Executive Director – Charlie Burd has been the executive director of the Gas and Oil Association of WV, Inc., (GO-WV) since it was formed on January 1, 2021 through the merger of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) into the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV). Charlie had been the executive director of IOGAWV since July 2002.
Charlie’s depth of knowledge of the oil and natural gas industry complements his duties in managing the day-to-day operations of the over 500-member trade association of oil and natural gas operators and those businesses that serve them. Charlie also oversees GO-WV’s legislative efforts.
Prior to joining GO-WV, Charlie enjoyed a 29-year career at Hope Gas, Inc., where he held a variety of operations, sales and management positions. He holds an associate degree in accounting from Mountain State College (’76), a Regents BA from Glenville State College (’82) and is a 1995 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma’s “Economic Development Institute” –where he earned the national distinction as a “Certified Economic Developer”. Charlie is also a 2001 graduate and member of the “Leadership West Virginia” program for select business professionals in West Virginia.
Charlie serves on the Industry Advisory Committees for WVU’s College of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, WVU’s Program for Energy and Land Management, and WVU’s West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He is active with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.
Charlie is the official West Virginia state representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) of behalf of Governor Jim Justice, and is the Immediate Past 1st Vice Chairman, and chairman of the Commission’s Steering Committee.
Charlie was honored as the “2017 West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year” by the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival Board of Directors.
Charlie and Leone, his wife of more than 25 years, reside in Vienna, WV, with their son Nathan, a senior in the academic honors program in the Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources – Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University where he majors in computer science with a minor in cyber security. His older son Charlie is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Masala Enterprises and resides in New Delhi, India.
Lori Miller Smith
Director of Administrative Services – Lori Miller Smith brings a wealth of experience to her work at the Gas and Oil Association of WV, Inc., also known as GO-WV. She is Director of Administrative Services, including administering the IOGAWV insurance program, which, with her guidance and leadership, has grown into Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia’s largest fully funded insurance program in the state. Lori plans and directs the association’s yearly meetings and is responsible for all of GO-WV’s office and business functions. Prior to the 2020 merger of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc. and the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association, she came to IOGAWV in 1995 after nearly twenty years of service to Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. At Cabot, she was the Regional Administrator and managed all office functions.
Lori is a graduate and member of the “Leadership West Virginia” program for select business professionals in West Virginia. She graduated cum laude and first in her class from West Virginia State University with an undergraduate degree in marketing, which she completed while being employed full-time and raising a family.
Outside her duties at GO-WV, she serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Society of Association Executives and the Women’s Energy Network and is active in other civic organizations. She was a charter member of the West Virginia Desk and Derrick Club and was also a charter member and past president of the Mountain State Desk and Derrick Club. She is a past Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. Outside of her professional interests, she loves to travel and loves camping, movies, music and reading, and enjoys living in South Charleston with her family. She is married to Rick Smith and has two sons, Jason and Steven, two stepchildren, Courtney and Brandon, and three grandchildren.
Member Services Coordinator – Katie McCracken is a Member Services Coordinator for GO-WV. Katie originally came to then-IOGAWV in December 2018, first as a temporary employee, then ultimately being promoted to a permanent staff member in February 2019. Katie works primarily with the insurance program and its 100-plus company members. She assists in all other GO-WV activities, including the membership database, meeting planning and attendance at events.
Katie has one young son, Alex, whom she describes as “the love of her life.”
Member Services Coordinator – Jordan Bonnett is a Member Services Coordinator for GO-WV. Jordan came to GO-WV in December 2021, following his graduation from West Virginia State University. Jordan works primarily with the insurance program and its 100-plus company members. He assists in all other GO-WV activities, including the membership database, meeting planning and attendance at events.
Jordan has visited all state parks in West Virginia and loves flea markets, fitness and travel.