About Lykins Energy Advisors
We are a division of Lykins Oil Company, which is one of the top 5 private companies in Cincinnati and top 100 in the state of Ohio. Lykins, founded in 1948, has grown to provide a variety of services on a national level, and has become highly recognized for providing outstanding service for their clients.
Lykins Energy Advisors offers a range of services from sophisticated energy analysis and customized procurement, to resolving delivery utility issues which sometimes involves representing your best interests in front of the Public Utilities Commissions.
Grant us the opportunity to examine your energy situation through a supply audit. We will provide actionable insight and a customized proposal for your business consideration.
Tom Gantzer · General Manager
Tom is the General Manager at Lykins Energy Advisors where he oversees a variety of areas, including utility infrastructure consulting and the sale of services. Tom brings more than 38 years of experience in the regulated and deregulated energy business.
Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Tom was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Innovari Market Solutions where he managed demand response operations nationwide. Responsibilities included regulatory affairs, portfolio risk management, product development, contracts and settlements.
Previously, Tom held positions at Midcontinent ISO, Constellation Energy Group and Duke Energy in the areas of wholesale & retail electricity marketing & trading, utility operations, pricing, tariffs, structured products, acquisitions and retail market development.
Richard Bohon · Procurement Manager
Richard (Rich) leads the procurement effort at Lykins Energy Advisors. This includes overseeing all procurement efforts, hedges, and strategies for Lykins Energy Advisors' clients. He also has responsibilities of managing several major accounts. Prior to joining Lykins as a Team Leader in the Energy Procurement Department, Rich owned his own service company for 10 years where he excelled at applying new technology to outdated processes to produce cost effective and profitable services. His experience in the technical and service industries is a great asset to the team.
Prior to his work in the service industry, Rich spent ten (10) years with Ford Motor Company, as an engineering manager. In the 10 years with Ford Motor Company, he honed his engineering and management skills within Ford’s Manufacturing Management Program on both a national and international basis. Richard holds a MS in Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Scott Erickson · Business Development Manager
Scott is the Business Development Manager for Lykins Energy Advisors. Scott leads the energy advisors within the business development team, the onboarding of new accounts, client education programs, and client retention processes. Scott has an extensive financial, economic development and risk management background. With 30 years of experience within the energy, hospitality, insurance and financial services industries, Scott delivers a unique perspective to client strategies, solutions, business development and risk management processes.
Scott started his career in the hospitality industry. During that time, he was involved with property acquisitions, market analysis for new and existing properties, negotiated national and local cooperative initiatives and led sales and marketing team personnel for multiple property locations. Additionally, Scott’s experience includes 12 years with two global financial services companies. Scott provided oversight in market risk management, liability exposure solutions and professional investment strategies.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, with a concentration in Economics.
Kimberly Rippe - Energy Advisor
Kimberly is an Energy Advisor for Lykins Energy Advisors. As a member of the business development team she builds and maintains client relationships, seeks out new accounts and provides continued education and advice for new and current clients. Kimberly’s professional background with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber brings an awareness of our regions needs, developments and makeup. Her initial, professional background as a teacher brings awareness of peoples differing personalities, learning styles and ways to relate to individuals. The combination is an ideal blend for advising, understanding and assisting clients as we guide them through the procurement process and develop best strategies for each client.
Kimberly holds a Masters degree from Xavier University and a Bachelors degree from Northern Kentucky University.
Jeff Wedgeworth · Lead Analyst and Consultant
Jeff works as the lead analyst and consultant with Lykins Energy Advisors' procurement team where he performs detailed studies, advises on electricity and natural gas procurement efforts, and manages various client relationships. Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, he worked with AEP Energy as an analyst in their residential business. During his time with AEP Energy, he created descriptive and predictive analytics regarding customer attrition, marketing campaigns, and solar feasibility.
At Miami University he led the utilities, analysis, and projections sections of the FY2012 Miami University carbon footprint project and was a member of the Sustainability Committee.
He holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University and a BA in Physics and Philosophy from Oberlin College.
Paul Probst · Analyst
Paul works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where he performs detailed analysis for procurement and consulting assignments. In addition to the procurement analytical work, Paul also performs the real time metering and site billing for Lykins' customers. Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Paul worked three years as a contractor for Electronic Testing Consultants on projects including fiber optic installation, termination and testing, as well as a variety of other assignments including the production of power quality analysis reports for customers. Prior to Electronic Testing Consultants, Paul worked 12 years at CBTS (a Cincinnati Bell subsidiary) monitoring and supporting enterprise customers’ communications networks and computing systems, and the internal systems infrastructure of the Enterprise Network Operations Center. Paul provided security vulnerability analysis reports for customers’ network and computing infrastructure.
Before joining CBTS, Paul spent 7 years working for the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, supporting the College’s computing and network communications infrastructure. And, before that he worked for Comtrax Systems Incorporated, troubleshooting and developing custom software applications for airport authorities.
Paul graduated from God’s Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Math.
Lynn Francis · Analyst
Lynn works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where she performs procurement and support assignments. In addition to her analytical work, Lynn is also responsible for maintaining the efficiency of the Lykins energy advisors office, with billing and account receivable processes. Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Lynn worked for a Cincinnati business as an Accounting assistant where she managed the daily CRM operations, customer credit balances and invoicing. Previous work experience involved her implementation of new technology to streamline purchasing, accounts receivable and invoicing.
Lynn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Gregory E. Elam · Founder of STEP & Consultant
Greg was the founder of STEP Resources, which was acquired by Lykins Energy Solutions in 2015. Since acquiring STEP Resources, Lykins Energy Solutions has launched and expanded their operations through a new division, Lykins Energy Advisors in 2018.
Greg has more than 39 years of experience as an executive and consultant in utility operations, large deal structuring, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and utility infrastructure.
Greg has completed more than $2 billion in transactions and has developed and implemented strategic advice for a variety of companies including Fortune 100 companies--Oracle, Boeing, Sprint, Rubicon Technologies, and Lehman Brothers-- saving these companies millions of dollars. In addition to having expertise in the procurement of commodities, he leads the company’s efforts on site selection, where he has assisted in locating more than $500 million in real estate assets.
Prior to developing STEP Resources, he was founder and CEO of American Energy®, an energy consulting and management firm. Before starting American Energy, Greg was hired by Enron in its embryonic stage to launch its electric trading business, including the development and use of many of the transactions/products that are used today. Before joining Enron, he began his entrepreneurial trek and expanded his horizons by serving as President of Energy Exchange of Chicago, which was the #2 marketer developed in the country. He performed some of the first electricity transactions done by an independent. He began his career in the utility business by spending more than twelve years with the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, managing both short and long term bulk power sales, including the development of several large long term bulk power transactions. He has also managed the utility system operations, which included such life safety tasks as switching and tagging.