Our Team

Sanford Lipton

President
Sanford Lipton is the President and the third generation of Lipton Energy. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1962, he spent a year in the Coast Guard, then joined Lipton Energy in 1963. He was initially responsible for running the company’s tire and auto repair business, then went on to run the gas stations. In the early 1980s, Sanford was responsible for starting LiptonMart Convenience Stores. He now assists his son Michael in overseeing all entities of the company, and is a member of The National Association of Convenience Stores, The New England Fuel Institute, and The International Oil Marketers Association.


Michael Lipton

Vice President
Michael Lipton is Vice President and the fourth generation of Lipton Energy. After graduating from Boston University in 1996, he worked at Squaw Valley Ski Corp in California, then joined Lipton Energy in 1998. He oversees daily operations for all entities including the oil business, chain of LiptonMart Convenience Stores, and the company-owned Subways. Michael is a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores, The International Oil Marketers Association, and The New England Fuel Institute, and has served on the board of directors for Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., as well as The Country Club of Pittsfield. He also heads the company’s annual charitable campaigns for The United Way, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Hillcrest Educational Centers. Michael lives in Pittsfield with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters, Alexandra and Emery.


Dennis Koch

General Manager
Dennis Koch is the General Manager of Lipton Energy and is our most senior employee, beginning his career with us in 1973 as manager of Lipton Tire Service (a company-owned service station, tire store, and auto repair business that operated until 1982). When the company began the transition to what it is today, Dennis moved over to the main office to oversee the operations of the gas stations, convenience stores, and heating oil business. Today Dennis still plays an active role in every facet of the business, be it procuring fuel oil and gasoline, dispatching drivers, or assisting in the day-to-day operations of the chain of LiptonMart Convenience Stores. Dennis currently serves on the Board of Directors for The New England Fuel Institute, The International Oil Marketers Association, and Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association, and is also a member of The Vermont Petroleum Association. He is also the previous President of Berkshire Community Action Council and served on that board for 16 years. A lifelong resident of Pittsfield, Dennis lives with his wife, Diane. They have three grown sons.


Aaron Clark

IT Manager
Aaron Clark is the IT (Information Technology) Manager for Lipton Inc. Aaron started in the petroleum industry at Agway Energy Products in August of 1988 as a station attendant. He continued to work at Agway Energy Products while he went to college earning his AAS Degree in Criminal Justice from Broome Community College in 1994. Aaron completed the Manager Training Program from Agway Energy Products and took over as the Plant Manager for Agway Energy Products in Lee, MA in November 1994. In March 1997, Aaron joined Lipton Energy as the Service Advisor/Energy Consultant after Lipton Energy purchased the Lee branch of Agway Energy Products. In 2009, Aaron moved into his current position as IT Manager, overseeing the technology at the LiptonMart Convenience Stores and main office. Aaron is a member of the Oil & Energy Service Professionals Association (OESP), the Technical Committee of NFPA 31, and Nation Oil Burner Code. He is a past President and past Board Member of Berkshire Community Action Council, and is active in the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership positions. Aaron lives in Pittsfield with his wife, Brenda, and their son, David.


George Roberge

Director of Retail and QSR
George Roberge is Director of Retail and QSR at LiptonMart Convenience Stores. He oversees the chain of LiptonMart Convenience Stores, company-owned Subways, and is responsible for product placement, promos, and vendor relations. George joined Lipton Inc. in May of 2012 when three Fleming Food Marts were purchased by Lipton Inc., where he had been the general manager since 2004. George was previously a sales representative with Pine State Trading from 2000 to 2004 and a store manager at Fleming Oil prior to that. George is a member of The National Association of Convenience Stores. He is on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Grocers Association, a past president of Rescue Inc., and has served on the Brattleboro Board of Selectmen. George lives in Brattleboro, VT with his wife, Sharon, and son, Gerard.