Our Management Team

Jim Lelio — Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lelio has been involved in numerous areas of the midstream energy industry for the past 22 years. His primary areas of focus have been in sales, marketing, finance and M&A transactional leadership at both the business unit and corporate levels. Roles have involved managing businesses as varied as pipelines, storage and logistics for crude & condensates, natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products and biofuels. Prior to starting TopSail Energy, Mr. Lelio held a variety of commercial & finance roles within GATX Terminals Corporation and Koch Industries, Inc. including P&L leadership within Koch Pipelines, Koch Finance and Flint Hills Resources. For the past 15 years Mr. Lelio led commercial efforts for each of the Kinder Morgan, Inc. business units including KM Liquids Terminals, KM Canada, KM Products Pipelines, KM Natural Gas and Corporate Development.

Mr. Lelio received an MBA from the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy (‘87) before embarking on a distinguished career as a naval officer.

Larry Lawyer — Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lawyer has been involved in the upstream and midstream industries for the past 29 years.  He has served in senior leadership roles with a primary area of focus in capital raising, principal investing, M&A, strategy, sales and finance.  Mr. Lawyer has advised and worked with family offices, private equity firms, private and public energy companies and finance firms. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Lawyer has started, grown and managed four different energy asset and service companies and advised and participated on the respective board of directors.  Mr. Lawyer started his career as an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase.

Mr. Lawyer has served as special advisor to three private Board of Directors and served on the Finance Committee for a private for-profit domestic hospital. Mr. Lawyer is chairman for Eyes on Me (an inner-city evangelism and discipleship ministry), chairman for a private education company and a BOD member for United Health Partners.  He also speaks at various energy conferences and is a panelist for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business initiative.

Mr. Lawyer received an M.B.A. degree from the European Institute of Business Administration (“INSEAD”) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management Information Systems from Southern Methodist University.  Mr. Lawyer has a conversational knowledge of French and Spanish and holds a Series 79 and Series 63 securities license.

Jason Aguirre — Vice President / General Manager

Mr. Aguirre has been involved in numerous areas of the energy industry for the past eight years. His primary areas of focus have been in accounting, finance, marketing, deal structuring, project development and M&A transactional support at the business unit level. Roles have involved managing businesses and identifying expansion projects at various terminal locations which handled refined products and biofuels. Prior to partnering with the Management Team at TopSail, Mr. Aguirre started his career in public accounting at Deloitte in their Houston office. At Deloitte, Mr. Aguirre worked in their audit group focusing on Oil & Gas and manufacturing clients (’07-’10). For the past 5 ½ years Mr. Aguirre held positions in finance and business development in the KM Products Pipelines Business Unit participating in multiple expansion projects, due diligence efforts and M&A activity for the business unit. Mr. Aguirre received an MBA from Texas Tech University (2006) and BBA – Accounting from Texas Tech University (2005). Mr. Aguirre still maintains his CPA license in the State of Texas.