Meet Our Team

OPIS leadership is comprised of thought leaders and innovators with extensive experience in the downstream energy industry worldwide.

OPIS Founders

Ben Brockwell

Ben BrockwellDirector of Data, Pricing & Information

Started with OPIS in 1980

Ben has played a pivotal role in product development at OPIS and expansion of critical services for OPIS’ broad base of customers from wholesale to retail. Some of OPIS’ most innovative products have come under Ben’s leadership. Ben is considered a leading expert on fuel pricing and trends and has been called upon to explain market conditions at top industry meetings in the U.S. and abroad.  Ben’s recent efforts have been focused on helping the leadership team develop and expand OPIS fuel pricing transparency to international markets including Australia and Mexico.

Tom Kloza

Tom KlozaGlobal Head of Energy Analysis

Started with OPIS in 1980

Tom has covered downstream oil markets for over 40 years. A magna cum laude graduate of St. Francis University, Tom has a degree in English and has analyzed crude oil, refined products, and gas liquids for parts of four decades. He has also written commentary for Marketwatch and is a regular guest commentator for Bloomberg Financial Markets and NPR Marketplace. He provides unbiased and expert commentary for print and electronic media during times of oil volatility, and is regularly quoted in virtually every U.S. and international periodical.

OPIS Senior Management Team

Brian Crotty

Brian CrottyChief Executive Officer

Started with OPIS in 2002

Brian has more than 25 years of experience running database and SaaS platform businesses, with a particular specialty in commodity pricing and supply database business models. Before assuming the CEO role at OPIS in 2002, Brian spent eight years as a vice president of Hart Publications. There he oversaw the Downstream Energy Group, which consisted of magazines, newsletters and a SaaS consulting business.

Brian has a master’s degree in Journalism from American University and an undergraduate degree from John’s Hopkins University. He has served two five-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Specialized Information Publisher’s Association (SIPA).

Linda Herbert

Linda HerbertChief Operating Officer

Started with OPIS in 1994

Linda oversees all of OPIS’s day-to-day operations including pricing, customer service for electronic products, newsletters and conferences, billing and technical support. In addition, she acts as a liaison between OPIS’s IT groups and business heads to ensure the success of new launches, product enhancements and changes to meet customer needs. Linda started with OPIS as a customer service representative and has held various positions before being named COO.

Michael Sinsky

Michael SinskyChief Information Officer

Started with OPIS in 1994

Michael provides strategic oversight for the use of information technology resources in support of the mission and goals of OPIS. As CIO, Michael ensures the structural alignment of technical product development efforts, engages in strategic IT investment planning, oversees IT and Data Governance, and manages the setting IT priorities for the company.

He has more than 22 years of experience leading technology development, operations, and initiatives across large-scale, complex organizations. Prior to serving as OPIS’s CIO, Michael led the Corporate IT Development and Project Management group for UCG, OPIS’s former parent company. Michael has a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Scott Berhang

Scott BerhangVice President of Global Sales

Started with OPIS in 1981

Scott is currently VP, Global Sales, working closely with all OPIS customers on their data subscription agreements. Scott also is very involved in working with all customers on helping them understand how to use OPIS data in reliable, fair fuel agreements, and in general, how to purchase fuel better. Prior to being in charge of Sales, Scott was responsible for all OPIS conferences and educational seminars. At the beginning of his career at OPIS, Scott covered U.S. rack and spot markets, and he also developed the OPIS West Coast Spot Market Report, whose spot prices have been the industry benchmark since 1984.

Robert Gough

Robert GoughVice President of Content

Started with OPIS in 2005

Robert is a career journalist and editorial executive who has been researching and writing about petroleum products, oil, renewable fuels and energy for over 34 years. At OPIS, Bob is in charge of global content including news, conferences and spot price reporting for the company’s internationally benchmarked commodity assessments. He is in charge of identifying and developing new commodity spot market price assessments and enhancing OPIS’s existing product line to ensure relevance, utility and customer value. Bob is also in charge of ensuring OPIS’s adherence to the International Organization of Securities Commission’s Principles for Oil Price Reporting Agencies and the European Union’s Benchmark Regulations.

Prior to joining OPIS, Bob was Editorial Director for Hart Publications and served as a Managing Editor for U.S. Oil Week and C-Store Week, which were later purchased by OPIS. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1983 with a B.A. in English.

Fred Rozell

Fred RozellVice President of Business Development / Retail Pricing Director

Started with OPIS in 1997

Over the past 20 years, Fred has developed the OPIS retail fuels database into the most timely, complete and accurate source of gasoline and diesel pricing available in the market. He has won multiple industry awards for editorial excellence and product development.

In addition, Fred manages strategic relationships with some of the most high-profile and largest consumer companies worldwide, including Apple, Google and Toyota. He is credited with creating a benchmark margin index for retailers that helps measure profit performance against an industry standard. Fred is a graduate of Monmouth University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

Rich Lisauskas

Rich LisauskasPresident of Axxis Software

Started with OPIS in 2001

Rich brings more than 20 years of industry and technology experience including a unique blend of enterprise software, business management, sales and operations expertise. His focus is on helping downstream petroleum companies maximize their use of software and technology when managing fuel supply, distribution and logistics.

Before joining OPIS, Rich was Vice President of Business Development for the Cedar Group, a UK-based publicly traded enterprise software and solutions provider. Rich’s prior experience included eight years as an accountant and consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick and Price Waterhouse (PWC). Rich is a CPA and a member of the AICPA. He is also a member of the AICPA Technology Committee. He holds a BS degree in Accounting from Bentley College.

Randy Rischard

Randy RischardPresident of PointLogic Energy

Started with OPIS in 2012

Randy started his career in energy more than 25 years ago working first for a natural gas pipeline, then a gas utility. He was previously a Vice President at Energy Central, where he built a line of interactive, integrated data and analysis products now owned by Pennwell. Prior to that he was a director for SNL Energy, a division of SNL Financial created with SNL’s acquisition of Io Energy – a company Randy founded and ran as President and CEO. Prior to Io Energy, Randy was Publisher of Financial Times Energy, which merged into Platts in 2001.

Rick Wilkes

Rick WilkesDirector of Marketing

Started with OPIS in 2016

Rick has more than 30 years of experience in marketing management and brand-building for leading B2B information providers across diverse industries, including the Financial Times, Adweek, Fairchild Fashion Media and The Hollywood Reporter.

He comes to OPIS after 10+ years at SNL Financial (now S&P Global Market Intelligence) where he directed the company’s marketing in the energy sector, as well as in banking, insurance, real estate, media & communications and metals & mining. Rick holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Tim Wright

Tim WrightDirector, Europe

Started with OPIS in 2007

Tim is the manager of business development for OPIS in Europe based in the oil shipping community of Donsö in Sweden. He has a distinguished career in oil industry journalism, having worked as the European Editor for Hydrocarbon Processing and, prior to that, having launched a successful refining newsletter and chaired two annual industry conferences for Hart Publications.

Tim has a Masters Degree in Print Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and did freelance writing for several UK newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

Jiwon Chung

Jiwon ChungDirector, Asia

Started with OPIS in 2008

Jiwon is responsible for OPIS operations in Asia. He began his career in the price reporting industry at Platts in 1998 and then moved to Reuters and became Senior Energy Reporter in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Ashland University in Ohio.

OPIS Editorial Team