Management Team & Associates
Belvedere Terminals was formed by bringing together experts in fuel distribution, transloading and railroading. The management team has extensive experience within the petroleum distribution, retail transportation fuels, and rail and terminalling industries. The Company has a dedicated development team which has developed the project to date, and going forward will lead the construction of the facilities, the staffing and training of the staff and the start-up of the business.
E. ALONZO COTHRON – President & CEO
Ed Cothron is the CEO and Founder of Belvedere. Mr. Cothron has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate including the development of over 50 gasoline convenience and retail centers. Mr. Cothron has a thorough knowledge of the petroleum industry and related fields through his 29 years of management, training, and service-related experience, most of which has been spent in the petroleum industry where he excelled in management, training, and public relations. Mr. Cothron has managed and owned multiple businesses including the Dexron Group from 1995 – 2001, where he as President and developed 4 projects valuated at $14 million and managed 30+ employees. Mr. Cothron studied Computer Science & Engineering at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Cothron volunteers with St. Anthony Hospital of Catholic East Charities.
TIM SCHWARZ – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Schwarz has spent his entire career in finance. He began his career as a commercial banker focused on middle market secured lending. Following that he spent over twenty years on Wall Street, fourteen at Morgan Stanley in the Power and Utility Group, with significant experience in power, renewable energy and infrastructure finance. Mr. Schwarz has advised on many of the largest mergers and capital raises in the industry and effectively managed multiple strategic relationships at both the senior management and Board of Director level, helping his clients develop long term financial strategies in complex changing markets. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Schwarz was the Chief Financial Officer at Allied-Lyons North America, the multi-billion-dollar international parent corporation for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins, responsible for strategic planning, information technology, treasury and accounting. Mr. Schwarz received his MBA with distinction from Harvard University and his BA in economics from Wesleyan University.
MIKE – Chief Operations Officer
Michael currently heads an operational group for a major multi-national Fortune 500 construction company specializing in project development, program management and infrastructure development. In his role as Principle-in Charge, he creates execution strategies for high-value, complex projects and currently oversees more than $2.5B USD in active projects across the US and abroad. He has over 25 years of specialized design and construction experience delivering technology, energy, bio-pharmaceutical, transportation and infrastructure projects while having direct responsibility for strategic planning, cost and schedule adherence. Prior to this role, he served as managing executive responsible for projects ranging from startups to $950M USD for global clients. Michael received a degree in Chemical Engineering and serves as a Board member for innovation and global sourcing groups.
WILLIAM S. MEADE – Director Business Development
Mr. Meade started with Texaco as a Jobber in 1960 in the NE U.S. and spent over 50 years in the petroleum business including owning and operating his own fuel distribution businesses. His vast experience as a jobber brings valuable insights into developing and maintaining relationships with Jobber Networks, one of Belvedere’s primary customers. Mr. Meade led regional sales for J.H. Williams through 2009 and, since then, has led the effort to develop Belvedere. Mr. Meade honorably served in the USAF and studied Business at the University of Vermont. He is affiliated with many professional and service organizations including the Florida Petroleum Marketers Associate and the Sarasota Elks Club.
STAN L. FAY – Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Fay has over 34 years of progressive experience in direct sales, channel sales, business development, marketing, and consulting management in highly competitive segments of the Petroleum and Convenience Store Industries. Mr. Fay has been instrumental in developing and executing the marketing and sales plan for Belvedere. In particular, Mr. Fay has consulted and implemented new entrepreneurial products and niche services for the Convenience Store and Petroleum sectors.
GREGORY D. CHAFEE – Chief Counsel Thompson Hine Law Firm
Mr. Chafee is currently a partner with Thompson Hine in the Corporate Transactions and Securities Practice and the Energy Group where he is also co-chair of the Water Resources, Technology, & Regulation Group. He has provided strategic advice and counsel to project developers, owners, operators, lenders, private equity and venture capital investors, suppliers and services providers on financing, including debt and equity offerings, operations and transactions involving conventional and renewable energy. He has negotiated and structured complex transactions involving electric power generation, transmission and distribution, petroleum, natural gas and LNG production, transmission and distribution and the generation of energy from biomass and biofuels, solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, waste-to-energy and other renewable resources. Mr. Chafee previously served as First Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DS Waters of America and Danone Waters of North America, and Associate General Counsel for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, representing market leading consumer products brands worldwide. Mr. Chafee received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and his B.A. from Brown University.
TERRY – Director of Safety
Terry has spent 23 years in petroleum products distribution management including acting as Terminal Manager for a major maritime petroleum distribution facility. He was responsible for the stewardship of the entire operation, including safety and environmental compliance, employee and contractor supervision, project management, budgeting, customer and government relations and the daily challenges associated with a rapid-paced working environment. He has a keen safety and environmental focus and has an impressive record including no lost time injuries to staff, contractor or vendors during his tenure as facility manager and no environmental incidents resulting in penalty actions. He has completed many safety, environmental and other training courses over his career. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Finance. He has been awarded three Certificates of Merit from the U.S. Coast Guard for participating in joint industry and Government initiatives.
BRUCE OWENS – Director of Terminal Operations
Mr. Owens is an experienced director with extensive domestic onshore and offshore experience in petroleum production, pipelines and terminals, technology, maintenance, operations, and asset management. He supervised and coordinated operations and maintenance of refined product terminals for Conoco/Phillips from 1991 until 2015 when he retired. The terminals and the pipeline transported and distributed approximately 30,000 – 45,000 barrels of refined products per day through environmentally sensitive High Consequence Areas (HCAs). Mr. Owens led the successful and safe startup and continued operations of a 25,000 barrel per day railcar loading and offloading facility as well as a three-bay truck loading facility in Montana. He has completed pipeline maintenance, operations, and installations in environmentally sensitive US Forest Service lands. His environmental safety focus has led to 0 reportable accidents in the last 5 years and 0 pipeline leaks in the last 14 years. Mr. Owens has had extensive safety leadership, environmental leadership, and other training courses throughout his career. He holds a certificate in Electronic Engineering Technology from R.E.T.S Electronic Institute.
GRAHAM A. VARN – Director of Florida Operations
Mr. Varn brings over 35 years of experience marketing petroleum downstream with industry leaders FINA and Pure Oil Jobber’s Co- Op to support Belvedere’s development. Mr. Varn’s long term and extensive relationships with the southeast’s regional jobbers and petroleum suppliers have been instrumental in securing initial, pre-project contracted volume. Mr. Varn earned his B.A. from the University of Florida.
CHITRA SUBBARAYAN – Director of Real Estate
Chitra Subbarayan has over 20 years of commercial real estate and economic development experience in the Southeast U.S. She uses her background to create projects of value to the community and achieve optimum results for clients in the private sector. She is active in the logistics industry and has focused on existing transportation infrastructure to leverage business opportunities for her clients. Based on changing trends in transportation and market dynamics, she develops strategies to create a lean supply chain based on transportation modes and corridors that best serve the needs of the client.