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Our Team

Our energy market experts have over 100 years of combined experience in the supply, retail and terminal oil business, and over 35 years experience in hedging commodities.

Meet the Hedge Solutions Team

richofficephoto.jpgRichard M. Larkin, President, a veteran of the heating oil industry, founded Hedge Solutions in 1993. Since inception, the company has held steadfast to Rich’s philosophy: “If you educate your client, give him the independent advice that he can’t get anywhere else, stick with proven long-term hedging principles and remain dedicated to timely and relevant analysis, then you have a truly lasting relationship”. Retaining satisfied customers with a passion for performance transparency remains the company’s highest priority. Rich’s business model is rooted in the belief that energy marketers faced with a variety of purchasing options will find value and peace of mind with an independent and trustworthy advocate.


Kirk Blanchard, Chief Financial Officer, formerly CEO of Wyatt Energy and Co-founder of PetroVision and Vertrax, Inc. During his 36 years in the heating oil industry, he has also served as Trustee of Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc., (Wash, DC) ; Vice President and Director of Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Association (Wash, DC) ; and in various capacities with New England Fuel Institute and Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association. He is a former Chairman of the Yankee chapter of The Young Presidents Organization and holds a BS from UNC and MBA-Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Daniel Lothrop, Trader & Analyst, comes to us with a strong background in Economics. He received his B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire. His professional experience includes supply chain management, teaching, and counseling in personal finance.

Rick Trout, Account Executive, has 21 years experience in the heating oil industry. The last 8 of those years capped a 25 year career with Mobil Oil. Rick was the primary developer of the price risk management program that Mobil offered to its heating oil retailer customers. After his early retirement in 2001, Rick was drawn to the small business experience and started a heating oil additives company, Fuel Advantage/Avalux, which he operated and expanded until he sold the company to G. H. Berlin Lubricants in 2010. After a transition period with G. H. Berlin, Rick signed on with Hedge Solutions. He received a B.S. degree from San Jose State University and served 6 years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service.

Domenic Bramante, Controller, joined Hedge Solutions in 2009. He is responsible for General Accounting, Financial Reporting, Cash Management, Billing, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Domenic holds a BS in Finance from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and has 25 years experience of diversified financial accounting and financial analysis in the global communications and high technology industry.