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About Cetane

Cetane Associates provides hands-on merger and acquisition advisory services for privately held companies. We guide our clients through the process from start to finish while maintaining absolute confidentiality. We offer a level of expertise seldom found in the industry. Our goal is to maximize your value, provide peace of mind and get the deal done.

At Cetane, we work closely with our clients to understand their business and their needs. We address anxiety and concerns with experience and integrity and offer choices and solutions. We excel at negotiating transactions in our client’s best interest while maintaining balance to complete win win scenarios. We stand by our proven track record of closing transactions and our client’s gratification with how we worked with them to assure complete satisfaction.

Meet the Staff

Experience, integrity, professionalism, peace of mind and results are what we offer.

Steven AbbateSteven Abbate, Managing Director

Email: sabbate@cetane.net
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Steve has been providing M&A advisory services for most of his career. In addition to his track record of completing over seventy successful transactions, he has consulted with and performed financial and operational evaluations on hundreds of businesses throughout the U.S. As the founder and President of Cetane Associates LLC, he has been the driving force behind the company’s success.

Steve grew up in the energy industry and held senior level positions at Griffith Consumers Company, HOP Energy and Griffith Energy Services before forming Cetane Associates. Since starting the business he has consulted with several top tier energy companies including Paraco Gas, C H Energy Group, Dennis K. Burke, Getty Realty, James Devaney Company, Townsend Oil & Propane and The Dead River Company to name a few.

In addition to driving the company’s M&A Advisory Services, Steve heads the company’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice. Steve has been active in five home energy bankruptcy cases. He is a certified energy industry bankruptcy appraiser, has completed a successful 363 bankruptcy sale and has served as a Chief Restructuring Officer.

Mr. Abbate is a published contributor for several industry publications where his articles have covered subjects on improving operational efficiencies, business valuations, hedging techniques, cash flow management and mergers & acquisitions. He has also been interviewed by Fuel Oil News on acquisition strategy, business development and ownership transition. As a regular speaker at the Atlantic Region Energy Expo and the New England Fuel Institute Expo and Visions conference, he has covered subjects including Acquisitions, Valuations, Process Improvements, Cash Flow Management and Strategic Planning.


Doug 1Doug Woosnam, Managing Director

Email: dwoosnam@cetane.net
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It is difficult to speak with anyone in the home energy industry who does not know or has not heard of Doug Woosnam. As a forty plus year veteran of the industry Doug has gained a reputation as an industry advocate and a champion for his clients. Doug strives to always do the right thing and his reputation is synonymous with integrity.

Doug began his career in a family owned business, Sinkler Inc., in Southampton, PA. After modernizing the business and growing the company by providing unparalleled customer service, he sold the business to Petroleum Heat & Power Company (Petro) and joined the company as Director of Governmental and Industry Affairs. While working for Petro and subsequently Star Gas Partners, Doug excelled in his position of Director of Acquisitions.

Doug eventually moved on to work for The SICO Company and Leffler Energy where as General Manager he excelled in turn around management and process improvement. Eventually Leffler was sold to Star Gas Partners and he returned to head up the Southern Zone acquisition program.

Doug has always been deeply involved as an industry leader and continues to contribute through his role as a member of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Board of Directors and Chairman of the Heating Fuels Committee; Member of the Oil and Natural Gas Security Council for the US Department of Homeland Security; Member of the Board of Directors and Associate Treasurer for the Better Home Heat Council.

Josh.CropJoshua Wolf, Director

Email: jwolf@cetane.net
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Joshua Wolf is a former corporate and investment banker with 11 years of relationship and credit portfolio experience in lending to investment grade and leveraged customers throughout the US energy sector. His sector expertise covers upstream, midstream, refining, and oilfield service. He has held marketing and analytical positions at Mizuho Corporate Bank (USA), ABN AMRO Bank N.V., and Credit Lyonnais. Mr. Wolf has a Bachelor of Business from Emory University and holds the CFA designation. In his off hours, Mr. Wolf volunteers as an EMT with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in Silver Spring, MD and sits on the board of the Kemp Mill Civic Association.