West Virginia Department of Commerce 2011 Energy Summit Speaker Bios

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2011 Energy Summit Speaker Bios




Jason Bostic
Jim Cookman
James W. Crews
Kurt Dettinger
Cal Dooley
James Fawcett
John Felmy
Donald S. Garvin, Jr.

Randy Harris
Jim Howe
Major General James A. Hoyer
Greg Kozera
Charles R. Patton
Delane Richardson
Ernie L. Thrasher
Adam Victor

Jason Bostic

Jason Bostic
Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association


From a family of generations of coal miners, Jason worked in the mining industry as an apprentice miner through college. A native of Cabin Creek, West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, Jason began his career with the West Virginia Coal Association as a student intern in 1998. In 2000, he was hired as a full-time regulatory affairs specialist. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president with primary responsibility for all state and federal environmental affairs. In his current position, he coordinates the activities of the Coal Association’s Environmental-Technical Committee. He also serves as the primary contact with state and federal environmental regulators and Congress, as well as the West Virginia Legislature on environmental legislation related to the coal industry. Jason serves as a gubernatorial appointment to the West Virginia Special Committee on Post-Mining Land Use, is a member of the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force and an advisory board member of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.

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Jim Cookman

Jim Cookman
President & Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Wind Force, LLC

Jim is a principal and member of the board of directors of US Wind Force (USWF), having joined the company in August 2002 as VP of Project Development and now having served in his current capacity as President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2009. His responsibilities include all phases of project development including landowner, community and government relations.

Prior to joining USWF, Mr. Cookman was involved in a diverse variety of business enterprises. Throughout his years as an entrepreneur, he has been involved in such diverse fields as insurance, finance, real estate, broadcast communications and the wireless internet business. In addition to his day-today business activities, Mr. Cookman has remained an active member of his community. He is involved in political activities at the local, state, and national levels. He has held appointed positions under three West Virginia governors having served as a member of the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission and the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Additionally, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMF), a financial holding company with $1.6 billion in assets, based in Moorefield, West Virginia. Through its subsidiary companies, the Summit provides community banking and insurance services through its 15 offices located in West Virginia and Virginia.

At the onset of his tenure with US Wind Force, Mr. Cookman was instrumental in assisting the company with its efforts to encourage legislation, through the West Virginia legislature, to establish tax equity for the wind energy industry when compared with conventional forms of energy generation. The resulting bill, HB2968, which was ultimately signed into law by former Governor Bob Wise, set the stage for wind energy development in the West Virginia. Additionally, Mr. Cookman has assisted the company in identifying development opportunities, successfully pursued land acquisition efforts and represented the company in public and governmental affairs activities.

Mr. Cookman studied at West Virginia University, where he earned an NCAA football scholarship. He was recruited and coached by the legendary Bobby Bowden. He graduated from Fairmont State University in 1976 with a degree in engineering.

Jim and his wife Cathy reside in Petersburg, West Virginia. They have three adult children and one grandson.

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James W. Crews

James W. Crews
Vice President of Northeast Development
for MarkWest Hydrocarbons

Jim Crews, who became Vice President of Northeast Development for MarkWest Hydrocarbons in October 2011 held various positions with NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage- NGT&S (and its predecessor Columbia Gas Transmission) from 1995 to 2011. Most recently he was Managing Director of NGT&S’s Supply & Origination group and was responsible for building the NiSource Midstream Services subsidiary to provide unregulated gathering and processing services in the Appalachian Basin. During his tenure at NiSource, he was Director of Commercial Operations, Manager of Gas Control, Manager of Marketing, Manager of Business Development, and Engineering Supervisor. He has spent his entire professional career in the energy industry. From 1982 to 1985 he worked at Cabot Oil and Gas’ drilling and production division in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1985 he moved to the nuclear power industry and served as a field service engineer for Babcock and Wilcox Nuclear Power in Lynchburg, Virginia. From 1987 to 1995 he worked in engineering, storage, and planning for Washington Gas Light Company in Washington D.C. Jim also served as president of WVONGA in 2010-2011.

Crews received a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University and is a registered professional mechanical engineer in Virginia and Ohio.

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Kurt Dettinger
General Counsel for the Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Mr. Dettinger was unable to attend the summit and his presentation was done by Rob Alsop, Chief of Staff to Governor Tomblin.

G. Kurt Dettinger serves as General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and provides legal representation and counsel to all units of the Governor’s Office. In his role as General Counsel, Mr. Dettinger serves on the Consolidated Public Retirement Board and the West Virginia Law Institute, and as Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority.

Before he served as General Counsel to the Governor, Mr. Dettinger practiced with the law firm Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia where his practice included representation of clients in the coal and natural gas industries and investment banking institutions. Mr. Dettinger is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Mr. Dettinger received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Marshall University in 1996. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2003, where he served as associate editor of Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Mr. Dettinger chairs the West Virginia Marcellus to Manufacturing Task Force. He recently presented testimony before the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a hearing on the production of shale gas from shale plates in West Virginia. He also presented on the evaluation of local and national markets for marcellus ethane in August 2011 at the NGL and Shale Gas Infrastructure Summit in Pennsylvania.

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Cal Dooley

Cal Dooley
President & Chief Executive Officer
of American Chemistry Council

Cal Dooley is the President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a position he began in September 2008. As ACC president, Dooley will continue to redefine and strengthen the chemistry industry by continuing member growth, advancing advocacy at the global, federal and state levels and keeping ACC the “gold standard” among trade associations.

ACC has been recognized as the leader in helping create the most comprehensive shift in energy policy in the last 25 years. ACC worked with members of Congress in passing legislation that allows the drilling of natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf, and has also been lauded for work with Congress in crafting a chemical plant security bill that is balanced. ACC’s priority advocacy efforts focus on the issues of rail competition; chemical site security; chemical regulation; and health, environment and tax.

Prior to joining ACC, Mr. Dooley served as President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). He took over leadership of GMA after serving as President and CEO of the Food Products Association (FPA), which merged with GMA in January 2007.

Mr. Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004. He served on the House Agriculture Committee, as well as the House Resources Committee. Mr. Dooley was a founder of the New Democrat Coalition, an organization of centrist, progrowth members of Congress dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to our nation’s problems.

As a member of Congress, he was a leader in promoting a pro-trade agenda, and he was instrumental in securing passage of Trade Promotion Authority. He was honored by the Washington International Trade Foundation with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award, and was twice recognized by Consumers for Free Trade for his strong support for international trade. Congressional Quarterly named Mr. Dooley one of the House’s most influential “Power Players,” in recognition of the breadth and effectiveness of his leadership in Congress.

Mr. Dooley is a former partner in Dooley Farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis and, as a Sloan Fellow, earned a Master’s degree in Management from Stanford University.

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James Fawcett

James Fawcett
Manager, Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs
for Appalachian Power Company

James Fawcett is Manager-Energy Efficiency and Consumer Programs for Appalachian Power Company (APCo), serving approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. Appalachian Power Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AEP, an electric utility serving more than 5 million customers in 11 states.

Fawcett joined AEP in 1990. He has worked in Customer Service, Business Development, Regulatory Affairs and Demand Side Management in various locations in West Virginia and Kentucky. He is currently working in AEP’s Appalachian Power Headquarters in Charleston, WV.

Fawcett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1987 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2000, both from Marshall University. He has completed the Strategic Leadership Program at The Ohio State University and is also a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers.

He has served and chaired numerous professional and civic organizations. He currently serves on the board of Leadership West Virginia and the Youth Ministry Council of Forrest Burdette UMC. James and his family reside in Hurricane, West Virginia.

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John Felmy

John Felmy
Chief Economist
American Petroleum Institute

John Felmy is Chief Economist of American Petroleum Institute. His areas of emphasis are the economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute. This includes managing the production of the Institute’s weekly and monthly petroleum statistics. He has thirty years experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He received Bachelors and Masters in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Maryland.

Felmy is a member of several professional associations including the American Economics Association, the National Association for Business Economics and the International Association for Energy Economics.

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Donald S. Garvin, Jr.

Donald S. Garvin, Jr.
Legislative Coordinator
for the West Virginia Environmental Council

Don Garvin is currently Legislative Coordinator and lead lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council, a position he has held for the last nine years. Prior to taking this position he served three years as a member of the WVEC lobby team, and has also served two terms as president of that organization.

Mr. Garvin is an active member of Trout Unlimited. He served as secretary and newsletter editor of the Mountaineer Chapter of TU from 1983 to 1998, and as chapter president from 1998 to 2003. In 1999 he was retained by Trout Unlimited to edit and write major portions of the national organization’s “Advocacy Manual,” which continues to be used as TU’s primary guidebook on interacting with federal and state regulatory agencies.

In addition, Mr. Garvin is a board member of both the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.

From 1982 to 1998 Mr. Garvin was vice president and field manager of Braxton Oil and Gas Corp., a family-owned independent natural gas production company with offices in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He attended Northwestern University where he majored in journalism and worked in that field prior to 1982.

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Randy Harris
Technology Director
Transgas


As a nuclear engineer, Randy began his career with the U.S. Department of Energy, working on nuclear cleanup projects. Later he worked in the Director’s Office of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown. After retiring from NETL, Randy moved to Southern West Virginia to promote advanced coal projects.

Randy began his employment with the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in 2007. He worked in concert with Redevelopment Authority Director Mike Witt to identify and recruit coal technologies to Mingo County. Through a series of fortuitous events, Transgas selected Mingo County as the site for its coal to liquids project.

We are excited for Randy to be with us today to give us an update on the project.

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Jim Howe

Jim Howe
Director of Government Relations for USEC, Inc.

Jim Howe is responsible for interacting with congressional, state, executive branch, and nongovernmental interests on USEC’s work in uranium enrichment and the storage and transportation of spent nuclear fuel. His work focuses on the state-of-the-art American Centrifuge enrichment plant as well as leading edge storage technologies developed by NAC International, a subsidiary of USEC.

Prior to joining USEC, Howe served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. As the senior career official in the office, he oversaw all aspects of the Department’s legislative and congressional affairs operations during the 2009 presidential transition. Throughout his two-year tenure he was responsible for the office’s dayto- day activities and spearheaded a congressional outreach initiative that reached hundreds of members and staff.

Howe retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in May 2008 following 27 years of commissioned service. He was a career cutterman who served 11 years at sea, most recently in command of the 270-foot cutter TAMPA.

Howe’s last duty assignment began in July 2005, where as Chief of Congressional Affairs he oversaw all Coast Guard activity related to Capitol Hill. From 2003 to 2005, he served in the Office of the Vice President of the United States as a Special Advisor for Homeland Security, focusing on border and transportation security issues.

He is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government. In 1991 he earned a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University (Extension School). In 2002 he graduated from the Marine Corps War College, earning a Master’s of Strategic Studies. Howe is a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI program and recently served as Vice Chairman of the Editorial Board for the U.S. Naval Institute.

Howe is a native of Thomaston, Connecticut and is married to the former Shira Lifchez of Columbia, South Carolina. The Howes have five children and reside in northern Virginia.

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James A. Hoyer

Major General James A. Hoyer
Adjutant General for the West Virginia National Guard

Major General James A. Hoyer assumed the duties of the Adjutant General, West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters- West Virginia on February 1, 2011. As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provides command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard of more than 6,000 citizen soldiers and airmen. He provides the overall supervision of the day-to-day operations and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment and the real property resources of the agency.

General Hoyer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Charleston and was commissioned in 1983 through a joint Reserve Officer Training Corps program with West Virginia State University. General Hoyer began his military career in the West Virginia National Guard as a Cavalry Officer. He attended the Special Forces Officer Qualification course and spent more than 14 years with the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group. General Hoyer led the development of the West Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, as well as the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center and its Center for National Response, which is a national-level operational and training facility for critical infrastructure protection and consequence response. General Hoyer’s most recent assignment was Director, Joint Staff, West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters.

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Greg Kozera

Greg Kozera
Southern Appalachian Region Sales Manager
for Superior Well Services

Greg Kozera is the Southern Appalachian Region Sales Manager for Superior Well Services located in Elkview, West Virginia. He is also the current President of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association. Greg has held positions in engineering and management in the natural gas and oil industry for more than 35 years.

Mr. Kozera is a professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association. He retired from the industry in 2007 to become a full time professional speaker and author. That retirement lasted less than a month. He soon realized he could make a more positive impact and contribution to our country’s energy future (and the future well-being of his grandchildren) by staying in the energy industry.

Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Marshall University. He is also a registered professional engineer.

Mr. Kozera is the author of two books on leadership and numerous technical papers and articles. Greg is also a regular industry and newspaper columnist. In addition to his work in the industry, he is the assistant coach of the boys’ soccer team at Charleston Catholic High School. His teams have made seven state tournament appearances. They recently won their third consecutive state championship.

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Charles R. Patton

Charles R. Patton
President & Chief Operating Officer
of Appalachian Power Co., American Electric Power Co.

Charles Patton is president and chief operating officer for Appalachian Power, serving approximately one million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. He has authority for distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships.

Previously, Patton was executive vice president – AEP Utilities West, responsible for the distribution, customer service and financial performance of AEP’s utility operating companies in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

From 2004 to 2008, Patton was president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas, serving approximately 901,000 customers. Prior to this, he served in numerous leadership roles focusing on Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. In these roles, Patton focused on community relations and public policy matters. He was responsible for building and maintaining external relationships with regulators, legislators, consumers and other stakeholders who have an impact on AEP for public policy matters in these states.

Patton has been active in state energy policy matters. He was appointed by former Texas Gov. George Bush to serve on the Texas Energy Coordination Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patton to the Texas Energy Planning Council, which was established to advise the governor on energy matters.

Patton received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas in Austin.

He has served and chaired numerous professional civic

organizations in the communities in which he has lived. Charles and his family currently reside in Charleston, West Virginia where he currently serves on the boards of the Governor’s 21st Century Jobs Cabinet, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia.

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Delane Richardson

Delane Richardson
Vice President of Business Development
for Chemtex

Delane has been serving as VP of Business Development for Chemtex since January of 2011. Prior to that time, she was Director of Research and Development for the polyester resin business of the corporate parent Gruppo M&G. Trained as a chemical engineer, Delane was previously employed by Eastman Chemical Company, where she served multiple facets of the chemical industry. Her duties included marketing; research and development; technical service; quality, environmental, and manufacturing management.

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Ernie L. Thrasher

Ernie L. Thrasher
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Marketing Officer
of Xcoal Energy & Resources

Ernie Thrasher has more than 35 years experience in the coal industry.

His coal experience began in 1974 working for a familyowned mining company with operations in Maryland.

Thrasher held various positions in mine operations and mine management through 1981.

Prior to forming Xcoal Energy & Resources in 2003, Thrasher spent 22 years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI.

Xcoal was the largest exporter of U.S. coal in 2010. In addition to marketing U.S. coal to customers throughout the world, Xcoal activities include the financing and development of mining projects and related infrastructure projects.

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Adam Victor

Adam Victor
President of TransGas Development Systems

Adam Victor’s career has spanned some of the most critical times in energy history in the United States.

After graduating from Cornell University with an engineering degree in 1974, his first assignment was with the Arabian- American Oil Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where his engineering expertise helped expand the newly discovered oil fields in the Ar’ Rub Al’ Kahali Desert. His two subsequent assignments were to Welkom, South Africa, with the Anglo- American Mining Company working in its gold mines and uranium plants, and then to Malawi with the Lonrho Mining Company. During this time he completed his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

In 1981, Mr. Victor started his own company, Project Orange Associates, which developed and operated an 80 megawatt cogeneration plant in Syracuse, New York. It was known as the first project in the United States to buy its reserves in the ground and the first project to receive permission to import natural gas into the United States from Canada.

When not working, Mr. Victor enjoys spending time with wife JoAnn and four children and practicing Judo, a sport in which he holds a black belt.

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