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McCown is selected as Man of the Year

By Staff | Sep 10, 2014

Michael McCown

Michael McCown has been selected as the 2014 West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year for his outstanding achievements and leadership in the West Virginia Oil and Gas Industry. During the Festival, Sept. 11-13, he will be honored at a special luncheon and will serve as the Parade Marshal for the Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade.

McCown grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio. He attended Ohio University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1976. He then went to work for Pennzoil in Parkersburg, W.Va. He worked as an engineer until 1981 when he was transferred to Salem, W.Va. to serve as superintendent. After three years, he transferred back to Parkersburg and worked as the district superintendent. In 1992, McCown transferred to Midland, Texas; then to Oil City, PA; and finally back to Parkersburg in 19998. He held various managerial positions with Pennzoil during his 24 year career.

After Pennzoil was acquired by Devon, McCown worked there for one year while the Appalachian Assets were sold. Later he served as the Vice President for East Resources, operations manager for EOG Resources in Pittsburgh, PA, and the chief operating officer of CDX Gas in Charleston W.Va. He opened Gastar Exploration Inc.’s W.Va. office in 2010 and served as vice president in Clarksburg until June 2013 when he was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer of Gastar’s Houston, Texas operations.

Mike McCown is a Registered Professional Engineer in W.Va. and Ohio. He has been very active in the industry service in W.Va. for the past 20 years. He served seven years on the West Virginia Oil and Gas Association’s Board of Directors, and one year as president. He also served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, and was president of that association as well. He received the IOGA Gunslinger Award for Distinguished Service to the industry, and has been a vocal advocate of the recent dramatic Marcellus and Utica activity in the Appalachian Basin.

He and his wife Pam (third generation oil-field), live in Mineral Wells. Their three children and six grandchildren also reside in West Virginia.