Tom Kelso


Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Tom is Head of the Downstream Energy & Retail Group and directs the firm’s Baltimore office. He created the Downstream Energy Group to provide financial advisory services to companies engaged in the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries. In addition, he manages the firm’s Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice. Prior to joining Matrix in 1997, he was a principal at Kennilworth Holdings, Inc., where he consulted with clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and private placement of debt and equity. During that time, he worked primarily with companies engaged in the distribution of motor fuels and heating fuels, and in convenience store retailing.

Tom was the co-founder, 50% stockholder and CFO of Ocean Petroleum Company, an independent petroleum marketer and branded distributor for Exxon USA, Sunoco and BP in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to founding Ocean, he was employed as the Business Manager of the Evening College and Summer Session, one of the six divisions of Johns Hopkins University, and was the CFO and a Director of the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.  He was educated at the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University.

Tom has advised many of the leading companies in the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries and he has been employed as a professional in thirteen Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  He has written and/or contributed to a number of articles on the topics of mergers and acquisitions, access to capital, strategic planning and valuations for petroleum marketers and convenience store companies.  He is a member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the NACS Hunter Club and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).

Tom currently serves as Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Co-Chair of the Hogan – Rutherford Inaugural Committee and as Vice Chair & Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Government House of Maryland, Inc.  Tom is the past Chair of the Maryland Public Policy Institute and a former trustee and Chairman of the Board of The John Carroll School, a Catholic independent high school in Bel Air, MD.  He currently serves as Chairman of the school’s Lighting the Way Capital Campaign.  He is also qualified as a FINRA General Securities Principal (Series 24), Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63), Investment Banking Representative (Series 79) and Operations Professional (Series 99).