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WV Oil & Gas Person of the Year Announced

By Staff | Sep 11, 2019

Pictured is this year’s West Virginia Oil and Gas Person of the Year Rusty Hutson, Jr.

The Board of Directors for the 51st Annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival has named Rusty Hutson, Jr. as the “2019 West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year.”

Rusty Hutson, Jr. is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Gas and Oil PLC. Born and raised in West Virginia, Mr. Hutson, Jr. is the fourth generation in his family to immerse himself in the gas and oil industry, with family roots dating back to the early 1900s. Rusty spent many summers of his youth working with his father and grandfather in the oil fields of West Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State College (WV) with a degree in accounting and earned his CPA License (Ohio).

After college, Rusty spent 13 years steadily progressing into multiple leadership roles at well-known banking institutions such as Bank One and Compass Bank. His final years in the banking industry were spent as CFO of Compass Financial Services.

Building upon his experiences in the Oil & Gas Industry as well as the financial sector, Rusty established Diversified Gas & Oil in 2001. After years of refining his strategy, Rusty and his team quietly took DGO public in 2017. He continues to lead his team and expand the company’s footprint throughout the Appalachian Basin.

With a rapidly growing portfolio, Rusty remains focused on operational excellence and creating shareholder value.

During the festival, Mr. Hutson will be honored at a special luncheon to be held at the historic First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 14. Immediately following the luncheon, he will serve as Parade Marshal for the “Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade.”