Dirty Desk:

Sean Peterkin:
Mob: (203) 945-6901
Sean graduated from SUNY Maritime with a degree in Business Administration and Marine Transportation.  Soon after graduating in 2003, he began work at MJLF & Associates and over the course of the next 6 years worked in both their CT and Geneva offices.  In 2009, Sean joined ICAP Shipping in London, where he spent 3 years focusing on both the Suezmax and VLCC markets.

Brian Vogdes
Mob: (203) 219-9751
Brian is presently working the MR, PanaMax and AfraMax markets.  Prior to chartering, he sailed coastwise aboard a US Flagged tanker and had three years experience at World Fuel Services brokering and trading bunkers in the Caribbean.  Brian graduated from SUNY Maritime with a B.S. in Marine Transportation.

Drew Balshi
Mob: (203) 400-5200
Drew graduated from Lehigh University in 2009 with a BS in Marketing and joined the True North brokering team concentrating on the SuezMax and AfraMax sectors.  Prior to True North, Drew spent summers interning at a major ship brokerage firm.

Lucas Marino
Mob: (203) 644-6022
Lucas graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a BA in Economics.  Soon thereafter, Lucas joined True North and is concentrating on the Aframax, Suezmax, and VLCC sectors.  Prior to working at True North, Lucas interned at a leading law firm in London's West End.

Clean Desk:
Ed Urquhart
Mob: (203) 644-6458
Ed started his career at McQuilling Brokerage Partners Inc. in the Clean Department.  After 3 years at Mcquilling, he joined MJLF and Associates where he managed the Clean Department.  He graduated from Fordham University in 2000 with a degree in Finance.

Frank Rendon
Mob: (203) 644-6269
After several years in the Finance industry, Frank spent four years working tanker markets for clean petroleum products, primarily in South America.  Frank is bilingual (Spanish) and holds a BS in Marketing from Susquehanna University.

William Hirschfeld:
Mob: (203) 807-2126
Bill recently joined the True North brokering team working with the clean department after graduating Fairfield University in 2010 with a BA in Economics.  During his course of study at Fairfield, Bill interned at multiple major financial institutions and his experience with economics provides another market perspective.

Bill Arias:
Mob: (203) 945-6900
Bill joins us from Eastport Chartering USA where he worked for three years.  He spent time in operations there and eventually sat on the chartering desk specializing in ethanol/CPP/chems.  Bill is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and a minor in International Business.

Brian Boorse:
Mob: (610) 393-2872
Brian joined True North Chartering in 2015 as a tanker broker concentrating on the clean petroleum markets.  Prior to True North, he worked in sales for a wealth management firm and graduated from Ursinus College with a BA in Business and Economics.

Projects Desk:

Keith Durocher
Mob: (203) 461-1042
Keith has over 30 years of experience with a proven reputation as a prior managing director of two major chartering firms and a spot market broker with expertise in VLCC and SuezMax markets.  He also enjoys teaching a brokering class for young brokers.  He is a Bucknell University graduate with a BA in Economics and Political Science.

Kaird Durocher
Mob: (610) 417-6690
Kaird graduated from Hartwick University in 2012 with a BS in Business Administration and joined the True North brokering team concentrating on the clean and chemical sectors.  Prior to working full time at True North, Kaird spent summers interning at True North, as well as interning in the legal department of Victaulic, the world leader in mechanical pipe joining systems.


Jerry Lichtblau
Mob: (203) 807-0699
Jerry heads our Industry Research and Analysis efforts; has over 25 years of Maritime Industry experience.  Prior to joining True North he was in charge of all research and financial analysis at MJLF & Associates for 13 years.  He also spent 7 plus years with OSG where he was an officer in the finance department.  He has also worked for Sea-Land Corporation as well in the financial industry.  He has a BS from SUNY Maritime College in Meteorology and Oceanography and an MBA from Columbia University in Finance.


Christian Uecker
Operations Manager
Mob: (203)434-6162
Christian, head of our operations staff, brings experience as a Tanker Agent and Operations Manager at former OMI Corp and Torm USA.  Christian brings extensive operations experience with both large tankers and product carriers.  He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College with a BS degree in Maritime Transportation.

Edward Micola
Mob: (203) 921-5116
Prior to brokering, Ed spent five years as an Officer of an ocean going tanker.  During the course of the last four years, he has developed expertise in SuezMax and AfraMax tanker markets.  He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime with a degree in Maritime Transportation.

Edwin Arias
Mob: (914) 879-6886
Edwin, part of the clean team is a bilingual (Spanish) graduate of Towson University with a BS in Marketing.  He successfully completed ASBA’s “Shipbrokering & Chartered Vessel Operations.”


Rachel Erikson
Mob: (203) 524-4864