Management Team

Robert M. Murphy

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer


Robert M. Murphy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sterling Energy & Trading Co., Inc., is one of the most prominent leaders of New York’s financial industry and former Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of the NYSE. Over the course of his career, he relentlessly pursued efficient markets and drove the implementation of responsible corporate practices. Mr Murphy began his career in finance on the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) in 1976 and became a member of the NYSE as a specialist partner of M.J. Meehan & Co. in 1982. Since then, he’s been an integral part of the NYSE, serving on the Quality of Markets Committee, Market Performance Committee, Technology Planning and Oversight Committee, Corporate Accountability and Listing Standards Committee and the NYSE Foundation Committee. He was also a liaison to the Institutional Traders Advisory Committee, Governor of the Stock Exchange, and a floor official before becoming the Vice-Chairman, Director and the most senior Member of the Exchange from 1998 to 2003. In addition, Mr Murphy served a three-year term on the Board of the Securities Industry Association and served two terms as a Director of the Specialist Association.
Apart from his roles in the NYSE, Mr Murphy served as a Chief Executive Officer of LaBranche & Co. LLC and a member of the Board of Directors of its parent company,
LaBranche & Co. Inc., the largest specialist trading firm on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Mr Murphy was a President and Chief Executive Officer of Robb, Peck, McCooey Specialist Corporation.

Fred Gardner

Fred Gardner

Managing Director


Fred holds a Bachelors Degree in Business (B.BA) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in law.
At Sterling Fred’s mix of corporate and government experience provides a wealth of accumulated diversity from his professional life experiences. These experiences have helped Fred foster a level of sophistication for making logical and analytical assessments of client challenges coupled with a strong work ethic and solid decision-making skills. These tools are necessary for providing leadership within a successful multinational organization such as Sterling Energy & Trading Company, Inc.

Nathaniel Garner

Director Project Management


The scope of Mr. Garner’s responsibilities is to invest in, acquire, reposition, construct, develop, and manage residential and commercial properties; real estate investment consulting; project management; preparation of executive summaries for commercial mortgages; commercial mortgage underwriting analyses; developing real estate investment plans; produce operating and cash flow statements; property finding and due diligence; selection of project consultants; perform real estate related research; package and broker commercial mortgage and business loans.

Alexey C Taylor

Executive Director of Europe and Asia Operations


Alexey a Russian citizen, is an entrepreneur who identified and negotiated the oil product supply agreements for the past several years as part of Setco Commodity Trading Division. He is responsible for overseeing all exports resulting from the contractual agreement with the refinery. Part of his tasks is to head the compliance department for Sterling energy and Trading Co. With forensic expertise, the financial contracts at key institutions.

As part of Commodity Trade Mr. Ashley and Mr. C
hunaev part the executive branch for
global operations in that sector.
Fluent in English Spanish and Russian Language

Dr.Napoleon Kotey

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine VM, MA Biology & Toxicology, Engineering.


Dr. Napoleon Kotey joined the Sterling Team in 2013. He is a native of Ghana and holds dual citizenship between Ghana and the United States. He was a Senior Scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4 Atlanta Georgia where he oversaw the implementation of best management practices and other efforts to control non-point source pollution of water bodies under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Robert Anthony

Director of Business Development


Mr Anthony is Sterling’s Director of Business Development. Robert’s personal background includes expertise in Landscaping, Architecture, Municipal Planning and Engineering.
Mr Anthony has 35 years of experience in design and preparation of presentation and construction documents for a variety of private, commercial and municipal projects.
Mr Anthony managed and directed AMS Architectural Consulting (Architects); Bennick Construction;

His management experience includes managing Huntsville Garden and Landscape contracting, Birkendale Natural Stone Quarries, Eisen Quarries and retail centres, Equistone aggregates, Crusoe’s Travel and Wi Ho Lee Development Enterprises China Oasis.
Mr Anthony’s consulting contracts include, but are not limited to, His Royal Highness (“HRH”) Sheikh Fawaz of The Kingdom of Bahrain and the Azerbaijan oil recovery.

George Arslanian

Company Attorney


Mr Arslanian has served as counsel and secretary/ treasurer of Sterling since forming the company in 2009 and has continuously maintained Sterling ’s good corporate standing and attended to matters of compliance with applicable laws and regulations.Mr. Arslanian received his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School of UnionUniversity and a BA from Syracuse University He brings more than fifty years of legal practice in New York and New Jersey to Sterling. He was Assistant Counsel at Chemical Bank prior to joining the Wall Street firm of Soon & Sons and its Englewood New Jersey office, serving high wealth clients. He has maintained his own practice since 1980, serving a domestic and international client base of individuals and entities and has a dossier developed over a decade of worldwide experience in petroleum and commodity transactions. Mr Arslanian represented the U.S. interests of the Marangoni Companies of Italy and its whole tire-to-energy technology from 1986 to 1997 and from 2000 to the present time serves as Designated Agent with the U.S. DOT for its new tire manufacturing operations. Mr Arslanian served as a consultant for the Chinese and New York handbag manufacturing operations of Talene Reilly, Inc. from 2006 through 2009.

Anthony M. Corso

Senior Managing Partner


Anthony was head of floor operations and risk management at LaBranche & Co. He has over 22 years of trading experience and has been responsible for over $600 million invested in cash equities. Anthony was in charge of monitoring over 80 traders and was himself a NYSE market maker in such listed companies as AT&T, Compaq Computers, Lucent Technologies and GlaxoSmithKline among others. In his career, he has managed teams that have collectively produced over $1.5 billion in trading revenues.