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Dozen added to Ohio Oil and Gas Association's Hall of Fame

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 6, 2014 — The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) welcomed its class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees during a ceremony held last night as part of the association’s annual Winter Meeting.

The OOGA Hall of Fame, which was created in 1987, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Ohio’s oil and gas industry. The Hall of Fame inducts new members every four years. Inductees are nominated by their industry peers and selected by OOGA’s executive committee. After yesterday’s ceremony, Hall of Fame membership is now 125.

“The individuals selected for the Hall of Fame are passionate about and committed to Ohio’s oil and gas industry,” said David R. Hill, OOGA president. “We thank them for their unwavering support and congratulate them for achieving the industry’s highest honor in Ohio.”

The 2014 OOGA Hall of Fame inductees are:
Fred A. Badertscher — Owner of Buckeye Water Services
Robert D. Barrick — Employee at Tech Star, Inc.
Thomas P. Giusti — Principal at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.
Steven L. Grose — Partner at Concord Park Energy Development, LLC.
James R. Halloran — Vice president at PNC Wealth Management
Carl Heinrich — Partner at Heinrich Enterprises, Inc.
Dr. William Hlavin — President and owner of Bass Energy, Inc.
Angela Howard — Retired, OOGA member
Thomas E. Niehaus — Principal at Vorys Advisors, former Ohio senate president
Richard C. Poling — Owner of R.C. Poling, Co.
James R. Smail — Owner of J.R. Smail, Inc.
Thomas E. Stewart — Executive vice president, OOGA

About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,200 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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