Linden Energy Services has assembled a blue-chip team of pipeline, energy and finance professionals to build the company.
Michael W. Allman – Chairman of the Board
Mr. Allman is a former executive with Sempra Energy, where he held positions including Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas, President and CEO Sempra Generation, CFO of Sempra Global, and Vice President of Business Development among other roles. Prior to Sempra Energy, Mr. Allman was a partner with LEK Consulting. Mr. Allman brings broad experience in areas such as wind generation, solar power, smart grid, natural gas power plants, pipelines, energy trading, energy efficiency rebates, and battery storage technology. He is actively involved in boards and as an advisor for companies involved in renewable energy, smart energy infrastructure, solar power and technology. Mr. Allman serves as Chair of the Audit committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation committees. Mr. Allman holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Paul J. Coviello – Vice Chairman & CEO
Mr. Coviello is the Managing Partner of various Linden Companies and has been in the investment community for over 32 years. He began his career in 1981 and founded Linden Asset Management in 1992. He served as CEO until early in 2013 and now devotes his time to the management of the Linden Companies including the Linden Growth Partners and the Linden Phull Fund Group. During his career, Mr. Coviello organized Linden Growth Partners LP, Linden Global Partners Ltd, Linden Phull Growth Partners, LP and Linden Community Bancshares, LP. In 2001, he participated in the organization of the newly created Landmark Bank (LDKB) where he served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of National Holdings (NHLD) for three years. Mr. Coviello now serves as a director of 3 pre IPO companies. He is a graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics. He attended the graduate economics program at the State University of New York and completed the Harvard Business School’s Private Equity and Venture Capital program.
Joseph Krall, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Krall began his career in Public Accounting with a regional CPA firm in Pennsylvania, where he spent 15 years beginning as a staff accountant and culminating as a partner. In 2000, Mr. Krall entered private industry as Chief Financial Officer of a mid-size manufacturing and industrial services company and later served as its President. Mr. Krall currently acts as Chief Financial Officer or financial advisor to several domestic and international companies.
Mr. Krall holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania. He is a past Chairman of the Board of LeanJax, a non-profit consortium of businesses engaged in continuous improvement and a past committee board member of Financial Executives International. Mr. Krall also has served on various boards of private companies.
Mark Cleaves – Vice President & General Counsel
Mark’s practice is concentrated in the areas of securities, business representation and energy law. His experience representing businesses is wide ranging, including: corporate finance/business formation; mergers and acquisitions; securities law; taxation; general corporate and commercial law; private offerings; tax; trade secrets; strategic partnerships/joint ventures.
Mark began his post-graduate legal career as Counsel to the United States Securities Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance. He was responsible for the primary legal services of domestic and international corporate financings associated with public/private securities offerings, changes in control, complex recapitalizations, tender and exchange offers, and “roll-up” transactions.
After leaving the SEC in 1991, Mark joined the legal team at Columbia Energy Group, Inc. – a large multinational vertically integrated energy company. He was responsible for the legal work associated with corporate finance and commercial transactions, including international and domestic acquisitions/divestitures; public offerings and private placements of common stock and debt securities; and negotiation of trust indentures, credit facilities and other financing documents.
In 1991, Mark became Principal, Columbia Energy Ventures, a division of Columbia Energy, and then Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations, Business Development and Strategic Planning at Columbia Propane, Inc./Columbia Petroleum Corporation. As a principal at CEV, he was responsible for merger and acquisition advisory services for Columbia Energy’s non-regulated energy business. He structured, negotiated and financed dozens of acquisitions in the retail propane and oil and gas exploration and production industries ranging in value from just under one million to over $250 million. During his tenure at Columbia Propane/Columbia Petroleum, these subsidiaries combined represented a revenue stream of $320 million, employing about 2,000 employees. At the time of its sale, Columbia Propane was the fourth largest LP company in the U.S.
Most recently, Mark was Chief Executive Officer of and counsel to North American Propane, a holding company, and its three operating subsidiaries which were engaged in the diversified retail energy markets whose principal businesses were the retail and wholesale distribution of propane, heating oil, petroleum distillates, packaged gases and related products and services (plumbing, HVAC, etc.) in nine (9) northeastern U.S. states.
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