Experience

Principal

SeanCota.com
July 2014 – Present 

More than 30 years of in-depth experience in energy and transportation industries
• Highly regarded professional with a reputation for actively defending the transportation and home energy industries’ interests and in working with industry professionals in the identification and development of strategic priorities across all energy and conservation programs
• Leverage expertise in the energy and finance industries to provide advice and guidance to energy company owners in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, small business succession planning, and growth initiatives
• Provide full-cycle merger and acquisition services including: company valuations, identify target markets, evaluate potential acquisitions, plan integration of disparate units, and advise on diversification of product offerings
• Evaluate venture capital mid-stream intermodal energy projects
• Doubled the offing price of two companies by properly valuing the product lines and income steams
• Testified before Congress and the CFTC ten (10) times as a subject matter expert on supply and demand impacts with speculative forces in energy trading market functions and their impact on the economy
• Provided advice to Congress and regulators relating to passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the “Close the Enron Loophole Act”


Past Chairman

PMAA
January 2011 – Present (3 years 7 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) is a federation of 47 state and regional trade associations representing approximately 8,000 independent petroleum marketers nationwide.

PMAA, The Petroleum Marketers Association of America

PMAA, The Petroleum Marketers Association of America

Committee Member

CFTC
2008 – Present (6 years)

Member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC), Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee.

Founding Member

CMOC
August 2007 – Present (7 years)

CMOC is an alliance of business and end-user groups that advocate for stable and transparent commodity markets. In August of 2007 worked with Jim Collura, founder, and as founding member. The coalition includes some of the largest energy, agricultural and consumer advocacy groups. 

Educated Congress and regulators on affects of inadequately regulated commodity markets and needed reforms. Successfully advocated for strong commodity trading reforms in Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.


Director

NAORE
2005 – Present (9 years)

National Association for Oilheat Research & Education (NAORE) is the political counterpart to NORA.

Director

NORA
2003 – Present (11 years)

As a board member of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), participated in oilheat R&D, technical and consumer education efforts. http://www.nora-oilheat.org

NEFI

Director

NEFI
1990 – Present (24 years)

Board Director for the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), the largest heating oil association in the United States focusing on regulatory and public policy affairs.

Partner

Lake Rudd & Co.
September 2011 – July 2014 (2 years 11 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

• Leverage expertise in the energy and finance industries to provide advice and guidance to energy company owners in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, small business succession planning, and growth initiatives
• Full-cycle merger and acquisition services including: company valuations, identify target markets, evaluate potential acquisitions, plan integration of disparate units, and advise on diversification of product offerings
• Venture capital mid-stream intermodal energy projects
• Valuing the product lines and income steams


Cota and Cota Heating Fuels

President

Cota and Cota Heating Fuels
1977 – 2011 (34 years)Bellows Falls, Vermont

• President and Co-Owner of Cota & Cota Oil, Inc., a third generation family full-service diversified energy company, that distributes heating fuels, motor fuels, offers government and regulatory services, as well as plumbing and heating services operating in Vermont and New Hampshire. 
• Rotated through most job functions within the organization starting in grammar school: from plumbing and heating, trucking, driving fuel deliveries, managing IT functions, to leadership and executive capabilities as CEO and financial integrity as CFO. 
• Grew Cota & Cota from a heating and motor fuel distributor with 7 locations to a full-service diversified energy company with 12 locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. 
• Added propane gas and bio fuels, air conditioning and alarm installation and services.
• As President, during a 15 year period of decreasing consumer fuel consumption, grew sales from 385%, by organically growing the number of consumers by 400% through a declining consumption market. 
• Provided training and education to the industry regarding hedging retail energy risks and provided governmental/regulatory services.
• Beginning in 1988, intrinsically linked with the commodity markets in hedging futures price risk for Cota & Cota, customers, and in training and educating the industry regarding hedging retail energy risks.

Vice Chairman

PMAA
January 2010 – December 2010 (1 year)

As Vice Chair of Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) assisted in the development of national policy, legislative and regulatory advocacy for the retail petroleum industry.


NEFI

Chairman of the Board

NEFI
2008 – 2010 (2 years)

As Chairman of New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), testified before the United States Congress on Energy Policy and Commodity Regulation.

Treasurer

PMAA
January 2009 – December 2009 (1 year)

Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) Treasurer.

Director at Community Heating

Community Heating
2008 – 2009 (1 year)Northeast U.S.

The team has deep industry, financial, and operational experience with over 40 years of experience in structuring transactions, advising, and operating heating oil distribution companies, and providing insight and expertise to the industry. They are well-known and respected by the smallest and largest companies, their advisors and vendors.


Legislative Chairman

VFDA
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Board of Directors & Legislative Chair.

First Vice Chairman

NORA
2007 – 2008 (1 year)

Assisted in leadership policy of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA).

NEFI

Legislative Chairman

NEFI
2002 – 2006 (4 years)

As Legislative Chair of the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), directed NEFI's national regulatory and public policy for the heating oil industry.

President

VOHI
2001 – 2002 (1 year)

As President of the Vermont Oil Heat Institute (VOHI) during 2001 & 2002 successfully merged the VOHI with the Vermont Propane Gas Association (VPGA) to establish the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA).

Legislative Chairman

VOHI
1988 – 2001 (13 years)

Vermont Oil Heat Institute (VOHI): Board of Directors 1988- 2001, & Legislative Chairman
Developed regulatory in legislative policy for the retail heating oil industry within Vermont.


Director

VPGA
1997 – 2000 (3 years)

Board Director for the Vermont Retail Propane Gas Industry focusing on regulatory and public policy affairs.

President

VOHI
1992 – 1993 (1 year)

As President of the Vermont Oil Heat Institute (VOHI) during 1992 & 1993 successfully reformed Vermont LIHEAP and fought competing energies from eroding industry market share.

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