CONSOL executive will address Barbour Chamber

Larry Cavallo, vice president for Exploration and Development with CONSOL Energy, will address the annual banquet meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce on, “West Virginia’s Energy Future.”

Barbour’s annual banquet begins with a punchbowl reception for Cavallo at 6 p.m. March 7 in the main dining rooms of Alderson Broaddus University. An extensive buffet will be served at 6:30 p.m. when university President Dr. Richard Creehan will welcome the assembly.

Dinner music for the evening will be provided by Barbour County musician Rick Kennedy. Musical entertainment will be performed by Belington Elementary School teacher Jana Ruf, a former member of the university’s “West Virginians.”

Special guests include the Rev. Tim Bleigh, pastor of the Trinity Charge, United Methodist Church, and Fr. Jim O’Connor of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Korean War veteran Okey Gallien of Gallien’s Auction Service. The election of new officers will be conducted by Mike Cvechko of Cvechko Insurance Services.

Student volunteers who are members of the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Philip Barbour High School, will deliver a generous assortment of door prizes contributed by chamber members. Hosting the evening program and handling introductions will be Chamber President Brenda Hunt, director of Heart & Hand Ministries. Hunt will present awards to the Corporate Citizen of the Year and to the winners of the Community Service Award, the President’s Award and the Directors Special Award.

The public is invited. Prepaid reservations may be made by writing to the Chamber Office, 101 College Hill Drive, Box 2124, Philippi, West Virginia 26414, with checks in the amount of $25 per plate. Reserved tables for parties of six or eight are available. Reservations require full payment and the names of attendees for the preparation of name tags, and must be received by Feb. 28.

Cavallo graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in geology, Master of Science in geology and an Master of Business Administration in business administration. He began his career as a geologist with the Stonewall Gas Co., moved to Dominion Appalachian Development, then Dominion Exploration and Production. He became vice president for engineering with CONSOL Gas in 2010, vice president for engineering for CNX Gas eight months later, and vice president for exploration and development with CONSOL in November of 2012.

He is past president of the Appalachian Geological Society, past secretary of the Association of Petroleum Geologists, where he received the Distinguished Service Award, and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Independent Petroleum Association of American. He was awarded the Dominion Exploration and Production’s first Six Sigma Black Belt in 2001. He is currently on the board of directors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia.