Matt Hammond

Matthew Hammond

Matt serves at the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association having been elected to that position in March 2018. Hammond is the chief executive officer of the Association and its operations; an industry spokesman to media outlets and other forums; editor of the Association’s publication, treasurer of the Association’s political action committee; and serves as the public policy advocate in Columbus and Washington D.C. on behalf of OOGA members’ interest.

Prior to joining OOGA, Matt was a principal for Vorys Advisors LLC where he worked closely with members of the state legislature, the governor’s office and state agencies, primarily focused in advising oil and gas clients. Previously, Matt was the senior director of government affairs for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, where he served as a member of OOGA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. He also previously worked as vice president for Strategic Public Partners where he managed several high profile energy clients.

Matt received his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.


Jo Sexton

Jo Sexton

Jo Sexton has served as President of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce since January, 2010. She is a business and marketing professional with more than 30 years of experience in leading the development and execution of strategic business and marketing programs, primarily in financial institutions throughout Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina.

She has a degree in Business Management from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Prior to her Chamber position Jo was Vice President and Marketing Director for Advantage Bank. Jo and her husband came to Cambridge from Raleigh, North Carolina where she was First Vice President of Business Banking for National Commerce Financial Corporation in Durham.

In her career she has focused on strategic planning, marketing to women, business leadership, quality management, product development, and especially small business management.

She and her husband Dan chose to move to Cambridge thirteen years ago from North Carolina because of the quality of life in this area, and to return to their home state of Ohio. They moved 11 times across the Midwest and New England for both of their jobs and decided they wanted to find a place to stay – that place is Cambridge. They have 10 acres in the country west of town that they share with a golden retriever and a German shorthaired pointer.

Jo and her husband have two grown children, Doug (Dublin, Ohio) and Jennifer (Indianapolis, Indiana), and six grandchildren.


Martin Shumway

Martin R. Shumway, PE, CPG

Mr. Shumway has been involved in the resource industry for most of his career. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mining and petroleum industries, and has extensive experience with both exploration and development of oil and gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. He has completed numerous reserve evaluations, field studies, production studies, and geological evaluations of petroleum properties. Mr. Shumway is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE.72266) in Ohio and holds certifications issued by the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) as a Certified Petroleum Geologist (CPG #6025), and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES #3162) as a Certified Professional Earth Scientist. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Shumway currently serves as Technical Officer for Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, focusing on business in the Appalachian basin.

Presentation Synopsis

Using Customized Production Technology to Address Decline Curve Challenges

Upstream oil expert, Martin (Marty) Shumway, will discuss the advancements in microbial-based production technology throughout the past year, including the importance of customizing treatments to specific well characteristics to maximize results. He’ll demonstrate how HSE-friendly, tailored solutions for well stimulation and paraffin dispersal (like Locus Bio-Energy’s AssurEOR products) are providing an innovative solution to decline curve challenges, making them a top trend across the nation’s largest oil basins.

In addition to details on the characteristics and performance of this non-bacterial, customized approach, attendees will learn more about the array of financial benefit it offers—from production increases over extended periods to lowered LOE and potential tax credits—with specific examples from wells in the Appalachian and Permian basins.


Gregory L. Mason

Gregory L. Mason

He has 38 years experience in prospect development, drilling and completion procedures in the Appalachian Basin. He has served as a Geologist with CGAS Exploration, Murphy Oil Company, and Atwood Resources. More recently he was the Exploration and Production Manager for NGO Development Corporation. He received a BS degree in Geology from Kent State University and is a registered Certified Petroleum Geologist with the AAPG. He is a member of the Ohio Geological Society, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Currently serving as a board member for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, and member of the operating committee for OOGEEP. Past president of the Ohio Geological Society and the Ohio Oil and Gas Safety Council. Recently served as member of the Unconventional Resources Technical Advisory Committee which advised the Secretary of Energy on the development and implementation of research related to onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources.

Presentation Synopsis

Site Selection, Planning & Economics

A short primer on selecting and evaluating a horizontal clinton prospect. Changing paradigms and changing approaches to developing oil and gas prospects in a historically productive conventional reservoir.


Rick Simmers

Rick Simmers

As Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Rick Simmers is responsible for enforcing Ohio’s laws related to oil and gas drilling, production, plugging, orphan wells, solution mining, enhanced recovery, gas storage and underground injection control operations.

An ODNR career employee, Simmers began working for the Oil and Gas Program in 1985. Over the years he has served as a staff geologist, ground water investigator, acting chief and statewide field enforcement administrator.

Simmers earned both a Master of Science degree and Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Akron. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Akron.

He is currently serving as Ohio’s representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and has also served on the Ground Water Protection Council.

Jeanne Ruthloff

Jeanne Ruthloff

Jeanne Ruthloff is the Senior Vice President and Technology Practice Leader at JMT. She has over 22 years of experience providing information technology, content management and geospatial services and solutions to natural resource, transportation, public safety, facilities and public utility agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography & Environmental Planning and a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management with a specialization in Database Systems & Security. Ms. Ruthloff also serves on various advisory boards and committees that foster technology collaboration and innovation and is an advocate for the advancement of geospatial curriculum in K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

Presentation Synopsis

Database Demonstration and General Update

Chief Richard Simmers, ODRN DOGRM and Jeanne Ruthloff, Senior Vice President JMT Technology Group: Join Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management Chief Richard Simmers as he provides an update on the Division. Chief Simmers will be joined by JMT Senior Vice President Jeanne Ruthloff as the two demonstrate the new database that the Division will be rolling-out in 2019!


Roger Lipscomb

Roger Lipscomb

Roger Lipscomb has been the President/Executive Director of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OHIO811) since 2006. Mr. Lipscomb’s diverse utility management and construction background has further allowed OHIO811 the versatility to provide quality support to the excavation, construction, utility management and damage prevention industries.

Mr. Lipscomb was actively involved in facilitating the formation of the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Coalition (OUDPC) and, under his leadership, OHIO811 has played an instrumental role in shaping the first updates to Ohio’s damage prevention laws in more than two decades. During his tenure with OHIO811, he has been active in the Common Ground Alliance, Norfield Development Partners (currently serving as Chairman) and One Calls of America, where he served as past President.

Presentation Synopsis

OGPUPS/OUPS Transition to OHIO811


Bob Winland

Bob Winland

Bob grew up in Bremen, Ohio (Fairfield County). He began working the oil fields of Perry and Hocking Counties at age 5, when his father began a job as a pumper for local operator W. E. Shrider Company. He proceeded to have a 36-year career with Marathon Oil Company, residing in Illinois, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Texas. During his career he held office and field positions in various staff and supervisory roles in the areas of engineering, geoscience, and business. His positions in the Houston corporate office included responsibility for the engineering and economic aspects of Marathon’s International Exploration portfolio, and the economic modeling of Marathon’s acreage acquisitions in the Bakken and Eagle Ford plays.

Bob holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have two adult daughters and three grandchildren. He enjoys Ford Mustangs and is involved in local and national Mustang organizations. He lives in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Presentation Synopsis

It’s Time for a Fresh Look at Berea and Clinton Secondary Recovery

It is well known that recovery of original oil in place in the Berea and Clinton in Ohio is abysmally low, in the range of 10-20%. It is also well known that there have been very few successful secondary recovery projects in the state, specifically over the past 50 years. In addition, there are numerous hurdles to implementing secondary recovery, some specific to our area. So, is this a lost cause?

Secondary recovery, usually in the form of gas injection, was a common, successful process in Ohio in the first half of the 20th century. But when hydraulic fracturing arrived in the early 1950’s, any momentum which might have existed was lost to the highly successful and simpler process of drilling wells and producing them after hydraulic fracturing. Fast forward to today; there is plenty of oil to go after, product prices are respectable, processes are better understood, and technology has advanced. Is it time to re-visit potential projects?

My experience spans over three decades of engineering work with Marathon Oil Company, including re-development of waterfloods in the Illinois Basin. This presentation will include some history on Ohio secondary recovery, hurdles to overcome, ideas and recommendations on best places to look for potential projects, and best practices on how to implement a successful project.

The Utica/Point Pleasant play has clearly taken center stage in Ohio’s oil and gas business. However, certain old Berea and Clinton areas or fields, so important to the history of the industry in our state and an important benefactor to thousands of Ohio residents, are a pool of wealth just waiting to be exploited.


Mack Smith

Mack Smith

Mack Smith is Manager, Commercial Gas Services at Dominion Energy Ohio, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy and in the course of over 30 years has held various leadership positions in Engineering, Distribution Planning, Customer Service, Large Volume Sales and Business Development. In his current position, Mack leads a team responsible for industrial and large commercial customer growth, and for conventional production under the Master Heat Content Agreement. His business development activities include biogas and renewables, as well as projects in traditional market segments.

Duane Clark

Duane Clark

Duane, who chairs OOGA’s Producer Committee, is currently employed by Petrox, Inc., a privately held oil and gas company that owns and operates legacy wells in eastern Ohio. Prior to joining Petrox, he worked for and held various positions at Belden & Blake Corporation including Vice President of Gas Marketing/Legal Affairs and Manager of its retail gas marketing division. Duane started his career at Quaker State Corporation, where he also held various positions including Manager of its Belpre, OH Production Division, overseeing well drilling, producing, and administration functions in Ohio and West Virginia. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Presentation Synopsis

Dominion Energy Ohio/OOGA Producer Committee Activities

A review of the recent MOA metering agreement, plus a review of other issues addressed jointly by Dominion Energy Ohio and the OOGA Producer Committee