Great staff gives great service! Peter Garthwaite truly believes that if you treat your staff well, they in return will perform with great results... and it shows. One of Garthwaite Energy’s best strengths is that our technicians and office staff have an average of 25 years experience. You can count on our expertise and abilities to solve your heating needs.
Peter leads by example, always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it’s in the field with the technicians or in the office answering phones. He has hand-picked and surrounded himself with top-notch staff willing to go above and beyond to get the job done. The staff at Garthwaite Energy is like a family, working together they exhibit professionalism and knowledge backed by experience and training.
Following the motto of the Merchant Marines “Acta Non Verba” – Deeds not words. Peter Garthwaite is a leader that exemplifies the concept of service above self. Pete graduated from Southern Maine Technical College with his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and Maine Maritime Academy, acquiring his degree in Marine Engineering. Pete retired from the Merchant Marines after 21 years of service as Chief Engineer.
With over 30 years of experience as a Master Oil Burner Technician, in addition to Master Electrician, his shipboard experience still carries over into his career today. He has exceptional problem solving skills, and easily adapts to the technical aspects of residential settings. Pete was drawn to the industry due to his love of the heating business.
That love is evident whether he’s interacting with customers, installing a new boiler or changing out an oil tank. Pete is the true meaning of hard work, and coupled with his keen business sense, he symbolizes leadership with his integrity, honor, intelligence, dedication and competence. He is genuine and truly cares about people, never wanting anyone to go without, and it is apparent throughout his daily interactions. In his spare time, he can be found “relaxing”, taking care of our environment by recycling scrap metal of any kind! When the day draws to a close he heads for home with his fiancé and family here in Wells, Maine.
Jonathan Hughes Service Manager, Master Oil Burner & Propane Technician
Rangeley, Maine native Jonathan Hughes found himself working in the heating service industry upon completing his education. Jonathan holds 23 years of work experience under his belt, he’s worked his way from the ground up, learning his trade in the field.
As a fully licensed Master Oil Burner and Propane Technician, Jonathan has extensive knowledge and vast experience working on many types of heating systems from residential to commercial. He makes it a top priority to educate his Technicians on how to do things right the first time by thoroughly evaluating each heating system from top to bottom. Jonathan is often customer requested, best known for his meticulous work and attention to details.
He has the ability to troubleshoot with ultimate results in an efficient manner. Jonathan is professional and always extends kindness and consideration to our customers, which exemplifies his outstanding customer service skills. While working at another large oil company, Peter Garthwaite met Jonathan Hughes nearly a decade ago. From that business relationship Garthwaite Energy gained an irreplaceable Service Manager and Master Oil Burner and Propane Technician. Jonathan is a gearhead in his spare time, guilty of restoring older vehicles and souping up engines! He and his family currently reside in Wells, Maine.
Jeff Smith Master Oil and Propane Technician
Jeff is our lead technician with over 15 years of field experience. He is very detail oriented and works closely with Jonathan in training our newer technicians. He is responsible for most of our installs of new systems and tank replacements. He is extremely hard working and not afraid of taking extra time to get things done ahead of schedule.
A native to Maine, he currently resides in Sanford with his wife and kids.
Joshua Rogers Journeyman Oil and Propane Technician
Josh works closely with Jonathan on becoming our next Monitor heater expert. He is very detail oriented by making sure that all the Monitor units we pull for service look better when they return. Josh works closely with Jeff on most of our install work as well, so he is quickly becoming well versed in setting up systems from scratch. He is making steady progress toward the next level of licensing and is on course to be ready this Fall.
He currently resides in Sanford.
Bruce Parker Fuel Delivery
Talk about dependability! Up and working before the sun, always on time and hardly a sick day. Bruce has grown up in York County and currently resides in Wells. Having gone to school together, Bruce and Pete go back 40 years, and have maintained that friendship ever since.
With over 30 years experience driving oil trucks, it’s almost like he has a 6th sense for deliveries!! Bruce worked for a few local fuel companies, before coming to work at Garthwaite, and we are thankful every day that he is part of our team.
Not afraid of hard work, getting his hands dirty or snow banks taller than Mount Agamenticus, Bruce tackles any challenge thrown his way!
Patrick Bowman Office Manager
Patrick would be the friendly voice you hear when you call our office!! A Native to Maine, Patrick is no stranger to cold winters and keeping warm, he understands the importance and urgency when our customers call for fuel or service needs.
With 15 years of customer service experience, he is friendly and efficient at taking service and delivery orders. He is known for troubleshooting issues, if he doesn’t have an immediate answer, he will get it and he will return your call promptly with the correct information.
He currently shares a home with his wife in Biddeford. They enjoy hiking in the woods or playing a game of any sort!! He can also make a mean lasagna like no one’s business! (We are still trying to get his recipe!).
Christin Ireland Office
Christin comes into Garthwaite as the newest member of our office staff. She brings with her 20+ years of customer service experience and truly enjoys working with people. Christin leaves behind 12 years of restaurant management and is very excited to learn the ins and outs of the oil and propane industries.
Christin will be responsible for all of our service billing and scheduling. She will be working closely with our service department to be sure we keep your heat and hot water running when it gets cold.
Born and raised in Southern Maine, Christin has planted her roots right here in Wells. She enjoys spending time with her family, trivia challenges with friends, movies, crossword puzzles and traveling the world. Her love for puzzles makes problem solving and multi-tasking a couple of her specialties.