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Luncheon Held To Celebrate Freshwater as Man of Year

By Staff | Sep 19, 2018

Photo by Chad Turner Former Gas Men of the Year pose with new member David Freshwater and Queen Madison Campbell.

A luncheon was held Sept. 15 at the Presbyterian Church in Sistersville to recognize West Virginia Oil & Gas Man of the Year David Freshwater. The luncheon began with an introduction from Delegate Roger Romine. Romine recognized head table guests, special guests, and former gas men of the year. Reverend Colleen Griffith lead the invocation before the luncheon. The luncheon was catered by Quinet’s Court Restaurant and sponsored by I.O.G.A.

Freshwater was introduced by former Man of the Year Charlie Burd. Freshwater then delivered a speech to attendants describing his experience and involvement with the oil and gas industry. After the luncheon, Freshwater was named as Parade Marshal.

In 1970 at the age of 25, Freshwater founded David A. Freshwater Well Service (later known as Petro Services), a conventional well servicing company. In 1974, Freshwater was approached by Mr. Reeves Lewenthal, a U.S. Art pioneer turned oil and gas developer, to lease and develop oil and gas properties. Between 1975 and 1981, Lewenthal, Freshwater and his partner, Richard L. Mann, backed by New York Investment Bank, Allen & Company, drilled several hundred wells throughout the Appalachian Basin. In 1981 they merged entities to create Allegheny & Western Energy Corporation (A&W), a publicly held company. In addition to being a major shareholder, Freshwater became vice president of operations. The company later expanded with their purchase of Columbia Gas of West Virginia which today is known as Mountaineer Gas Company. With over 6,000 miles of pipeline Mountaineer Gas became the largest gas utility company in West Virginia. Freshwater had the opportunity and re-purchased the majority of the Petro Services assets, and today continues the company as ConServ. Today, ConServ provides contracting services to a number of oil and gas related companies throughout the entire U.S.

In addition to ConServ and Reserve, Freshwater is president of Essex Energy Investments, Inc., and is a manging member of Spencer Handimart, LLC convenience stores, Arbor Holdings, LLC real estate, United Gas Pipeline Company, LLC and Ajax Pipeline Company, LLC gathering pipeline companies, and Apollo Air, LLC. Freshwater served as a Board Member of the First Neighborhood Bank of Spencer for 21 years and as a governor appointed commissioner to the West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority.

The Oil & Gas Committee would like to thank the following contributors to the Oil & Gas Festival include: I.O.G.A., Waco Oil and Gas, Inc., Jackson Gas Company, City of Sistersville, DAC, T and F Exploration, Perkins Oil and Gas, Inc., John B. Simonton, Union Bank, Tuscany Ga, LLC., Wable Ford, Inc., Mike Ross, Inc., Sistersville Police Dept., E & H Manufacturing, Inc., Donald Supcoe, Antero Resources, Sistersville Tank Works, Perkins Supply, Inc., Sisterville Park and Pool, Tyler County Development Authority, Terry Wiley – Gaslight Theater & Sistersville Museum, Lex Cam Enterprises, LLC Micheal McCown, Sistersville Fire Dept., D.G. Haney, Inc., Amtower Supply, Inc., Sistersville Community Service Org., J.F. Deem Oil and Gas, Bell Chevrolet, Tyler County Council of Senior Citizens, 93R-FM Radio, Tyler Star News, First Presbyterian Church, Robert L. Radabaugh Environmental Services, S and R. Gas Ventures, LTD, Robert Wable, Tyler Consolidated Band Patrons, Alta Energy, LLC Ben Hardesty, Wesbanco, Dominion Energy, Dee’s Paint and Body Shop, Danny Nagle, Richard Heffelfinger, Gold Derrick Gallery.