Our energy market experts have over 50 years' combined experience in commodity hedging, and over 70 years' combined experience in the supply, terminal, and retail oil business.


Meet the Hedge Solutions Team



Rich Larkin (President and Owner)

Rich is a 24‐year veteran of the heating oil, gasoline, propane and natural gas industry. He founded Hedge Solutions in 1993 to offer clients independent and trustworthy purchasing and hedging advice. Bringing clarity and wisdom to the energy complex has been a hallmark of his philosophy. He knows all the challenging buying and selling details of the energy industry with early roots extending to Wyatt Energy. He is responsible for overseeing Hedge Solutions’ management and business objectives, while focusing on his own book of clients’ hedging and purchasing strategies.


Kirk Blanchard (Chief Financial Officer)

Kirk is a former Trustee of EPIRINC (Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.), (Washington, D.C.) and was formerly CEO of Wyatt Energy and Co‐founder of Vertrax, Inc. During his 35 years in the energy industry, he has also served as Vice President and Director of Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Association and in various capacities with New England Fuel Institute and Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association. He holds a BS from UNC and MBA‐Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business. He is responsible for financial objectives and maintains strategic oversight of client’s commodity portfolios.


Katie Cronin (Client Support Manager)

Katie joined Hedge Solutions in 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from St. Anselm College. Katie handles a multitude of tasks that include client support, working with the Account Executives, answering phones, tech support, and all compliance requirements in the CTA space. She also assists with software support on Hedge Insite and MarginTrak. Katie runs the middle office for Northland Energy Trading; generating confirms, reconciling trading activity, and assisting the Trader with daily tasks.


Anya Ristanovic

Anya joined Hedge Solutions in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Finance from the University of Belgrade in Serbia and her Masters in Quantitative Finance from Bentley University. Anya is one of our writers providing daily market intelligence, contributing to our pre-market newsletter (Pipeline), our post-market summary (Evening Energy Report), and has taken over our weekly Heating Degree Day report. She also provides audit and confirm delivery assistance to the Northland Energy trading desk. Additionally, she handles a multitude of client support tasks, some of which include answering phones, working with Account Executives, and managing clients’ Hedge Insite and MarginTrak account updates.


Domenic Bramante, Controller

Domenic joined Hedge Solutions in 2009. He is responsible for General Accounting, Financial Reporting, Cash Management, Billing, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Domenic holds a BS in Finance from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and has 25 years experience of diversified financial accounting and financial analysis in the global communications and high technology industry.