From the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program last week:






OOGEEP Announces New Leadership on Board of Directors




















Marty Miller (right) recognizes Eric Smith at the 2015 OOGA Winter Meeting.




Marty Miller elected Chairman 
                                                              


 



GRANVILLE, OH - The Board of Directors of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently elected Marty Miller as Chairman following the retirement of Eric Smith.



 



Smith has served as Chairman of OOGEEP and President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation since 2010. Miller has served as Vice-Chairman of the OOGEEP Board of Directors during the same period. Current OOGEEP Board Member Ron Whitmire, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for EnerVest, Ltd., was elected Vice-Chairman.



 



Marty Miller is Vice President of Operations for Alliance Petroleum Corporation. He has 35 years experience in oil and gas exploration, production and development operations. He has served on the OOGEEP Board of Directors since 2007 and chairs the OOGEEP Safety and Workforce Committee. He is also past President and Board Member of the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association.



 



"I'm incredibly proud of the work OOGEEP does on behalf of Ohio's oil and gas industry and look forward to growing those efforts," said Miller. "Now, more than ever, Ohioans need to feel a connection to the industry that is responsible for so much from the products they use to the power that runs their lives. I will work tirelessly to continue the legacy of leadership set by people like Eric Smith; it's a tall task but I'm excited to get to work."



 



Eric Smith is the President of Maric Drilling Company, H & S Operating Company and GHS Properties.   He was elected Chairman of the OOGEEP Board of Directors in 2010 and has served on the board since 2003. Smith was instrumental in creating and developing OOGEEP's Emergency Response Training Program, which is now endorsed by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. Eric is a past member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; he also served as and Chairman of the Association's Technical Committee. He's an inductee into the OOGA Hall of Fame and in 2014 was named in Columbus Business First's "Who's Who in Energy." 



 



"OOGEEP is as strong as it's ever been and I can't wait to see what the future holds," said Smith. "The organization has adapted along with the industry yet continues to fulfill its core mission of public outreach and education. Ohio's oil and gas industry is better off because of OOGEEP's valuable work and I'm honored to have been a part of those efforts for more than a decade."



 



"Ohio's oil and gas producers are indebted to Eric Smith for his service to OOGEEP as Board Member and Chairman," said Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director. "He oversaw a period of growth for our organization that will allow us to increase our education, outreach and training efforts. Marty Miller is the perfect person to lead OOGEEP into the future. His years of experience and expertise will be invaluable as OOGEEP moves forward on behalf of Ohio's oil and gas industry."



 



Miller follows John Herron (1999-2000), Jerry James (2000-2007), David Hill (2007-2010) and Eric Smith (2010-2015) as Chairman of the Board of Directors.



 



Tim Altier has been selected to replace Smith on the OOGEEP Board. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Technical Advisory Council recently approved Altier's replacement. Altier serves as Conventional Production Manager for Eclipse Resources. He has worked in the oil and gas industry his entire career, starting on his father's workover rig. He has worked in drilling, completions, production and natural gas storage operations for several companies, including Range Resources as the company drilled some of the first horizontal Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania. Tim earned degrees in Petroleum Engineering from both Marietta College (Bachelor of Science) and West Virginia University (Master of Science).