Supcoe Praises Family, Friends During Speech
SISTERSVILLE – West Virginia’s Oil and Gas Man of the Year spoke of his upbringing during his speech Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. The crowd was packed with former Oil and Gas men, bankers, civic officials and noted members of Tyler County society.
“I was fortunate to have some great parents who taught me right from wrong; the value of hard work and the fact that life will occasionally throw you a curve ball or two and may not always be what you consider to be fair, but if you keep moving forward, things will generally work out one way or the other,” said Donald C. Supcoe, a decades long top oil and gas executive and industry leader.
Supcoe said he is one of six children, the oldest son. He called his mother Maureen a lovely lady who an kind but firm ability to manage children.
Supcoe said he met his wife Patty of 36 years while they were attending West Virginia University.
Supcoe graduated from WVU with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and earned a law degree from his alma mater.
The couple would raise their family together and taught their three children the values that lead to success. For more than 35 years, Supcoe would be employed by Energy Corporation of America.
“The best part was working with so many people who have become friends,” said Supcoe, now retired.
The oil and gas titan, who started small working in places like Weston and later at the state capital, quoted football coach Vince Lombardi. Today, Supcoe is the executive vice president and general counsel for the Energy Corporation of America, where he has served as a director since 2005. He has been employed in various capacities since 1981 and served as the Senior Vice President of Mountaineer Gas Company from 1998 until its sale in August of 2000.
“‘Individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work,'” he said.
An industry leader, Supcoe is active in the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and has served as president of the organization. He is also a past vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mid Atlantic Holdings, Inc., and a trustee at large for the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.
Barbara Vincent, a key organize of the Oil and Gas Festival, presented Supcoe with a plaque.
“You don’t realize who humble and excited I am to have been given this wonderful honor,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”