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Bennett joins Ohio Oil and Gas Association as senior vice president

By Bob Downing Published: August 21, 2014

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Association today:

Ohio Oil and Gas Association Announces Shawn Bennett as New Senior Vice President

COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 21, 2014 — As its membership grows alongside the state’s expanding oil and gas industry, Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) Executive Vice President Thomas E. Stewart today announced that Shawn Bennett, a long-time supporter and voice for Ohio energy producers, has joined the association as senior vice president.

In his new role, Bennett will contribute to OOGA’s advocacy and public-policy efforts on behalf of the association’s more than 3,300 members and assist with managing day-to-day operations. 

“Shawn has been a strident supporter of energy development in the state for many years and has great knowledge about the processes, regulations and issues concerning our industry in Ohio,” said Stewart. “I am pleased to have him join my team to support the hundreds of oil and gas producers operating throughout the state.”   

Previously, Bennett served as director of Energy In Depth-Ohio (EID), a grassroots advocacy, research and education initiative organized in support of responsible oil and gas development. In his role as EID director, Bennett worked with business leaders, elected officials and residents in eastern Ohio regarding the safety and economic benefits of oil and gas exploration. 

A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Bennett received his bachelor’s degree in political communications from Ohio University. For his work on behalf of the oil and gas industry, Bennett received the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Workhorse Award, The Daily Jeffersonian’s 2013 Person of the Year Award and was named to Columbus Business First’s Top 20 to Know in Energy in 2013.

About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,300 members who are actively engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit



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