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OOGA celebrates the holidays, bids farewell to president David Hill and welcomes incoming President Jim Aslanides

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 23, 2016

With 2017 rapidly approaching, the Association would like to take a moment to recap some activities ending 2016 and take a look ahead at 2017. Last Thursday we hosted our Annual Holiday Membership reception at the Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark. The event had a great turnout, with 250 of our members coming out to celebrate the holiday season with colleagues, friends and Association staff.

Prior to the Holiday Reception the Association held an annual meeting for the OOGA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. This year was especially significant as the Association’s leadership is undergoing a presidential transition due to term limits.

The Association has been under the leadership of David R. Hill from January 2014 to December 2016. This is an unusual term for the Association’s president to hold, but when the OOGA needed someone to step-up and fulfill an extra year of an unexpired presidential term, David stepped right in.

To say that David faced a difficult term would be an understatement. Over the past 36 months he guided the Association through wildly fluctuating oil and gas prices; he started his term as the industry began to peak and saw prices collapse at the end of 2015, thankfully he is leaving at a time when prices have begun to pick up. In addition, he was here to see the Association through a major transition when Tom Stewart retired as the OOGA’s executive vice president after 21 years in late 2014, and Shawn Bennett took over the position to manage and lead the organization. These events only begin to skim the surface.  

The onslaught of legislative and regulatory changes presented from both the state and federal government throughout this time has been unprecedented. David has been instrumental in helping to identify possible threats to the industry and guide the OOGA to deal with them accordingly.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t give a proper farewell to our President David R. Hill,” said Shawn Bennett, OOGA’s executive vice president. “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. David however took the helm during some of the roughest seas our industry has faced in many years. Without his guidance and leadership, our Association would not have been in the position it is today.  We thank you for your time, your effort, those years we have unintentionally taken off of your life by being the President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.”

The Association is extremely grateful for David’s service to Ohio’s oil and gas producers. David will continue to stay involved with the OOGA and among our past presidents council. With that, we would like to welcome Jim Aslanides to the OOGA as our new president.

“Having worked with Jim over the years, there couldn’t have been a better pick to follow David,” said Bennett. “He is a true leader and as a former legislator, he will be invaluable as we continue to drive oil and gas policy at the Ohio Statehouse.”

Jim Aslanides has a multi-faceted background that will greatly benefit the Association. Jim has served in various capacities during his career, as Chair and a member of OOGA Committees, as a member of the Ohio House of Representative, and now, as the Association’s President.

Jim currently serves as the President of Media Fuel Company (dba MFC Drilling, Inc.). The company, which was founded in 1981, is actively involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas in Ohio. The company has also made new field discoveries in the State of Ohio.

Jim has been a member of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association since 1981. He has served on the OOGA Board of Trustees twice, with the first run beginning in 1996. He served for six years, ending his first Board of Trustees run in 2001. Jim rejoined the OOGA Board in 2009, where he has served ever since. During this time, he has served as the Chair of the OOGA Meetings Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee.

When Jim was away, he was serving the constituents of the 94th and 95th House Districts. On June 30, 1999, Aslanides was elected to replace Rep. Joy Padgett, who had resigned. Aslanides served an additional four terms in this position.

As Jim prepares to takeover leadership of the Association, he is reminded of a saying that he is fond of: “As a family of producers, there is no one of us that is as good as all of us.” Jim will use this as a mantra for his upcoming Presidency. 

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Joseph Altier, Altier Gas & Oil Co., Inc., J.V. says...
Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The best of luck

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