Meet Our Team
The team here at Proctor Gas has been passionately serving those in Addison, Rutland, Bennington, Windsor, and Windham counties for nearly 5 decades. Here’s a little bit about the people that make our company what it is:
The company wouldn’t be what it is today without Jimmy Taranovich. Jimmy took the business over from his parents in 1988 and made a lot of positive changes. It was his vision that kept Proctor Gas growing and led the company to expand to include grill, and outdoor living sales.
Judy Taranovich – President/Owner
Judy took over the business with Jimmy in 1988, and started out in collections. In 1994, Judy came up with the idea for a gift side of the hearth shop (Vermont Hearth & Home), and was heavily involved in that portion of the business. Since Jimmy’s passing, Judy is involved in every aspect of the company, and with the help of a very capable and supportive staff, she continues Jimmy’s vision of maintaining a first-class, customer-oriented business.
Lisa Shaddock – Operations Manager
A native Vermonter, Lisa lives in Mendon with her husband, Chris, youngest son Blair and dog Comet. She loves having her son, Lema, daughter in law Ashley, grandson Gabe and her parents living nearby. Being family oriented made the decision to come to Proctor Gas a small family owned and operated company “with roots in the area” a natural fit.
Lisa brings with her 33 years experience working for a local family owned trucking company, she was involved in all aspects of the business, A/P, A/R, payroll and taxes, human resources, administered employee benefits, helped write and implemented company policies, handled compliance for MSHA, DOT and was involved in contract negotiations.
Lisa Shaddock came to work for us December 1, 2015 as operation’s Manager. We are so pleased to have her and the experience she brings to the team!
Walt Piontek – AR/CSR
Walt started out at Proctor Gas in service and bulk truck deliveries back in 1989. Today, Walt is our service manager, and is in charge of driver and service technician dispatch. Walt’s also the one who handles all of our propane purchases.
Ciera McCoy – CSR
Ciera joined our team a little over three months ago. She will (for the most part) be the first person you hear when you call Proctor Gas. Ciera has rejoined the workforce part time with us after being a stay at home Mom to her young son Carter.
Never having been in the fuel industry Ciera has a lot to learn about our crazy world but she is digging in and doing a good job. She has a great phone presence and is learning the sales portions for the grills and fire tables. We are looking forward to seeing great things from her as she learns the business.
Shannon Gibbs – Outside Operations – (CETP-OQ Certified)
After begging Jimmy to hire him several times, Shannon joined the team in 1990 as the youngest team member. Although he was so young he had to have a special insurance waiver, Shannon has turned into an invaluable technician and employee. He can work any aspect of the business, but really shines as our Lead technician and field fleet supervisor!
Josh Taranovich – Service Technician (CETP – OQ Certified)
Josh is Jimmy’s son and has been bringing his father’s quick wit, winning smile, and desire to work hard and keep the customer happy to the team of Proctor Gas since 2009. Josh has helped the family business on and off for the last several years in between school and athletics, and is our youngest employee to date. His passion for customer satisfaction makes him an excellent service team member, and we hope he will follow in his father’s footsteps and become the new face of Proctor Gas someday. Keep an eye on him – we all do!
Ron Fredette – Dispatch/Service Manager – (CETP Certified)
I broke my own rule hiring Ron!! No friends of family members hired. A few months ago we were in need of a driver and Ron was looking for a change. His step mother Emily has worked here for a long time!! Well I pulled the trigger and hired him anyway and have never looked back – what a great decision. Ron is a good guy, hard worker and we are thrilled to have him as part of the PGI family. He’s pretty funny too!!
Michele Eugair – Accounts Payable/Receivable, CSR
Michele came to us from the restaurant industry and has fit in so well it’s like she has been here forever. She brings so much positive energy to this place it’s a pleasure to have her around. Michele lives in town with her family, right down the road as a matter of fact, -so no excuse she can’t get to work on a snowy day – not that she would!! If you get Michele on the phone, you’re in good hands.
Brian Cannucci – Propane Delivery/Service Technician – (CETP Certified)
Brian joined the team September 5, 2017 and I couldn’t be more thrilled. He has started out driving for us but his talents will allow him to move into service quickly. Brian was the road commissioner for the town of Proctor. He decided he wanted to explore other options and when I got the text asking me if I was hiring it took me about 3 seconds to respond! Welcome to the family Brian so happy to have you be a part of Proctor Gas.
Dave Bushee – Propane Delivery – (CETP Certified)
Dave joined us on September 4, 2018. Our senior driver, Ron, thought we might be a good fit so we decided to have a visit. It wasn’t long before the feeling was mutual and we would give it a try. Dave has turned out to be a very nice addition to our family and we look forward to having him around for quite some time.
Frank Venturella – Propane Delivery
Frank joined our team at the end of September. He came to us as a deliver driver and we put him right to work. We found ourselves truly in need of more help as we have been blessed with growing business. We were grateful to have had Frank walk through our doors looking for work.
Chris Murray – Propane Delivery
Chris joined us on December 2nd. He came to us from Ellison and was just looking for a change. We are happy he chose to join the Proctor Gas team and look forward to a long relationship. Chris will be delivering gas and working in the field as well after some time of shadowing a couple of the senior techs.
Tyler Lapine – Propane Delivery
Tyler also joined us on December 2nd. Tyler worked a couple different jobs until he (hopefully) found his forever job at Proctor Gas!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our team members, please give us a call at 802-459-3340! We look forward to serving you!