Joe Armentano is the son of company founder Pat Armentano and literally grew up in the family business. He joined the company in 1976 after graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Fordham University. He went on to earn an MBA in Finance from Iona College in 1988. Joe has served as past president of the New York State Propane Gas Association and has previously served as the chairman of the prestigious Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).
With over 30 years of experience, Dave brings a strategic perspective to the Paraco Gas executive team stemming from his breadth of knowledge of all aspects of running large organizations. Dave is responsible for Sales, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations, working with Paraco CEO Joseph Armentano and the team to set forth the future strategy of the company. His responsibilities will include preparing for and driving growth for the company in all market segments.
Dave is originally from Boston, Mass., where he grew up helping his dad and brothers run a small heating oil business. He has previous experience working at companies such as Pepsi Cola and Nestlé Waters, where he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager for their $700MM home and office water route business. Most recently, Dave worked for Schwan Food Company, a $1 billion frozen food delivery business, as President of their Home Services Division.
Chuck Schwartz joined Paraco in 2007 after serving as CFO at several public companies. Chuck currently serves as a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. He is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College.
Christina is responsible for creating growth opportunities that align with our overall corporate strategy by deploying acquisitions as a strategic tool for transforming the business. Christina previously served as a Director at Cook Associates where she managed client relationships and recruitment initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Cook Associates, Christina held various roles at Vistaprint, a $1B ecommerce company, and Boyden, a global management consulting firm. In addition, Christina has led consulting projects at both Irving Oil and AmeriGas. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and MBA from Babson College. Christina serves on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Energy Council, is an elected member of the New York Propane Educational Research Council (PERC) as well as a Committee Chair for Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE).
Tom Mulligan joined Paraco Gas in April 2017 with an extensive background in leading large route delivery, customer service, and call center operations. In addition, Tom has held senior sales, safety, and process improvement leadership roles. Currently, Tom is responsible for all delivery and service field operations. This includes overseeing the regional managers, customer service, logistics, safety, and fleet operations. Tom is a well-respected leader and developer of people and plays a vital role in the development of Paraco employees and our future growth.
Michelle joined Paraco in 2017 with more than 12 years of human resources experience. Michelle held several leadership roles at a global CPG company for 4 years. She spent her early career at a telecommunications company, where she was able to guide the organization through a period of growth. Michelle is responsible for developing and executing the overall leadership and people strategy in support of the Paraco business plan. This includes sourcing & onboarding, talent & performance management, compensation & benefits, leadership development, company culture, and operational excellence. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Empire State College in Business, Management & Economics with a concentration in Human Resources and several professional HR certifications
Since joining the company in an acquisition in 1989, Mr. Ravo has held positions that include Administration Manager, District Sales Manager and District Operations Manager. Mr. Ravo’s early professional background was in the industrial gas business, where he rose to the position of Operations Manager. His current duties include contracting and managing propane purchases, managing Paraco’s bulk wholesale division, setting up and running the company’s year-end physical inventory and setting up yearly propane parts purchases. Mr. Ravo also manages all the logistics and parts purchasing for Paraco’s Grill Cylinder business segment.
Dan Kostecki joined Paraco Gas in July of 2014 with a background that included more than twenty years of management and sales experience. Dan served as a Northeast Regional Sales Manager at ADT Security Services, where he managed both commercial and residential sales teams throughout the Northeast. Dan won multiple awards with ADT; most recently his team finished both 2012 and 2013 as the #1 team in the company. Dan also owned his own networking business, which specialized in networking for high-end residential homes and small businesses. Prior to entering the technology field he also owned a small chain of four restaurants
Dave joined the Paraco family in June, 2010. He is a Commercial Driver’s License holder for (over) 20 years. His career experience includes various Transportation Operations and Safety roles in both Canada and the United States. He is also a member of the Safety and Training working group of the PERC Advisory Committee and a volunteer FireFighter in Long Island, NY, where he has served as a Chauffeur Trainer for all types of Emergency Apparatus, and regularly instructs Fire Department and Propane Emergencies Training Programs. David is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with Bachelor Degrees in Science and Commerce.
Mr. O’Shea joined the Paraco team in May 2003. He has structured and implemented a technology plan designed to achieve Paraco’s objectives, including the transitioning of all MIS functions of Paraco’s new acquisitions. Prior to joining the company, Mr. O’Shea was Director of Information Systems for Castle Oil Corporation, where he held several management positions in finance, tax and accounting. Mr. O’Shea graduated from Fordham University in 1987 with a BS degree in Finance and received an MBA in Finance from Iona College in 1992.