Meet Our Leadership Team

At John Ray & Sons, our entire team is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and safety. Each member of our management team has years of experience in energy services and brings extensive industry knowledge, service, and commitment to the company.


Uploaded Image: /uploads/personnel/GSD_7086Erik_LowRez-400w.jpgErik Pope
General Manager

Erik brings many years of leadership experience in the energy services industry to John Ray & Sons. He is in charge of all operations for the company including compliance and oversight of service, delivery, sales, and installation divisions.

He has served in management positions over the last 12 years for fuel oil companies in the Poughkeepsie, NY, area. His background includes operational control of multiple inland oil terminals and barge terminals and compliance with Coast Guard, EPA, and DEC including inspections of facilities.


Uploaded Image: /uploads/personnel/Chad-300x360.pngChad Ofiara
Regional Sales Manager

Chad is the head of sales and marketing at John Ray and Sons. Chad ensures that every new and potential customer is given an amazing experience from his team as they are welcomed to the John Ray & Sons family. Delivering the highest level of customer service is Chad’s focus.

He brings 20 years of leadership experience from companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Target Corporation, and Sungevity.

Chad is a native of the Capital District and resides in Amsterdam, NY, with his wife and daughter.


 Michael LaPorte, Service Manager, John Ray & SonsMichael LaPorte
Service Manager

Michael oversees John Ray & Sons’ Service Department and is responsible for hiring and training service and dispatch team members. He ensures his team provides superior customer service, is familiar with new product and manufacturer instructions, and trained in the latest service and safety procedures.

Michael comes to John Ray & Sons after divesting his own company, Millington & LaPorte Peoples Gasoline and Oil Company. The fuel portion was sold to Haskins Fuel Company, where he continued to serve as Manager.

With numerous business awards, Michael continues to be actively involved in the community as Director of the Capital Region Division of NYS Wrestling Association for Youth, President of Friends of Section II Wrestling, and a member of the Pioneer Fish & Game Club and St. Stanislaw Society.

A graduate of Mitchell College in Connecticut, Michael currently resides in Hoosick Falls with his son.


Uploaded Image: /uploads/personnel/John-Ray-Sons-Lynn-Conway-300web.jpgLynn Conway
Administrative and Customer Service Manager

Lynn has been a team leader with John Ray & Sons for over 16 years, making her one of the company’s most seasoned professionals.

As Administrative Manager, Lynn oversees all office support staff and processes including Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and employee training.

She recently accepted the role of Customer Service Manager and now supervises the company’s team of customer care representatives ensuring they provide the highest level of support and assistance to customers.

Lynn has been active in the North Colonie School District’s PTA and lives in Loudonville with her husband and son.