The TLR Energy Team


Michael S. Thaler: Founder and President Environmental Markets Group

       Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York; Michael Thaler graduated SUNY Binghamton in 1987 with a B.S. in Accounting. Upon graduation he practiced as a Staff Accountant for Rochlin, Lipsky, Goodkin, Stohler LLP, a mid-sized C.P.A. firm. In September of 1988, Michael joined the team at Astroline Inc., at the time the second largest private oil trading company in America, where he was a Futures and Options clerk and managed their clearinghouse. In 1990 Michael established TLR Energy as a Natural Gas and Crude Oil trading and brokering firm, having participated in the trading of Natural Gas futures since its inception and having had a positive influence on its success and progress. Since 1999, Michael has been on the NYMEX Charitable Foundation (NCF) facilitating the raising of many millions of dollars and dispersing the funds to hundreds of local charities. Currently Michael spearheads green projects on behalf of NCF.


       Michael Thaler now serves as President of the Environmental Markets group at TLR Energy, leading and managing all aspects of its environmental markets business. With today's technology providing efficient and instant market price data, Michael knows that exceptional brokering is about solving logistics and supreme client service, which are the standards he has established for TLR Energy. Michael Thaler was an invited attendee at the World Business Summit on Global Climate Change in Copenhagen and continues to work to mobilize collaboration for businesses to be part of the solution to climate change.

Azmin Yusof: Vice President of Business Development

       Azmin has over ten years of financial consulting experience. He began in 2000 as a Financial Analyst with a Boutique Quantitative Financial Consulting firm with last titled as Quantitative Financial Consultant in mid 2009. His passion for alternative energy lead him to an adhoc market research project as part of a team assisting Indo BioFuels Energy analyzing suitable energy intensive clients based on their business strategies, supply chain models, fuel requirements, legislation mandates, government subsidies, trade barriers and existing infrastructure: completed in 2010. Azmin joined TLR Energy in the role of sourcing and procurement of various energy products and other natural resources such as CPO focusing within the ASEAN region. Azmin is a 2000 graduate of Duquesne University with a double major in Finance and Investment Management.


Jonathan Webb: Vice President of Business Development

       As the founder of Simple Choice Solutions, Jonathan Webb has worked with developers, organizations, and landowners both domestically and internationally to advise on the development of renewable energy facilities. He has worked with governments in the Middle East to harvest untapped wind and solar resources and has been outspoken for renewable energy in the US. In Washington D.C., he has expressed the need for renewable devolvement in the offices of both Senators and Congressmen. He has also worked at the state level with the Department of Energy, particularly in the coal state of Kentucky, to express the need for renewable energy and discussed the need for alternative development with advisors for the state Governor. Mr. Webb is a graduate from the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Marketing and is currently based out of New York City. Jonathan joins the team at TLR Energy to apply his passions in physical commodity trade, and renewable energy finance. 



The Team


 Jason L. Kaplan

       Jason is an associate with the law firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC. Jason represents clients in environmental and land use matters in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. He also represents corporations and individuals in business and real estate transactions involving environmental due diligence and environmental regulations as they relate to those transactions. Mr. Kaplan counsels clients about environmental regulatory compliance and investigation and remediation of contaminated properties, including superfund sites, brownfield sites, and petroleum impacted sites.

       Before joining the Firm, Mr. Kaplan was a law clerk for General Electric Company, where he focused on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) matters on behalf of the Corporate Environmental Program’s EHS management. Mr. Kaplan also served as a legal intern in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office, and on the Environmental Team at Holland & Knight’s Washington D.C. office.
       Jason has been appointed as the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Co-Liaison to the Environmental Law Section, as well as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Section’s Membership Committee. Mr. Kaplan is also a Young Professionals Group member of the Nature Conservancy.
       Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Connecticut. He graduated from Colgate University cum laude with a B.A. in geology (2006) and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master of Studies degree in Environmental Law and Policies, cum laude, from Vermont Law School (2009). Mr. Kaplan was a Notes Editor on the Vermont Law Review.

Claire Costello: Director of Sustainability 

      Claire is a Sustainability Consultant with experience in environment, carbon management and sustainability across industry, construction, company operating procedures and event management. Claire worked as the Sustainability lead on the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Prior to this she worked at major international engineering consultancies on multi-million dollar projects across a number of technical areas on the green agenda including carbon management and environmental management. Most recently Claire has been writing Environmental Policy documentation for businesses within New York.
      Claire brings to TLR Energy her experience in technical areas including reducing embodied carbon, providing energy management strategies in addition to advising on water efficiencies, ethical sourcing, waste management, sustainability reporting and corporate social responsibility.  Claire has produced and implemented sustainability strategies for high profile projects while using negotiating skills to manage numerous parties’ expectations.

      Claire is an experienced manager who has focused on engaging and motivating teams to ensure delivery of challenging technical targets whilst adhering to tight deadlines. She has also spoken at a number of high profile industry events on environmental issues. Core skills include: Carbon management, environment and sustainability expert, problem solver, project delivery, negotiator, clear and concise communication, stakeholder and consultation management.

Lyle Landon: Communications Director/Energy Management Consultant
       As the Communications Director she is responsible for internal and external digital and written communications and developing industry association, government and media partnerships. Her responsibilities as Energy Management Consult are focused on commercial, non-profit and large residential clients for energy procurement and environmental upgrades. Her interest in “green” began when she was publisher of the B2B magazine, Kitchen & Bath Business, where she worked with LEED designers and architects creating green curriculum for seminars, conventions and trade shows in the US, Brazil and China and worked with manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the sustainability their products and processes.

      Most recently Lyle was publisher of Sustainable Plant: Responsible ROI for Industrial Facilities, which enabled her to work with leading companies such as Rockwell, SAP, ABB, Schneider Electric, etc. Previously Lyle spent 15+ years working in executive positions at top US media companies - Scholastic, Meredith, Hearst - and has also helped launch two start-ups.  Her academic background includes graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University, followed by securing an MA in Industrial Psychology from NYU, and most recently completing the cleantechExecs course at NYU-Poly.  She's currently a member of Advertising Women of New York (past Member of the Board of Directors), ISSP (International Society of Sustainability Professionals) and serves as Co-Chair of the Montclair (NJ) Environmental Commission which advises on water/energy/waste management, transportation, recycling, land use, renewables, conservation, etc. She is a featured speaker at the Green Meeting Industry Council in the fall of 2013.  She can be reached at 201-247-0288 and


Nick Parker: Director International Business Development

       Nick joins the TLR team bringing his experience as President of Energy Power Light LLC, where he worked on energy efficiency, renewable power generation and cleantech solutions. He was Deputy Energy Policy Advisor for Commissioner Bator at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and is a former member of the Energy Committee of the NYC Bar Association.
       Nick's experience at the United Nations, as a Consultant for the Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Public Information adds a unique perspective to serving international clients. With The UNESCO, he served as a Secretary General of the Conference Secretariat on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace. For the UNEP, he was a Special Projects Advisor to the former UNEP Director. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the United Nations.

       He has given more than 20 public presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, including a speech in Washington DC, " The US and the UN: Partners for Peace". His article, "Stopping Market Manipulation: Regulation of carbon dioxide emissions allowance trading under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and potential federal programs", was a resource for the program on National Policy and Carbon Trading for the American Council on Renewable Energy ( ACORE), Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment Energy and Resources, and the Renewable Energy Committee of the Energy Bar Association.

        Nick was a child chess prodigy, winning United States National, New York State and New York City Scholastic Championships by age eight, and competing in international tournaments on three continents. He received his BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and was a Philosophy affiliate at University College London.He received his JD from Rutgers Law School, where he was on the Moot Court Board, National Mock Trial Competition, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. 

Sam Pinto: Director of Water management

       Sam has been a part of the environmental services industry since 1999. dealing with multiple aspects of construction and environmental consulting, Starting in his family's environmental services company specializing in indoor air quality and damage remediation. While there, obtaining his Water Damage Technician certification and his OSHA Hazwhopper. Since then, he has moved on from that company and has established his relationship with TLR Energy, servicing national clients with water filtration systems and purification difficulties. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Water Specialist. He has been published in multiple magazines and newspapers, has participated in writing points for the LEED accreditation process. Sam joins TLR energy specializing in water quality services, and water cost reduction strategies.Sam can be reached at

Scott Miller - VP Business Development

       Scott recently joined TLR Energy after moving to New York from DC where he taught and coached at The Landon School in Bethesda, MD.  A graduate of St. Lawrence University (2001), Scott majored in Government and Economics, while also being a member of the Varsity Baseball and Football teams.  Scott's focus is now on helping commercial and multi family residential properties cut energy and water costs and improve their operational efficiency.  He will look to spread the TLR brand to the Mid Atlantic region, where he spent the last 10 years.  Scott is an avid musician. Scott can be reached at

Tim Meyer - VP Business Development


      Tim Meyer has been deeply involved in the Industrial Process Controlindustry for the past 25 years.  His expertise ranges from SCADA systems, machine-2-machine monitoring, intelligent sensors, solar power systems and wireless networking. Tim brings to the TLR team his vast involvement in renewable energy as a co-founder and CTO of DirectNu Energy, a Silicon Valley startup building solar-powered EV (electric vehicle) charging systems and carports. His expertise is in off-grid wind/solar systems, EV charging networks and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).Tim has also co-founded a series of mobile startups. As CEO and co-founder of Crisp Wireless, he pioneered mobile multimedia applications for Nokia, Motorola, Sony BMG and AT&T. Prior to that Tim was the co-founder of room33, the first carrier independent WAP portal based in Stockholm, Sweden. 
       He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has attended the Cleantech Executive Program at NYU-Poly. He is also on the Sounding Board of the Columbia Business School.Tim is the author of provisional patents in the field of electric car fast charging, turbine noise suppression, treetlight communication protocols and EV charging authentication. Tim can be reached at

Daniel Doyle – Energy Management Consultant

       Daniel achieved his bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies and Classical Languages from Fordham University in May 2011. As a student, he became passionate about energy sustainability and environmental responsibility, in addition to his wide-ranging studies. While studying abroad, he interned at Wild Jordan, an ecotourism organization based in Amman. As an intern, Daniel gained familiarity with the makeup of the Jordanian environment as it relates to socioeconomics, as well as with the problems of water scarcity, deforestation, and pollution as they relate to politics. Since his graduation, Daniel joined the energy industry with TLR Energy as an Energy Management Consultant. His experiences will enable him to work with burgeoning sustainable energy markets such as those in the Middle East and elsewhere. He speaks Arabic, and is based in New Jersey. Daniel can be reached at


Paul Tuminaro: Midwest Operations Manager


       Paul has worked professionally in Chicago for over 25 years, beginning his career in the legal field and then moving into finance working for Pru Bache on the CBOT Bond Trading Floor and then on Project A and Globex as an auxiliary trader for the New York Trading Desk. Later stints included Asian and early European shift electronic and exchange execution for BofA Futures and ChiCorp. His financial background includes work in Risk Management, Proprietary Software Development in both Institutional Futures and Hedge Fund Sales and Marketing. His work on numerous charitable boards led him to attend a symposium at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He came away wanting to have his work dovetail with his environmental values. Paul now utilizes his substantial business, charitable and political relationships to grow TLR Energy's Midwest operations. Paul can be reached at

Jeff Picard: Sales Washington, D.C.


       Jeff brings a government experience to the TLR Energy team, having served as a Legislative Intern at The Office of Massachusetts State Senate President and on a federal level as a development professional for the US Agency for International Development.. Jeff also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, and has expertise resolving complex challenges in resource-constrained settings.

       Jeff graduate from Boston College in 2006, having studied philosophy, history and Pre-Law and serving as President of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. His passion for cutting-edge energy development and knowledge of the DC market enables him to offer creative solutions from a menu of options to meet their energy needs.

Jack Alvo: Sales Manager

       Jack has over twenty years of Wall Street and real estate experience. He began in 1986 as a clerk on the floors of both the NYSE and ASE in the junk bond business with direct lines into Drexel Burnham Lambert. His financial experience includes stints as an institutional currency broker with Tullet Prebon on the forward swap desk, a proprietary equity trader for Schonfeld Securities, in 1999, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley and, in 2004, a real estate broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman. In 2007, he built a trading desk for Rochoet NY, Inc., a prime manufacturer and full-service refiner of platinum group metals. In 2010, he completed the cleantechExecs program at NYU-Poly.Jack is a 1986 graduate of Babson College and is a vital member of the TLR Energy Sales Team. Jack can be reached at

Ronit Leora: Business Development and Energy Efficiency Project Management

       Ronit Leora is PMP® (Project Management Professional) certified and has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver multimillion-dollar, complex, enterprise-wide and international projects on time and on budget. She completed her Project Energy Professional Level 1 (PEP) certificate at CheetahPower, an accredited Project Management Institute course for energy efficiency and obtained the requisite skills to lead energy improvement and renewable energy projects. Additionally, Ronit attended the CleantechExecs program at NYU-poly. For over 15 years, Ronit has been a strategic advisor with expertise in creating business roadmaps and optimizing online customer experiences. She has built interactive brand value propositions and identified product expansion opportunities for multiple industries; comprising financial services, technology, advertising and philanthropy. Her clients have included: Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Development Bank of Singapore, IBM, SUNDAY Mobile in Hong Kong, Grey Advertising and UJA-Federation of New York. Passionate about environmental sustainability, Ronit advocates for various organizations to influence congressional legislation regarding climate change issues; including, Environmental Defense Fund, NRDC and New York League of Conservation Voters. Ronit can be reached at






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