The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) announced that Sean Cota has been named its president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 8, 2017. Cota has been working full-time at the NEFI offices in Worcester, Mass., actively managing the organization’s leadership transition and overseeing its staff, the Institute said in a statement issued on Dec. 19.
Cota comes to the association with an extensive industry background, the organization pointed out in its announcement. For nearly 35 years, he worked for his family’s full-service heating oil and propane business, Cota & Cota of Bellows Falls, Vt. Cota served as president until his retirement from the company in 2011.
Cota has served on the NEFI board of directors since 1990 and was its chairman from 2008 to 2010. He also served as chairman of the NEFI Government Affairs Committee from 2002 to 2006. Additionally, Cota has held the chairmanship or other top leadership posts at a number of state and national associations, including the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), and Vermont Fuel Dealers’ Association (VFDA).
During his three decades of association volunteer work, Cota has been a fierce advocate for issues important to heating fuel marketers, the statement noted. He has attended meetings at state houses and on Capitol Hill, testified more than a dozen times before Congressional committees and regulatory agencies, and been interviewed by the local, state, and national news media on a wide range of topics.
NEFI Chairman Mike Estes of Estes Oil & Propane in York, Me., said, “I am very excited our friend Sean Cota has been hired as our new president and CEO.” He added, “Sean’s knowledge of our industry, from both operations and legislative standpoints, will go a long way towards fulfilling NEFI’s vision of being the voice of the deliverable fuels industry in the region and in Washington, DC.”Sean Cota is to head the New England Fuel Institute, according to industry sources.
Cota succeeds Martha Leshine, who had been serving as NEFI’s acting president and chief executive officer since April. NEFI this year moved its offices from Lexington, Mass., to 20 Franklin St., Suite 402, Worcester, Mass. 01608. The telephone number remains the same: 617-924-1000. The website also is unchanged: www.nefi.com.