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.

Ext. 700

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.

Ext. 701

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.

Ext. 711

Alysha Owen - Accounting/Back Office

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.

Ext. 702

Shelli Riley - Logistics Manager

Shelli comes to 3CC with a combined of almost 20 years’ experience in transportation and logistics with her most recent roll handling a wide range of responsibilities including customer service, purchasing and logistics for a manufacturing company.  Shelli resides in the Cleveland Ohio area and enjoys days spent at home with her children and family.

Ext. 704

Abbey Dunbar - Trade Execution Associate

Abbey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. During her senior year, she interned at Loyola's Searle Biodiesel Lab, and subsequently discovered her interest in the FOG industry. Abbey started at Third Coast Commodities right after graduation. When she's not at work, she loves to read, do yoga, and explore Chicago with her dog Chunk.

Ext. 705

Nicholas Hoyt - Risk Manager

Nicholas was Vice President at Informa Economics working with various clients-banks, food companies, agribusiness firms and hedge funds-to manage risk across a wide variety of commodity markets. He frequently presented at conferences, taught at seminars and worked on a variety of projects across the commodity space. Prior to joining Informa Economics, Nicholas managed risk for Bunge's oilseed and softseed processing business. He gained broad experience in trading grain and other commodity futures. He has gained experience in a number of global offices focusing on regional and global commodity flows. Nicholas graduated from the University of Chicago with a focus in Public Policy and Economics.

Ext. 712

Anthony Pellegrino - Transport Consultant

Anthony is a Certified Transportation Professional that has been involved in the transportation industry since 1990. Before joining Third Coast Commodities Mr. Pellegrino co-founded Greentree Logistics, Inc where he managed their Specialized Tanker Division & Brokerage before its sale in February 2018. Anthony has held positions in Fleet Management, Safety, Operations, Risk and Business Development in both large and small companies across the transportation industry. At 3CC, Anthony focuses on developing a transportation strategy & process to maintain world class service for their customers and suppliers. Anthony is an active member of the National Renderers Association, National Safety Council & National Private Truck Counsel, which he has served on its Advisory Board & Safety Committee.

In his free time, Anthony likes to cook and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Ext. 713

Stephen Tuscher - Chicago Office Manager

Stephen Tuscher is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability. As the office manager, he works on many projects involving environmental compliance, office operations, intern hiring, & more. Outside of the office, Stephen enjoys bike rides, dark beers, and drag shows.

Ext. 706

Kelly Dickerson - Operations 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.

Ext. 707

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).

Ext. 708