Meet the team
Dan Weiss
Senior Trader
Dan Weiss has been in the Fats, Oils and Grease Industry since 2007. He began his career, boots on the ground in oleochemical plants, and sampling and testing in labs. Today he trades physical commodities with Third Coast, finding a home for even the most obscure coproducts.
Contact for trades involving brown grease, trap grease, fatty acid, and packaged / distressed inventory of FOG.
Nichole Farrell
Trader
Nichole graduated from Kent State University in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. She has seven years of experience in the biodiesel industry from her time at Hero BX and has been with Third Coast since 2015. She loves to travel, read, stay involved in her church, and spend as much time as possible with her growing family.
Contact for trades involving distillers corn oil, used cooking oil, choice white grease, poultry fat, and tallow.
Dave Darcy
Trader
Dave has been involved in trading since 1999 and brings a wealth of experience to Third Coast. From 2009 onward he has solely focused on the biodiesel industry. Dave has worked for multiple companies in the biodiesel industry including rendering, trading, and production companies. Dave graduated from NYU Stern and resides on the New Jersey shore. He loves traveling, running, and the Buffalo Bills.
Contact for trades involving used cooking oil and yellow grease.
Rob McHugh
Trader
Rob entered the biodiesel world back in 2006 where he cut his teeth running a private UCO lab outside of Chicago. Upon closing his lab, he moved into the city to form a small outreach and UCO collection company, Chicago Biofuels. Here, he closely worked with Loyola University's Biodiesel program to aid in the logistics side of production. Rob's family lives just outside the city and he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, teaching them how to play guitar and sing. He also spends his summers helping his friend keep bees.
Contact for trades involving used cooking oil and packaged / distressed inventory of FOG.
Alysha Owen
Logistics Coordinator
Alysha started out her career in hospitality and customer service but needed a change due to the monotony of the same complaints every day. She decided to go in to trucking with the Kroger Company, moved to CR England, and eventually found her way to 3CC in 2016. She loves the FOG industry because it is ever-changing, fast-paced and different. Alysha lives in Rushville, IN with her mini-me daughter, Maleigha. She has an Associate degree in Accounting and Business Administration and is currently enrolled at Ball State, working on completing a Bachelor's degree in Business Mgmt. She loves to read and spend time outdoors when she has free-time. She coaches little league and volunteers everywhere she can.
Gabrielle Habeeb
Merchandising Assistant
Gabrielle graduated from Loyola in 2016 from the Institute of Environmental Sustainability with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. She began at Third coast as an Intern in January of 2017 and has since joined the team as the Merchandising Assistant.
Tim Stotz
Outreach and Information Systems Specialist
Tim graduated from Loyola in May of 2017 from the Institute of Environmental Sustainability with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Information Systems. Tim is the creator of the new Third Coast website and the head of Third Coast's media outreach. In his free time, he enjoys writing music and going out to eat at Chicago's restaurants any time he can.
Kelly Lavaway
Office Manager
Kelly is the Office Manager for Third Coast, providing support services to the trading team as well as performing A/R & A/P functions. She spent 10 years at Marriott as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager where she honed her highly effective organizational skills. She left Marriott in 2009 when she reinvented herself by getting her Associates from MalcolmX as a Radiographer. She currently divides her time between Weiss Hospital in Chicago, IL as a Radiographer, farming her 70-acre organic farm in Buchanan, MI, and 3CC as Office Manager.
Contact for all insurance requests and Renewable Fuel Standard concerns.
Paul Dickerson
President
Paul brings nearly 20 years of experience to the Fats, Oils and Grease business including sales, marketing, grease collection and trading. Most recently, he was the Senior UCO trader for one of the industries top commodity trading companies. While there, he helped manage a book that traded over a billion lbs of fat from 2008 to 2013. In August of 2013, he started Third Coast Commodities with the aim to bring a new perspective to an older business model. Paul resides in Michigan with his wife, whom he met while attending Georgia Southern University. He is an avid cyclist and voracious reader, who also enjoys good food and working on his farm.
Contact for trades involving proteins and veg oil (palm, soy, canola, coconut).
Bea Cabrera
Filmography Intern
Bea is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago's School of Communications film and media production program. As the filmography intern, she is working on lab tutorial and promotional videos for Third Coast Commodities. In her free time, she enjoys long hikes, ice cream, and contemplating the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Stephen Tuscher
Environmental Intern
Stephen Tuscher is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability. As the Environmental Intern, he contributes to research and logistics projects for 3CC. Outside of the office, Stephen enjoys bike rides, dark beers, and RuPaul's Drag Race.