Management Team




James P. Townsend: Chairman
Jim Townsend is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsend Energy, headquartered in Danvers, Mass. Townsend Energy is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated energy and home services company servicing residential and commercial customers throughout Northeastern Massachusetts and Southeastern New Hampshire. Jim resides in Beverly Farms, Mass. with his wife Carol. They have two sons, CJ and Brookes. The newest member of the family is a 6 month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Guinness!

Industry positions/awards:

  • Current Chairman, NAORE
  • Past Chairman, NORA
  • Past Chairman, Exxon Heating Fuels Advisory Committee
  • Past President, New England Fuel Institute
  • Past Chairman, NEFI Legislative Committee
  • Past Chairman, NEFi Finance Committee
  • Current Member, NEFI Executive Committee and Finance Committee
  • Past Co-Chairman, Petroleum Marketers Association of America Heating Fuels


  • Past Co-Chairman, National Oil Heat Task Force
  • Current Member, Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and Past Member of

Executive Committees:

  • Current Member, Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire
  • Past Recipient, Teddy Roosevelt “Man in the Arena” Award from ICPA
  • Past Recipient, New England Fuel Institute Charles Burkhardt Award for Distinguished


  • Current Chairman, Board of Energy Insurance
  • Past Chairman, TOV Insurance Group
  • Current Member, Salisbury School Board of Trustees, Salisbury, Conn.



CJ Townsend: President
CJ Townsend currently serves as President of Client Solutions for the Townsend Insurance Group. Having graduated in 2010 from Centre College in Danville, he has spent the past five years in the insurance industry. From 2010 to 2013, CJ worked for Energi Insurance Services, a specialty insurance carrier for an array of energy related companies. While at Energi, CJ served as Account Manager and Regional Distribution Manager for Texas and Oklahoma. In 2013, he returned to the family business to and to the Townsend Insurance Group. He is a licensed producer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and has also completed training at the Travelers Commercial Insurance and Hartford Personal Lines Insurance Schools.