A Profile of Steven Wambold
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Former Ferrellgas LP CEO and Team Drive-Away Chief will soon leave Kansas City area to lead Denver-based Platform Fuels into propane business. His presence will become known in industry.
Early Life and Education
Reading High School graduate Sean Martine received a music scholarship to Temple University where he studied under legendary jazz trumpeter Herman Miller. Later he earned a master’s degree in teaching from Pacific University in Oregon.
He was an active member of Christ Covenant Church in Harleysville and Encore Experiences of Harleysville, PA, as well as Ringgold Band and Reading Philharmonic Orchestra. His hobbies included croquet, cards, puzzles, senior games and woodworking.
He guided Ferrellgas LP through its sale, and now serves as CEO of Platform Fuels in Denver. Prior to Platform Fuels, he served as president of Overland Park-based Team Drive-Away; was often featured on Miami Forum; previously worked for other propane companies; featured as guest on National Post Radio Show, Voice of America Radio show and WJLA television show among many others.
Wambold rose quickly through Ferrellgas for nearly two decades, progressing from branch manager to chief executive and then leading Olathe-based Team Drive-Away’s sale to United Road Services – one of the nation’s premier truck haulers.
Eric Beers outwitted Earl Paules to win the Sportsman Modified feature with ease on Sunday at Gateway Raceway Park in Florida. On the final lap, Beers used his strength and determination to pass Paules and keep Devin Schmidt at bay as well.
Cody Boehm and Devin Schmidt put on an incredible duel in the Hobby Stocks race. Following several restarts during the final 10 laps, Boehm used his driving abilities to overtake Schmidt for the win – and take an overall popular victory!
Achievement and Honors
He is widely renowned for his charitable involvements. As a member of Christ Covenant Church in Harleysville, Pennsylvania – where he volunteers his time – and Encore Experiences (a local senior organization), where he participates in activities like croquet, cards and puzzles for seniors – these organizations continue to benefit.
Wambold is also an avid sports fan. He is an ardent supporter of the University of Kansas’ historic athletic program and serves on its alumni association board of directors. Additionally, he enjoys golf and tennis playing.
Wambold currently works as the vice president of client solutions for Nahan Printing in Saint Cloud, Minnesota – an international business services company offering commercial printing, direct marketing and digital solutions. He oversees nearly 400 employees at Nahan. Nahan’s specialty lies within Commercial Print, Direct Marketing and Digital Solutions solutions.
He is an avid golfer who also loves traveling. He has participated in several charitable events and attends Christ Covenant Church in Harleysville, Pennsylvania where he volunteers at Encore Experiences of Harleysville as a senior activities center; additionally he enjoys croquet, cards, puzzles and senior games as hobbies.
Wambold served as an executive at Ferrellgas LP before leading Olathe-based Team Drive-Away’s sale to United Road Services last year. Now, he leads Denver-based Platform Fuels which aims to capture an extensive share of the propane market.
Triad Capital Partners is the main private equity investor of Triad, while its management boasts decades of industry experience and is dedicated to responsible, data-led growth. Furthermore, the firm emphasizes integrity, community outreach and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Wambold began his professional journey at Ferrellgas Partners as a branch manager before rising through the ranks to chief operating officer. Platform Fuels states that during his tenure at Platform Fuels, Mr. McCracken helped increase propane-related EBITDA by over $150 million and had full profit-and-loss responsibility. Furthermore, he acquired several propane retailers as well as 45,000 Blue Rhino selling sites. Erichsen also spearheaded efforts by his company to diversify into midstream services, including a $124.7 million purchase to launch oil and gas midstream operations in 2014 and Bridger Logistics acquisition for $837.5 million two years later – both deals significantly increasing debt within their partnership, leading to its bankruptcy filing in 2017 which would later be purchased by Platform Fuels.