About Us

We are owned by the Lykins Oil Company, one of the top 5 private companies in Cincinnati and top 100 in the state of Ohio. Founded in 1948, Lykins has grown to provide a variety of services on a national level, and has become highly recognized for providing outstanding service for their clients

We are many things to our clients but we are not energy brokers who simply add cost without value. Our services range from sophisticated energy analysis and procurement, to resolving issues with your utility, including working through the Public Utilities Commissions. We aim to add value to your current efforts but if we can’t we do not expect to be hired. Give us the opportunity to examine your energy situation, provide actionable insight about it and develop a customized proposal for your business—at no cost to you.

Management Team

Gregory E. Elam · Chief Consultant


Gregory (Greg) is the founder of STEP Resources, which was acquired by Lykins Energy Solutions in 2015. He also is of Counsel to KMK Consulting Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of KMK Law firm. Greg has more than 37 years of experience as an executive and consultant in utility operations, large deal structuring, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and utility infrastructure.

Greg has completed more than $2 billion in transactions and has developed and implemented strategic advice for a variety of companies including Fortune 100 companies--Oracle, Boeing, Sprint, Rubicon Technologies, and Lehman Brothers-- saving these companies millions of dollars. In addition to having expertise in the procurement of commodities, he leads the company’s efforts on site selection, where he has assisted in locating more than $500 million in real estate assets.

Prior to developing STEP Resources, he was founder and CEO of American Energy®, an energy consulting and management firm. Before starting American Energy, Greg was hired by Enron in its embryonic stage to launch its electric trading business, including the development and use of many of the transactions/products that are used today. Before joining Enron, he began his entrepreneurial trek and expanded his horizons by serving as President of Energy Exchange of Chicago, which was the #2 marketer developed in the country. He performed some of the first electricity transactions done by an independent. He began his career in the utility business by spending more than twelve years with the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, managing both short and long term bulk power sales, including the development of several large long term bulk power transactions. He has also managed the utility system operations, which included such life safety tasks as switching and tagging.

Tom Gantzer · General Manager


Tom is the General Manager at STEP where he oversees a variety of areas, including utility infrastructure consulting and the sale of STEP’s services. Tom brings more than 38 years of experience in the regulated and deregulated energy business.

Prior to joining STEP Resources, Tom was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Innovari Market Solutions where he managed demand response operations nationwide. Responsibilities included regulatory affairs, portfolio risk management, product development, contracts and settlements.

Previously, Tom held positions at Midcontinent ISO, Constellation Energy Group and Duke Energy in the areas of wholesale & retail electricity marketing & trading, utility operations, pricing, tariffs, structured products, acquisitions and retail market development.

Richard Bohon · Procurement Manager


Richard (Rich) leads the procurement effort at STEP. This includes overseeing all of STEP’s procurement efforts, hedges, and strategies for STEP’s clients. He also has responsibilities of managing several major accounts. Prior to joining STEP Resources as a Team Leader in the Energy Procurement Department, Rich owned his own service company for 10 years where he excelled at applying new technology to outdated processes to produce cost effective and profitable services. His experience in the technical and service industries is a great asset to the STEP team. Prior to his work in the service industry, Rich spent ten (10) years with Ford Motor Company, as an engineering manager. In the 10 years with Ford Motor Company, he honed his engineering and management skills within Ford’s Manufacturing Management Program on both a national and international basis. Richard holds a MS in Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Jeff Wedgeworth · Lead Analyst and Consultant


Jeff works as the lead analyst and consultant with STEP’s procurement team where he performs detailed studies, advises on electricity and natural gas procurement efforts, and manages various client relationships. Prior to joining STEP, he worked with AEP Energy as an analyst in their residential business. During his time with AEP Energy, he created descriptive and predictive analytics regarding customer attrition, marketing campaigns, and solar feasibility.

At Miami University he led the utilities, analysis, and projections sections of the FY2012 Miami University carbon footprint project and was a member of the Sustainability Committee.

He holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University and a BA in Physics and Philosophy from Oberlin College.

Scott Erickson · Client Relationship Manager


Scott is the Client Relationship Manager for STEP Resources Energy Advisory Group. Scott manages the onboarding of new accounts, client communications, client education programs, and client retention processes. Scott has an extensive financial, economic development and risk management background. With over twenty-five years of experience within the energy, hospitality, insurance and financial services industries, Scott brings a unique perspective to STEP Resources’ client strategies, solutions, business development and risk management processes. Scott’s innate ability to simplify complex solutions in an understandable and pertinent context is an asset to STEP’s team.

Scott started his career and spent extensive time in the hospitality industry. During that time, he was involved with property acquisition consultations, market analysis for new and existing properties, negotiated national and local cooperative initiatives and led sales and marketing team personnel. Additionally, Scott’s experience includes 12 years with two global financial services companies. Scott provided oversight in market risk management, liability exposure solutions and professional investment strategies.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Economics and Business Management.

Paul Probst · Analyst


Paul works as an analyst for STEP Resources where he performs detailed analysis for procurement and consulting assignments. In addition to the procurement analytical work, Paul also performs the real time metering and site billing for STEP customers. Prior to joining STEP, Paul worked three years as a contractor for Electronic Testing Consultants on projects including fiber optic installation, termination and testing, as well as a variety of other assignments including the production of power quality analysis reports for customers. Prior to Electronic Testing Consultants, Paul worked 12 years at CBTS (a Cincinnati Bell subsidiary) monitoring and supporting enterprise customers’ communications networks and computing systems, and the internal systems infrastructure of the Enterprise Network Operations Center. Paul provided security vulnerability analysis reports for customers’ network and computing infrastructure. Before joining CBTS, Paul spent 7 years working for the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, supporting the College’s computing and network communications infrastructure. And, before that he worked for Comtrax Systems Incorporated, troubleshooting and developing custom software applications for airport authorities.

Paul graduated from God’s Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Math.

Kim Bernhardt · Office Manager

Kim is responsible for maintaining the efficiency of the STEP office, the billing and payment needs, as well as the certifications required for STEP’s energy management services. She leads the planning and organization for STEP’s client events and any industry conferences or trade shows where you may find STEP personnel.

Kim has experience with handling accounts receivable and payable, payroll, and human resources services. She has also worked in the healthcare industry, as a medical assistant, and brings the high level of customer service needed in healthcare to the energy industry. She holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Cincinnati State. Kim is the mother of two sons and one daughter and has been married to her husband, Randy, for 21 years.

Strategic Energy Planning
Energy Analysis & Procurement
Site Selection Due Diligence  
Regulatory Guidance & Compliance
Infrastructure Ownership/Leasing & Management

info@stepresources.com · fax 513.672.0584 · 513.792.0146
8366 Princeton Glendale Rd., Suite B1, West Chester OH 45069
Copyright © 2017 Lykins Oil Company. All rights reserved.