Atlas Commodities Announces Expansion into Natural Gas Liquids Brokerage


Strategic New Hires of NGL veterans TJ James and Chris Wielgus bring in-depth experience to Houston-based commodity brokerage firm

HOUSTON – July 9, 2020 – Atlas Commodities LLC, a Houston-based full-service commodity brokerage firm in all energies, including power, natural gas and crude oil/products, announced today it has expanded its brokerage capabilities to include natural gas liquids (NGL) with the strategic hire of two new employees.

TJ James, NGL Desk Lead

TJ James has joined the firm as the NGL desk lead, previously working at ION Energy Group LLC as an NGL broker, Ne2 Group LLC as an NGL and crude broker and Wells Fargo Commodities, where he focused on energy derivatives origination. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, James has served in various energy brokerage roles developing desks in NGLs and crude grades. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Arabic.

Christopher (Chris) Wielgus also joins Atlas Commodities’ NGL desk, most recently working at DV Trading in New York City, where he was an NGL market maker. Wielgus has worked in energy trading roles in a variety of companies across North America, including Newedge, Societe General and Vectra Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Richmond.

Chris Wielgus, NGL Broker

Andrew Goldstein, president of Atlas Commodities, said, “We’re excited to enhance our Atlas Commodities team with two experienced industry experts. TJ and Chris will play a key role in our mission to deliver strong performance and continued growth across all commodity classes. As the country continues on a path towards re-opening, this is an extremely good time for Atlas to bring on the valuable expertise that will be essential to our diversification into NGLs.”

Atlas Commodities, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iapetus Holdings LLC, a portfolio of privately held energy services businesses and alternative investments.

About Atlas Commodities

Atlas Commodities LLC is a brokerage firm that facilitates trading for both institutional buyers and sellers and producers, processors and end-users in all energies, including power, natural gas and crude oil/products. Atlas’ product offerings include a variety of financial derivatives and physical products. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Atlas Commodities is an operating company of Iapetus Holdings LLC, a privately held portfolio company with a suite of energy services businesses and alternative investments. For more information, visit