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Fred Lord Joins Cetane Associates

Cetane Associates announced today that industry veteran Fred Lord has joined its team of financial advisory professionals as Managing Director.  Mr. Lord brings over 40 years of experience in the delivered fuels industry in various operational and financial management roles.  Before joining Cetane, Fred had been with HOP Energy and its predecessor as its corporate treasurer for over 25 years where he worked on over 50 acquisitions and multiple re-financings.  Fred has been active in industry trade associations and is currently on the executive committee of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.

Fred Lord

“Fred has been involved in numerous acquisitions during his career. He will really help us extend the capabilities of our transaction execution team in a very beneficial way. Fred brings wide-ranging experience and a friendly manner that can be so important in bringing deals across the finish line,” remarked Steve Abbate, Senior Managing Director and owner of Cetane Associates.

Fred commented, “I’ve been on the other side of the negotiating table from the team at Cetane and had really grown to respect how they worked on behalf of their clients. I see great growth potential for the firm in the coming years and am very excited to contribute to that effort.”

About Cetane Associates:

Cetane Associates, LLC is a leading provider of financial advisory services to owners of businesses in the retail energy distribution industry. Clients engage Cetane to advise on sales, spin-offs, and acquisitions, as well as perform valuation and ad hoc corporate finance assignments. For more information, please visit

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We were very pleased to have such a knowledgeable and experienced company in our corner with the team at Cetane. It was obvious that they knew the best process and how to get the ball over the goal line. Their advice throughout the process was greatly appreciated and we thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

— Steve Lombardi, Brodeur’s Oil, Moosup, CT