys photography, traveling and event planning.