About Skyland Energy

Ed Miller with SadieAt Skylands Energy, we keep step with the past! Yes, the past. We are guided by the values of earlier, more patient times when personal, attentive customer service and ethical business practices were commonplace. We also look to the future for inspiration on the best new products and practices.

Skylands Energy is the consolidation of numerous small, family-owned heating oil companies that have been serving New Jersey for decades. They believed, as we do now, that satisfied employees provide better customer service. When we took the name Skylands in 1998, bringing all our companies under one umbrella, we made it a rule that every employee of every company we merge with has the option to continue employment with us. Most are still with us.

In addition to heating oil, we provide heating system installations, air conditioning service and installation, plumbing repairs and installations. We also offer other petroleum products: diesel fuel, kerosene, and gasoline.

We hope you will join Skylands as we plan for tomorrow, incorporating the best values of the past and newest technology of tomorrow.

Ed Miller, President

Meet Our Team

Ed Miller

Ed Miller

President

Team member since: 1989

In July 1975 I started my first job in the home heating oil business at T. R. Loizeaux Fuel Co. in Plainfield, NJ.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was a perfect fit for me.  I loved the daily personal contact with our customers as we worked to deliver their home heating oil and provide outstanding plumbing, heating & air conditioning service. Later we grew the business by offering the same level of service to gas, electric and propane heated homes and by selling & installing whole house generators.  In 1989, when the Tozzi family sought to retire from their fuel oil business in Raritan, I made the leap from employee to owner, vowing that I would keep the old-fashioned values of dedication to service and commitment to customer satisfaction as the cornerstones of all I would work to accomplish.

I am proud to say that we have been able to stay true to those ideals because of the wonderful people who have joined me since my first day at the helm of Tozzi Fuel in 1989.  I am blessed to have a staff who appreciate the value of each and every customer and who would walk through fire to ensure that they have exceeded our customers’ expectations.  It is especially satisfying to me personally that both my brother Don and my son Craig are part of the Skylands team, making this the quintessential American Family Business.

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter – The ULTIMATE Food Group!

Patricia Ricci

Patricia (Pat) Ricci

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 1994

I have been in the oil business 30+ years, I came to work for Skylands Energy via an acquisition in 1994. I have enjoyed being involved with the growth of our company and the challenges that comes with it.

I am a mother of 4 children and grandmother of 8, which keeps me very busy. In my “free time” I enjoy gardening and trying new recipes.

Favorite Food: Italian first and a good steak second.

Denise Possessky

Denise Possessky

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2000

Hi, my name is Denise and I have a great story about coming to work for Skylands. I worked at a golf range down the street from our Raritan office. Ed would come in most days and hit a small bucket of balls. The office would call me anytime they had to reach him because they knew if Ed wasn’t in the office, he was at the golf range. We would chat and he would joke around with my daughter who came to work with me everyday from the time she was 6 months old right up until she started school. The fall of 2000, Ed asked my employer if he wouldn’t mind “sharing” me, since the golf range was a three season job leaving me unemployed in the winter months. This opportunity was perfect for me and I loved it here so much that it became my full time career. After 17 years at this company, it has come full circle and now my daughter loves to come to the office to visit, chat and joke around with Ed. This was the best career decision of my life and I am lucky to work with such great people , they feel like family and we all know how important that is.

Favorite Food: I love to cook Italian food.

Sadie

Sadie

Employee Care Specialist

Team member since: 2009

Our office became a dog-friendly home away from home when my amazing mom chose me while on vacation.  When she had to return to work, I decided I was much too little to be left alone all day and that my dad should take me work with him. Why not?  He was the boss, after all.  I loved it so much I thought, “Why can’t all of my great office friends be able to bring their puppies to work too?”  Some days there are as many as seven of us dogs in the office. We have a great time and the customers really love us. Our owners need us to help them have a great day and you’ve heard of “Therapy Dogs” haven’t you? Well that’s our job, and it reminds us all that our primary objective is to be kind and take care of others!

Favorite Food: Blue Dog Bakery Peanut Butter & molasses Cookies.

Roberta DeMarco

Roberta DeMarco

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2002

I have been in the oil business for many years. I started off at CPO and then Skylands Energy. I love to help my customers. In my spare time I like flea markets and walking my girl Chloe. I sometimes bring her to work. So if you ever visit the office you might see her here.

Favorite Food: Beef and Dark Chocolate not in that order.

Ron Laster

Ron Laster

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2002

My Name is Ron. I Have been in the fuel oil industry for close to 40 years. I love assisting customers with all their fuel oil needs and also Anthracite Coal needs. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.

Favorite Food: …Pork Chops …on the bone!

Ruby Reuter

Ruby Reuter

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2011

I began my career in the fuel oil industry back in 1984 with a small family-owned business by the name of Y&S Burner Service, located in scenic Hunterdon County, NJ. After 45 years in the industry, my employer felt it was time to finally retire and relax. It was about time, she was 90 years old! So in 2011, she sold the business to Skylands Energy who in turn, offered every one of our employees a job at Skylands. I love what I do here and truly enjoy helping all of my old Y&S customers as well as all of the Skylands customers I have met. In my spare time, I love spending time with my 4 dogs as well as many recreational activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, volleyball and softball.

Favorite Food: Ice Cream.

Kecia Coachman

Kecia Wilcoxson-Coachman

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2013

Hi my name is Kecia (pronounced Keesha). I have worked in the Oil Industry for 24 years. I began working at Skylands Energy three years ago. I love working here and the people in our office are the epitome of Customer Service. I have several hobbies but my favorite is reading. I also like to make jokes and keep an up beat atmosphere in our work environment. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and look forward to continuing my education. One of the reasons I like my job so much is I get to help people.

Favorite Food: Chocolate Cake with Coffee Ice Cream!

Nathalia Colmenares

Nathalia Colmenares

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2017

Hi! My name is Nathalia and I ended up at Skylands over a year after my first interview. I had just moved back from San Diego after being Honorably discharged from the US Navy and I applied for an available position at Skylands. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out at that time but a year and a half later Ed remembered me and when another position opened up, he contacted me immediately. I happily accepted his offer and I’m grateful to be working for a company that prides itself on customer service and is so family oriented. My background includes over a decade of customer service in various industries, including banking. In my spare time, I enjoy outings with my 3 year old son as well as reading and running. I’m fluent in Spanish and I’ll be happy to put my skills to use should the need arise. I look forward to helping our customers to the best of my abilities.

Favorite Food: Cuban, Italian, and Colombian meals. And of course, desserts.

Craig Miller

Craig Miller

VP-Petroleum & Coal Delivery, Fleet, HVACR-BFR

Team member since: 1993

I started working in my family’s business about a year before I went to Vo-Tech for HVAC and graduated in 1994. For my first 10 years I started in the Service Department as a service technician and then later worked more with Installations. In 2004 I came out of the field and now work more in the day to day operations of our company. Whenever I have the chance, I still enjoy getting my hands dirty and you would most likely see me delivering your coal or out in the field. When I’m not working, I love to go RV-ing with my beautiful wife & two daughters. There’s nothing like BBQ and spending time outdoors with my family.

Favorite Food: Breakfast anytime.

Rob Benz

Robert Benz

ASE Certified Mechanic & Fleet Maintenance

Team member since: 2003

As a licensed mechanic since 1993, it is my job to make sure that our fleet is in top condition at all times. This ensures that our delivery trucks and service vans are up to the task and ready to respond to your needs. When I’m not at work I spend my time wrenching on the family race cars, helping my Son and Daughter achieve their dreams behind the wheel.

Favorite Food: Burgers & Fries.

Rick Lewendon

Rick Lewendon

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 1993

I started working for T.R. Loizeaux Fuel Co. right out of High School in 1976. That’s where I first met and worked with Ed Miller. Over the years I worked in a few other jobs but always ended up back working for a fuel oil company. A few years after Ed bought Tozzi Fuel Oil, I had the opportunity to work with him again. We’ve been friends for a long time, we go back about 40 years. I still like working with customers and fuel oil delivery is in my blood. I also love taking family vacations and spending time with my three sisters and two brothers in the off seasons.

Favorite Food: I’m a meat & potatoes guy.

Chris Rizzo

Chris Rizzo

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2006

Oil is in my blood, I’ve worked for “S. Rizzo & Sons, my dad’s oil company since I was 11 years old. I started working for Skylands Energy in 2006 and in 2014 I started “Rizzo Trucking” and now I’m an Owner Operator delivering for Skylands. The most important thing in my life is my son Stevie and I do whatever I can to be the best dad I can be.

Favorite Food: Spaghetti.

Hugh (Mick) Black

Hugh (Mick) Black

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2007

I started working in the oil industry in 1975. I worked for a couple companies but spent the most time working for Stelton Coal & Feed which was acquired by Skylands in 2007. I was a Fireman in South River for 25 years. As often as I can, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 3 great sons and 2 fantastic grandsons, and a wonderful “daughter” in-law.

Favorite Food: I love Lasagna.

James Bilheimer

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2008

After high school I went to college to study computer programing and computer repairs. In 2004 when I was needed I started working for my family’s oil company, A. Bessenyei & Son as a driver. In 2008 when we became part of Skylands, I enjoyed helping to transition our customers to our new company. The thing I like most about the job is working with the customers. Whether it be answering questions or chatting about their family, I love helping and talking with people. In my spare time I still have a knack with computers, but mostly playing computer games with friends. I also enjoy watching Japanese Animation and Documentaries.

Favorite Food: Stuffed Peppers.

Tom Rizzo

Tom Rizzo

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2008

I’m the owner of “TLS Trucking” a company modeled after my father’s business “S. Rizzo and Sons.” I’ve been working in the oil business since I’m 10 years old. I started working for Skylands Energy Service in 2008 as an owner operator delivering oil. In my free time I enjoy fishing & Golfing.

Favorite Food: Italian.

Frank Fischler

Frank Fischler

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2013

I started working in the oil business in 1989 for “Stultz Fuel Co”. I worked there for nearly 24 years when we were acquired by Skylands. I’m a Lifelong resident of Keyport, NJ so when I’m not working I enjoy saltwater fishing and boating. I have two sons, one daughter and I’m a Grandfather to one grandchild.

Favorite Food: Surf & Turf.

Rick Collins

Rick Collins

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2016

I started working in the oil business when I was 13 years old, working with my brother in law who owned “S. Rizzo & Sons”. The next 13 years I delivered Gasoline for a company and I’ve worked the last 30 years delivering heating oil. I started with Skylands last year and I still love driving and working outside. In my free time I love to fish and woodworking is another hobby of mine.

Favorite Food: Italian Food.

Don Miller

Don Miller

VP-HVACR Service & Installation

Team member since: 1991

I came to work for my brother Ed in ‘91 doing new account sales. I became the service manager in ’93 and added delivery department manager to my title in ‘94.  As the Company continued to expand over the years, I eventually became VP in ‘02.  My goal every day is to have 100% customer satisfaction with the Company.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me enjoying family time or with a guitar in my hands.

Favorite Food: Italian dishes.

Larry Shupe

Larry Shupe

HVACR Field Service Supervisor

Team member since: 2000

I started in the oil business with my father’s heating and construction company. I started as a oil delivery person, then went on to become a service technician. I have worked for multiple oil and heating companies over the years. Coming to Skylands Energy in 2000 as a service technician and then promoted to service/field manager.

Favorite Food: Veal Parmesan and Spaghetti.

Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 1996

In High School I started working for William S. Cole & Sons which was acquired back in 1996 by Tozzi Fuel Oil, later known as Skylands Energy Service. I’ve been here for over 20 years now and I will always do my best in making our customers happy.

Favorite Food: Burgers & Shrimp…& Clam Chowder.

Steve Moon

Steve Moon

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 2002

My name is Steve Moon. I immigrated from S. Korea to U.S. with my family in 2002. Since then I have been working at Skylands. I am certified in NATE oil heating, heat pump, heating, gas heating, and air conditioning. I enjoy what I do as a service technician. It is my pleasure. In my free time I enjoy fishing with my son and watching movies.

Favorite Food: Korean BBQ.

Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 2011

I was born and raised in Willingboro New Jersey. I worked as a television repair man for a few years during high school and just after. I started in the heating business working for my uncle in 1988 and I’ve been at Skylands since my uncles passing.

Favorite Food: Lasagna.

Ryan Rubbo

Ryan Rubbo

HVACR Technician

Team member since: 2011

Hi my name is Ryan and my family has owned and worked with coal and oil heat since circa 1902. I’ve always loved mechanical things. Taking apart and figuring out how to fix and put back together. This kind of work fits right in with that so I decided to stay with this trade. Its fun and interesting. It is never the same old thing, it makes you think. Meeting interesting people is never boring either.

Favorite Food: Prime Rib.

Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 2011

Right out of High School I went to Lincoln Tech for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration for a year. I spent the next two years working for RCA Service Company working on Whirlpool appliances. My uncle owned Y&S Burner Service and he offered me a job, that’s where I learned the heating oil business over the next 30 years or so. One of the thrills I still get is to go out and help a customer by repairing their older system, especially when they are worried about spending money they don’t have on a new system.

Favorite Food: Surf & Turf is my favorite meal… but I love Captain Crunch Cereal 24/7!

Everett Brown

Everett Brown

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 2014

My family was in the trade. I started doing this work when I was a child. Other than the USMC I’ve been doing HVAC my entire life.

Favorite Food: Italian.

Ken Medwick

Ken Medwick

HVACR Licensed Master Technician

Team member since: 2016

My father got me into HVAC when I turned 21. I have done service, cleanings and installations. I married the woman of my dreams in 2010. We have 2 children together, a boy and girl. We enjoy shooting pool, kayaking and watching movies.

Favorite Food: Most animals, fish and birds.

Lianne Possessky

Lianne Possessky

Customer Care Specialist

Team member since: 2014

I was born and raised here in Hunterdon County. I enjoy interacting with our customers and catching up with old friends from the neighborhood. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, hanging with friends, watching my son play bass (he’s amazing!), walking the dog and enjoying the great outdoors at the beach or in the mountains.

Favorite Food: My mom’s lasagna.

Rick Stickel

Rick Stickel

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2014

I have been with Hilltop for 14 years and enjoy working for the company. In my free time, I am busy with my 11 grandchildren.

Favorite Food: Pizza.

Jeff Frischer

Jeff Frischer

Petroleum Delivery Professional

Team member since: 2014

I love being an oil truck driver and taking care of Kingwood Park in the summer. I like NASCAR racing and beer.

Favorite Food: Pizza.

Stephen Tipping

Stephen Tipping

Comptroller & Financial Officer

Team member since: 2015

I came back to Skylands Energy in 2015 but have worked with the Company since June 1989, almost at the beginning of my thirty year career in Public Accounting and Finance as a Registered Investment Advisor. I am responsible for the Company’s monthly reporting to management and the yearly reporting to the CPA firms that provide our Reviewed Financial Statements.

Favorite Food: Homemade Chicken and Biscuits.

Frank Bournias

Frank Bournias

Licensed Master Plumber

Team member since: 2002

I like fixing plumbing problems & meeting new people.

Favorite Food: Pizza.

Ted Francisco

HVACR Comfort Care Specialist

Team member since: 2002

I have been in the heating /oil business for almost 30 years. I enjoy meeting people that I can help save money by purchasing new heating and a/c equipment. I am a father of 2 boys and have a new grand daughter with a grandson on the way. Love sports and use to play basketball and football.

Favorite Food: Italian.

George Lauck

George Lauck

HVACR Comfort Care Specialist

Team member since: 2000

I have worked for Skylands Energy since the Fall of 2000. Before that I worked for another local Oil Company for 10 years. Former President, Hunterdon & Somerset County Fuel Dealers Association. Presently, Trustee of The Somerset County Fuel Merchants Association.

Favorite Food: Seafood.

Randy Besman

Randy Besman

Automated Systems Professional

Team member since: 2010

I have a diverse background that includes executive positions in the Hospitality, Transportation, Automotive Aftermarket and Technology industries. I have attended The City University of New York, Hunter College, Rutgers University and Pace University. I don’t actually have a degree, but I am a really good writer.

Favorite Food: Anything Banana.

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