Management Team

Management Biographies

Andrew Duckworth - President - Andy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Akron in 1990. He was with Ernst & Young, LLP through 1995 and is a Certified Public Accountant. From 1996 to 1999, Andy was a controller for the Philip Services Corporation. Andy joined UPL in 1999. He oversees all operational functions including, but not limited to, acquisitions, project development, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources and information systems functions. Email Andrew Duckworth

John Ebert - Vice President -  Mr. Ebert holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law. He has worked in utility and regulated industries for over 30 years. Prior to joining UPL from 2006 to 2016, he was the CEO and principal shareholder of ANGD LLC, which was the holding company for Appalachian Natural Gas Distribution Company and Bluefield Gas Company. E-mail John Ebert

John Jessee - Regional Financial Officer - John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Emory & Henry College in 1983.  A Certified Public Accountant, he was with Price Waterhouse until 1989.  From 1989 to 2009, John worked with firms whose primary investments were in the coal and natural gas industries. Prior to joining UPL, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ANGD, LLC from 2009 to 2016.  He oversees the accounting, finance and regulatory reporting functions for Appalachian Natural Gas Distribution Company and Bluefield Gas Company. E-mail John Jesse

Robert M. Wentzel Jr. - Chief Operating Officer - Bob has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Welding Fabrication and Metallurgy. Bob joined UPL at its inception in 1995 as V.P. of Construction. Currently he is responsible for all business development functions including establishing partnerships with other utilities and local producers, maintaining relationships with builders and developers, as well as prospecting possible distribution asset acquisitions.  Email Robert M. Wentzel Jr.

Vanessa Hamilton - Executive V.P. Business Development - Vanessa received a Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University College of Business Administration in Business Management in December of 2007. Vanessa joined UPL in February of 2008 as a member of the accounting department. She is now currently responsible for prospecting potential distribution asset acquisitions and new business development in residential and commercial areas. Vanessa also oversees all public relations and marketing operations in coordination with Customer Service & Field Operations. She is currently Chairman of the Ohio Gas Association.Email Vanessa Hamilton

David Planitzer - Chief Financial Officer - Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University in 1992.  He is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years of experience in public accounting at firms including PWC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) and CBIZ.  Dave joined UPL in 2016 and is responsible for accounting, finance, customer service and billings, human resources and information systems.

Douglas Gray - V.P. Compliance - Doug joined UPL in 2004. From 1990 until his arrival at UPL, Doug was responsible for oil and gas production activities and pipeline system operations for Power Resources Operating Company as the Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for system safety & compliance throughout our entire service area.  Email Douglas Gray

Joseph Komara- Marketing Operations Manager - Joe has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wheeling Jesuit University. Previous management positions have been with Mountaineer Gas in West Virginia, Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corporation and Consumers Gas Cooperative in Ohio. Joe joined UPL in the spring of 2014 and is currently responsible for the new construction, measurement/regulation, field service, and purchasing functions across the entire system. Email Joe Komara

Robert Seeling, Jr. - Operations Manager - Bob has been in the natural gas business for 37 years. He has earned his way up the company ladder from beginning as a service/corrosion technician to general manager of Pike Natural Gas Company. Utility Pipeline, Ltd. acquired Pike in 2013 and promoted Bob to Operations Manager over seeing operations for all of UPL's systems. Email Bob Seeling

Jimmy Fedevich - Sales Manager - Jimmy attended Ashland University where he received a degree in Economics and Business Management. Jimmy joined UPL in the fall of 2012 as a member of the sales and marketing team. Prior to UPL, he has worked in the natural gas business since 2008 for other utilities and cooperatives. Email Jimmy Fedevich 

Anthony Desiato - Company Controller - Anthony received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Minor in Finance from the University of Akron in 2007. He worked in public accounting prior to joining UPL in 2010. He is responsible for finance, accounting, and information systems functions. Email Anthony Desiato

Christina Tippel - Billing Manager - Christina received an Associate's Degree in Applied Business in Legal Assisting Technology from Stark State College of Technology in 1997. Christina joined UPL in 1999. Prior to joining UPL, Christina worked at Belden & Blake Corporation in the accounting department for the Oilfield Sales/Services Division. She is responsible for supervising and managing all Billing Operations, which also includes coordination with Construction and Field Operations. Email Christina Tippel

Jodi King - Customer Service Manager - Jodi joined UPL in 2011. Prior to joining UPL, Jodi was a Scheduling Supervisor at Shared PET Imaging where she was responsible for the team scheduling patient PET/CT scans throughout the United States. She has many years of Supervisory and Customer Service experience. She is responsible for managing the Customer Service Team and liaison with field operations staff. Email Jodi King

Shirley Powers - Accounting Manager - Shirley joined UPL in 1998 from Viking Resources bring many years of experience in general office accounting and knowledge of the energy industry. She manages the accounting department and supervises daily accounting operations. E-mail Shirley Powers

Amanda Arps - Human Resources Manager - Amanda received a Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University College of Business Administration in Business Management in 2009. She then went on to work at Nationwide Insurance for almost 7 years before joining UPL in the spring of 2016 as the HR Manager. Amanda’s responsibilities include developing and implementing HR policies, in addition to coordinating and maintaining human resource activities such as: employee relations, compensation, benefits, staffing levels, and other employee services. E-mail Amanda Arps

 

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