Third Coast Commodities, LLC was formed in 2013 with one simple message in mind: To start a new physical merchant with the combined goals of bringing transparency to the world of physical derivative commodities and reducing risk. Since August 2013, we have added four full-time traders who service over 200 companies nationally and internationally in the broader Fats Oils and Grease (FOG)industry: commercial crush, biofuels, restaurant recycling, oleo chemical, animal feed, and heating oil markets. Above all else, we aim to give our clients insight and certainty in trading their industry by-products while ensuring ease of transaction. We service by truck, rail or shore tank, or export. We are proud members of ICIS, AFOA, and NARA.
Get to know who will be serving you!
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 co-products.
Contact for trades involving brown grease, trap grease, fatty acid, and packaged / distressed inventory of FOG.
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.
Lorne has 27 year's experience producing and trading AG and energy commodities. Fats, Oils, Greases, Proteins and Meals trader focused on biofuel feedstocks, industrial intermediates and livestock feed ingredients. Lorne’s passions are playing music, mountain sports, friends, family and travel.
Contact for buying and selling UCO, Tallow, DCO, CWG, Soy Oil, Canola Oil, Camelina, Crude Glycerin, feed fats, meals and proteins.
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.
With over 30 years of experience in the commodity business, Roger has worked and owned small trading businesses and worked for a large rendering company. His last role was working with a medium-sized grease collector and processor in the Canadian market. He has dealt with feed, pet food, chemical, and the bio and renewable diesel sectors over the years. The customer/supplier base has been small mom and pop operations to large multi-national corporations.
Ryans Steuben has over 20 years of experience in soybean processing, biodiesel production, and liquid feed ingredient production. This includes soybean crushing and oil refining operations, biodiesel production from vegetable oils, animal fats, and used cooking oil, feedstock and chemical procurement and logistics for both biodiesel and feed industries, supplier and customer relationship management, production and maintenance scheduling, and budget development and management.
Chelsea is a relative newcomer to the FOG industry. She spent a decade in the world of Ultralight Aircraft. She garnered experience from parts production, managing inventory, running logistics, and accounts receivable. She joined the team at 3CC in 2022 and couldn’t be happier engaging with an industry that is giving us a cleaner planet.
With over three decades in a managerial role overseeing Business Licensing Affairs and Consumer Protection for the City of Chicago, Cheryl retired from her position in 2018. Her expertise in licensing and regulations now informs her current role as a trade floor associate, where she handles compliance and regulatory actions for our trade team.
Clare started working in the Fats, Oils and Protein industry back in 1990. She has worked for trading companies, renderers and restaurant grease collection facilities. Clare has held many positions in various departments, including customer service, finance, accounting, and information systems.
Chris serves as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and is an expert in helping humans make fewer errors when using technology. He is responsible for all technology strategy, from our driver apps to our AI and Web3-enabled compliance reporting. Chris's background includes founding, advising, and investing in multiple technology startups; advising VC funds on Frontier Tech evaluations; serving on various local government and non-profit Boards and Commissions; and roles from Fellow to Visiting Scholar at institutions from the National Center on Technolgy in Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) to Indiana University Ostrom Workshop. Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Glasgow.
Finance professional with over 20+ years of experience in several different key industries including retail, supply chain, and manufacturing. Areas of specialization include: Financial Reporting, Planning, Forecasting, acquisitions, distressed asset management, strategic planning and implementation, supply chain network optimization, offshore manufacturing, Activity Based -Target costing, financial modeling and Leadership
Meet Joe Wilson, a Certified Transportation Professional with over 20 years of expertise. From warehousing to safety and transportation, he's done it all. Most recently, he was the District Transportation Manager at Darling Ingredients, handling all transportation operations for rendering and used cooking oil across the Southeast US. Joe is also active in the National Private Truck Council, where he plays a key role and evaluates Certified Transportation Professional candidates. But Joe's not all work and no play. Outside the transportation realm, he's a dedicated family man, spending time with his fiancée and their 4 kids. And believe it or not, he's also a chess enthusiast and coach. Lately, he's been mentoring a player named Matt Rosen, proving his strategic prowess reaches beyond the transportation world.
Contact for Operations, Human Resources, Chess lessons, Acquisitions
Biosystems Engineering whiz turned Accounting ace, topped with almost a decade of hands-on operations hustle. Matt is our jack-of-all-trades, self described "Unicorn", leading our Marketing department. His technical understanding of our organizations as a whole serves as the great communication pivot between our organization and the greater FOG industry. When he isn't grinding away at the latest project, he enjoys Bowling and Curling, while also continually dominating the company Chess airways.
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 industry's 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 2013, he started Third Coast Commodities 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).
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.
Affects positive change by transforming the engagement relationship across all levels of the organization. Strives to continually align individual needs with business goals by consistently applying data driven solutions. Believes in and harnesses the potential of what one can achieve when their needs are met. Aspires daily to bridge the gap between what is and what could be.