Frank Rosso
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosso is one of the Co-founders of Empire Diversified Energy Inc. a Florida corporation formed in 2014. Mr. Rosso has been in the Coal business for more than ten years now both in Colombia, South America and the Appalachian Regions of the United States. From 1986 to 1997 Mr. Rosso worked at several major Wall Street firms including Morgan Stanley, Gruntal, and Dean Witter. During this period, Mr. Rosso held the positions of Corporate Finance Director, Syndication Manager and Vice President of Investments. Mr. Rosso earned his undergraduate degree from Huron College in South Dakota where he distinguished himself as an All American quarterback in the NAIA conference.

 

Richard Tuorto
Chairman of the Board & President

Mr. Richard Tuorto is the Co-Founder and serves Co-Chairman of the Board for Empire Diversified Energy. Mr. Tuorto has served in the public sector for over 40 years, and is recognized as one of the foremost M&A specialists in the coal and waste management industries. Mr. Tuorto has owned, operated, managed and developed over $500 Million in assets for public concerns over the last four decades, including coal mines, processing plants, transfer stations, landfills and proprietary transportation technologies.

 

Larry.gifDr Lawrence Chimerine
Board of Directors

Dr. Lawrence Chimerine is President, Radnor International Consulting Inc., in Radnor, PA; and Partner and Member of the Investment Committee of Miller Investment Management (formerly Strategic Capital Advisors) in West Conshocken, PA. He is the former Chairman, Chief Executive, and Chief Economist of Chase Econometrics and The WEFA Group.
From 1965 to 1979, Dr. Chimerine was Manager of the U.S. Economic Research and Forecasting for the IBM Corporation. He left IBM to assume the chairmanship at Chase Econometrics, and in 1987, was appointed chairman and CEO of the WEFA Group. During the 1990’s, in addition to founding and operating Radnor International Consulting, Dr. Chimerine was Managing Director and Chief Economist at the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Chimerine’ s latest books include, Business Opportunities and Practices in the Far East and the Handbook for Raising Capital, both published by Dow Jones-Irwin. Dr. Chimerine appears regularly on the Lehrer News Hour, Adam Smith’s “Money World”, Wall Street Week, Today, Good Morning America, Crossfire, C-Span, CNBC, This Week, ABC Evening s, NBC Nightly News, and other popular television programs.

 

Larry.gifR. Edward Hart
Director & President of Empire Diversified Generation, Inc.

Ed Hart has over 35 years of experience in the energy (petroleum, natural gas and electricity) business in marketing, management, and project development. During his professional career, he has worked for one of the nation’s largest independent refining and marketing companies, a large electric and gas utility, as well as founded a natural gas marketing and producing company. He was also a partner in Niagara Biomass Partners, LLC which purchased a 54 MW power plant in Niagara Falls, NY in a partnership with a California based renewable energy fund. Mr. Hart holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and has resided in Florida since 2001.

 

Larry.gifEdward Oppel
Director and Audit Committee Chairman

Mr. Oppel has had a long and distinguished career in project planning and development. As the former Head of Construction for the City of Baltimore, he is credited with being the driving force behind one of America’s greatest turn around developments. Among his noted accomplishments were the building of the National Aquarium, the Baltimore Convention Center, and the Restoration of the City Hall that earned him an award from the National Historical Society. Mr. Oppel is a past Port Commissioner of the Port of Palm Beach and also served as its Executive Director. He was formerly the president of a consulting firm that specialized in Port Development and fostering International Trade. Most recently, Mr. Oppel was the Senior Vice President of the Trade Center Development Corp. in charge of all global development for World Trade Centers.
Mr. Oppel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, emphasis on financial operations and economics, and his Doctorate of Law degree, emphasis on corporate accounts, from the University of Baltimore.