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www.fueloilnews.com | FUEL OIL NEWS | JULY 2018 37 BIO: Shane Sweet is an energy and manage- ment consultant with clients in the heating oil, propane and motor fuel sectors, a partner with the firm of Lake Rudd & Company. Sweet is the executive director and technical director for the New York Propane Gas Association. He served the industry as president and CEO of the New England Fuel Institute from 2007 to 2011, and as executive vice president/direc- tor and lobbyist for the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association from 1993 to 2007. CONTACT: Sweet lives in Wilmington, Vt., and may be reached at shanemsweet@gmail. com or 802-558-6101 cell/text. Suggestions by readers for future col- umn content, as well as general comments are welcome. www.linkedin.com/pub/ shane-sweet/7/a52/701 Shane Sweet OPERATIONAL INSIGHT A Good One: Kevin Rooney T h e O i l h e a t i n d u s t r y l o s t a good one in June with the passing of Kevin Rooney. As CEO of the L ong Isl and Oi l Heat Institute for 3 6 y e a r s , Ke v i n was a passionate trade association executive, staunch supporter, and advocate for the oilheat industry on Long Island and beyond, respected oilheat author- ity amongst the members of the oilheat universe, a trusted confidant, advisor, and friend. It was a privilege and honor to work with Kevin over the years as a fellow energy industry trade associa- tion executive. I met Kevin for the first time when I was the executive for the Vermont Oil Heat Institute back in the early 1990s. I have this vision seared in my mem- ory of a photo of Kevin from one of the trade magazines at the time. He was address- ing a group from a podium and he looked very "formi- dable." When I mentioned this to Kevin years later, he just laughed, and said something akin to "It was just a fa├žade." "Kevin and I walked the halls (of government) for years. He was a stand-up guy and I was always learning something from Kevin," said John Maniscalco, former president of the New York Oil Heating Association, who worked closely with Kevin for 25 years. "We complimented each other in many ways: Kevin loved the politics of the trade associa- tion business. However, he did not care as much for the business of running the association. We were POLAR opposites in that regard." In addition to the 36 years with the Oil Heat Institute of L.I., Kevin served as director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He was nominated for the position by President Ronald Reagan, following his role as an energy policy advisor during the 1980 presidential cam- paign and subsequent transition. His background included time spent in both Albany and Washington as director of legislative and public affairs for the L.I. Lighting Co. and the Edison Electric Institute. On occasion his past life came up in discussion, and I recall him taking some ribbing from the oilheat association execs who knew him; usually having something to do with coming over from the "Dark Side" (the utilities) to work with the good guys. This column was to have been on the Jones Act, but Kevin's passing changed that. For those who did not know him well, Kevin had been pursuing another graduate degree (in his spare time, he said), and one of the papers he was involved with was on the Jones Act. See a copy at https://tinyurl.com/ JonesActKevinRooney or in the obituary for Kevin pub- lished at www.fueloilnews. com, which includes a link to the paper. Thanks to Sean Cota for sharing this with us. Bruce Fuhrmann, chair of OHILI, probably summed it up best this week: "It is said that no one is irreplaceable, but Kevin came very close to achieving that unique status. His skills, talent, enthusiasm and total dedication to our industry and our association will be sorely missed." Goodbye, old friend. l F O N Kevin had been pursuing another graduate degree (in his spare time, he said), and one of the papers he was involved with was on the Jones Act.

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