Paul Varello 

President & CEO

Paul has more than 50 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry including 30 years in C-level management positions. Before founding Commonwealth Projects in 2014, he was Founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Engineering and Construction, a project management company specializing in the design and construction of refining, LNG, chemical and gas processing projects.

He also served as Chairman and CEO of Sterling Construction Company, CEO of American Ref-Fuel Company, President of the Process Sector of Fluor Corporation and Monitor Trustee for the Federal Trade Commission overseeing the LNG tank business of CB&I.

Paul is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Texas and California, and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Management Team

Ian Salmon, Chief Financial Officer

Ian is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Commonwealth Projects. As an LNG project developer for over two decades, he has successfully executed diverse commercial SPAs/LTAs and raised and managed capital for multiple LNG and midstream development projects and companies. He has further solidified the Commonwealth team through his many valued relationships with key LNG industry leaders, investors and stakeholders.


Scott Ray, Chief Operating Officer

Scott oversees the execution of all activities related to Commonwealth LNG’s engineering, procurement, construction and permitting. Scott has over 30 years of domestic and international engineering and management experience and has constructed multiple liquefaction facilities around the globe.

Stuart Sperling, General Counsel & SVP Strategy

Stuart leads Commonwealth LNG’s business planning strategies as well as overseeing all corporate governance and legal matters. He joined the Commonwealth team from Poten & Partners, where he analyzed and tracked U.S. LNG export projects for prospective LNG buyers and investors. Prior to his work with Poten, he served as BG Group’s lead shipping attorney.


Daniel McGinnis, Chief Commercial Officer

Dan oversees all commercial activities of the Commonwealth LNG project. He has extensive experience developing projects in the LNG sector, with a depth of knowledge in strategy, business development, marketing and trading, government and regulatory issues and media relations.

Nick Eusepi , VP of Finance & Administration

Nick is responsible for overseeing Commonwealth LNG’s accounting, financial reporting & modeling, information technology and human resources. He has over 10 years of accounting and finance experience in the public accounting arena where he specialized in audit & attest work, along with various other consulting and capital raising roles.

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Erik leads the technical execution of all activities related to Engineering and Procurement. Erik has over 30 years of industrial experience including oil and gas, power generation, general industrial, commercial, environmental compliance and modular fabrication.


Hans Verswijver, VP / Permitting & Marine

Hans oversees all activities relating to waterway transportation, logistics, safety and permitting. A 30-year veteran in shipping, logistics, and transport of liquefied petrochemical gases, he has spent the last 5 years exclusively developing LNG projects.


Jonathan Allcock, Senior Project Engineer

Jonathan has been involved in several dozen topsides, jackets and associated bridges across the globe. He has over 30 years’ experience in the design and fabrication of oil and gas platforms, wharves and outfalls inclusive of dredging.


Lyle Hanna, Dir. of Communications

Lyle handles external communications and media relations for Commonwealth LNG. He draws upon more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including support of projects in LNG, petrochemicals, refining and waste-to-energy. He has managed brand identity for companies ranging from startups to major industry participants.


Advisory Board

Don Cruver, Chairman of the Board
Founder of Cruver, Robbins & Fu, LLP and a highly experienced international lawyer/executive with decades of engineering and construction industry experience.

Rod J. Ragan, Director
President and co-founder of Energy Allied International having over 40 years of major project experience in upstream and downstream oil and gas, petrochemical, industrial and power projects. Rod is also President at Sandpiper Chemicals LLC, a 1 million ton/year methanol plant under development.

David Sargent, Director
Managing Director at Duff & Phelps with over 30 years of M&A origination, execution, management experience and board experience with middle-market public and private companies.


Joe Cutillo, Director
CEO at Sterling Construction Company with nearly 30 years of executive management experience and a deep understanding of emerging opportunities in heavy civil construction, industrial, and adjacent markets.

Jeff Early, Director

Former Texas Regional President for The Northern Trust Company’s wealth management division with 40 years of experience. Mr. Early also serves on several local community boards including: Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, UTHealth, Salvation Army, and Coronado Club.