About Us


Who We Are


Our mission is to increase the worth of the stakeholders of the corporation through the efficient, ethical, and profitable discovery, development, production, transportation, and marketing of natural gas and oil. We own and operate approximately 4,400 wells, 5,000 miles of pipeline, and a million acres in North America alone. We are also deeply committed to our employees and their families, with benefits at ECA including profit sharing, a stock ownership program, funding for continued education, and an award-winning wellness program.

ECA’s stakeholders are: our employees, shareholders, customers, vendors, and our communities and environment.


Board of Directors


Thomas R. Goodwin, Chairman

Thomas R. Goodwin has been a Director of the Company since 2005 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2007. Mr. Goodwin is Managing Partner of the law firm of Goodwin and Goodwin, LLP. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and has appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is listed in the Best Lawyers of America and is counselor to corporations and boards of directors. He formerly served as the West Virginia State Tax Commissioner and Executive Assistant to the Governor of West Virginia; Chairman of West Virginia Economic Development Authority; Chairman of the West Virginia Municipal Board Committee; and past member of Board of Advisors of West Virginia University. Mr. Goodwin’s legal expertise is focused on corporate purchases, corporate sales and financing, and complex litigation. He received his law degree from West Virginia University and his masters degree in law from Harvard Law School.

John Mork, Founder and Director

John and Julie Mork founded Energy Corporation of America (ECA).  He served in various capacities as an engineer at Union Oil Company after graduating from USC.  He is a member of the Chief Executives Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors and the CU Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute External Advisory Group. 

Mr. Mork serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University of Southern California.  He holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in petroleum engineering from USC and received a Doctorate in Humane Letters from USC.  He is married to Julie McAndrews Mork, and they have two adult children, Kyle and Alison. 

W. Gaston Caperton, III, Director

Gaston Caperton has been a successful leader in three diverse fields:  business, government, and education.  He was the principal owner of a large insurance brokerage firm, is a former two-term Governor of West Virginia, and recently retired as President and CEO of the College Board.  Gov. Caperton has received the Zenith Data Systems Information Technology Leadership Award for Education from the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program.  Information about Gov. Caperton and his work is included in the Smithsonian’s Permanent Research Collection.  He has also taught at Harvard University as a fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics.  He headed up a new institute, The Institute on Education and Government, at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Gov. Caperton has received numerous state and national awards and special recognition, including six honorary doctoral degrees.

Peter H. Coors, Director

Peter H. Coors is Chairman, Molson Coors Brewing Company, and Chairman, MillerCoors. He is a graduate of Cornell University (engineering) and Denver University (business). Mr. Coors  has spent his entire career in the beer business. He serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Corporation of America and American Enterprise Institute. He is president of the Adolph Coors Foundation. He also serves on the Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and the Board of Directors of the National Western Stock Show. He is the son of Joseph and Holly Coors, and is a great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Golden brewery in 1873. He and his wife, Marilyn, have six children and eleven grandchildren.

John S. Fischer, Director

John Fischer has been married to Faye Fischer for 40 years and they have two children.

He founded Solid Systems Engineering Co. in 1979 to provide and service processing systems in the mining, power and primary metals industries. In October of 2008 the company consisted of five divisions to service surface mines and was acquired by Fenner Dunlop International a FTSE 250 Company on the London Stock Exchange.

In 1994 John Fischer started Air Control Science Inc. to focus exclusively on effective design and construction of pollution control systems for the coal-fired power, coal mining and primary metals industries worldwide. In 2007 ACS was acquired by CCC Group, Inc., a major international constructor ranked in the largest of Industrial Constructors by Engineering News Record.

He has authored and co-authored numerous patents related to leading technology in coal-fired power and primary metals pollution control.

Currently he is involved in energy, farming, restaurants and commercial food manufacturing.

John Fischer graduated from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with an MBA, served on its board, and received the Kellogg School Schaffner Award for distinguished alumni. Fischer serves the Secretary of Energy on the National Coal Council. Also he is on the board of Energy Corporation of America, international oil and gas producer, advisory board of Lien Companies, mining and concrete products, the board of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business as Chairman Emeritus. Also he is a past member of the International Board of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He was inducted in the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

J. Michael Forbes, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Michael Forbes is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Energy Corporation of America. He joined the Company in 1982 and has been an officer since 1990. Mr. Forbes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics from Glenville State College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Marshall University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s program for Chief Financial Officers. Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of numerous community organizations, including the Board of Governors for Glenville State College. He also serves on the ECA Foundation. He is a past Chairman of the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley and former member of the board of Thomas Health Systems.

W. Grant Gregory, Director

Grant Gregory is Chairman of Gregory & Hoenemeyer, Inc., a prestigious advisory and private equity firm currently providing strategic services to the Chinese, U.S. and European Firms and HNW individuals. Mr. Gregory’s professional expertise includes Corporate Governance and Ethical Business Practices, mergers and acquisitions, and tax policy. He has served successfully in numerous leadership roles as chairman of the board, CEO, investment banker, merchant banker and director of public, private and non-profit corporations. He has served as the chairman of audit, governance, and compensation committees for a number of New York Stock Exchange member companies (Chrysler, MCI, Renaissance Hotels Inc.). As an advisor to clients, he has coordinated multiple law firms in complex securities and tax litigation matters; has supervised special fraud and securities investigations; and advised on risk management and director & officer liability issues. He is a Founder of DoubleClick, Inc.  After completing 24 years with Touche Ross & Co. (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu) Mr. Gregory retired as Chairman of the Board. He led global teams in a wide range of industries and countries while servicing the firm’s 100 largest clients with responsibility for the Washington D.C. Service Center, the Financial Service Center and opening the firm’s first office in the People’s Republic of China.  His public service roles included governmental appointments as Executive Co-Chairman of the United States Privatization Council, and U.S. Trade Representative's Advisory Committee on International Trade in Services. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the National Forest Foundation in Washington, D.C., Director Emeritus of The National Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, Director Emeritus of Wyoming Wildlife Foundation, and was Director of the LPGA. He was named "Businessman of the Year" by the Big Brothers of America, is an active member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Advisory Board, serves as a Strategic Advisor to Home Instead, Inc. and is a Director of the Greenwich Leadership Forum.  Mr. Gregory graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska in 1964, where he was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, as well as The Builder Award, the University's highest non-academic recognition. He has completed advanced management courses at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business, at New York University, and attended the Air Force War College.

F. H. McCullough, III, Director

F. H. McCullough, III joined ECA’s predecessor company, Eastern American Energy Corporation, in 1977: and has served as a Director of the Corporation since 1978 and served in various capacities as an employee until 1999. Mr. McCullough is currently a developer of metallurgical coal reserves in West Virginia; and an officer of Cremer Technical Services, Inc., a German based investment company.

He has served as a Director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia; and is a Co-Founder, past President and current Director of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc., a non-profit support organization for those individuals diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome. Mr. McCullough is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and two masters degrees in Business Administration and Financial Systems Management. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management Executive Marketing Program.

James J. Markowsky, Director

James J. Markowsky is currently a consultant in the energy and electric power generation area. Dr. Markowsky was the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) from August 2009 to November 2010. Previously, Dr. Markowsky was the President of Research and Development Solution, LLC, from 2004-2005, and before that he was Executive Vice President of power generation, at American Electric Power Service Corporation (AEP), where he served in various capacities from 1971-2000. Dr. Markowsky has received several awards during his career including the Washington Coal Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He has 26 publications in the area of power generation and fossil energy and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1999. He has earned degrees from: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MS in Management in 1981; Cornell University – Ph D. in 1971 and MS in 1970, both in Mechanical Engineering; and Pratt Institute – Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1967.

Julie Mork, Director

Julie Mork is Managing Director of the ECA Foundation, a private corporate foundation with a focus on youth and education based in Denver, Colorado. She has been a Director of Energy Corporation of America since 1993. Mrs. Mork served as a founder and Secretary/Treasurer of Pacific States Gas & Oil, Inc., and Eastern American Energy Corporation (EAEC). From 1989 to 1991, she was EAEC’s Community Relations and Human Resources Director.

Mrs. Mork received a B. A. in History from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1972. She also holds a Certificate in Real Estate Paralegal Training. Mrs. Mork has volunteered her time to several organizations including the Anchor Center for Blind Children where she currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board and is a past President of the Board of Directors. She also served as a member of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation for six years. In October 2004, Mrs. Mork was elected to the National Board of College Summit, an organization dedicated to increasing the college enrollment rate of low-income students in America. Additionally, Mrs. Mork serves on the boards of ACE Scholarships in Denver and The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California. 

Mrs. Mork is married to John Mork, CEO of Energy Corporation of America and has two grown children, Kyle, the Chief Operating Officer at ECA and Alison Hansen.

Kyle M. Mork, Chief Executive Officer

Kyle MorkKyle Mork is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Corporation of America and a Director of the company.  He began his career with Halliburton Energy Services as a completions engineer before moving to ECA as a drilling engineer in the Houston, Texas office.  Since that time he has held various positions throughout the organization focused on operations and management.  He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and has taken masters courses at the University of Southern California in Petroleum Engineering.  Mr. Mork is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and also serves on the non-profit ECA Foundation Board of Directors, the USC Mork Family Department Advisory Board, the Cornell Engineering College Council, and the Cornell Football Association Board. Mr. Mork is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization.  He and his wife Kirsten live in Charleston, West Virginia with their three children. 

Jay S. Pifer, Director

Jay S. Pifer graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Clarion State University and from the University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Program. He also completed the Ministerial Course of Study at Wesley Seminary.

Before retiring he worked for Allegheny Energy for 43 years and served as President, Allegheny Power and CEO of Allegheny Energy, an electric and gas company, headquartered in Pennsylvania, which served two million customers in parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio. The company had 10,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and was ranked second in customer service among the top 30 utility companies by J. D. Power.

Mr. Pifer was active in business and community organizations serving as Trustee, Waynesburg University and Director, University of Pittsburgh Greensburg and Director, University of South Carolina Aiken. He was Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania Energy Association, President, Westmoreland/Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Director of numerous organizations such as: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Business Roundtable, Pennsylvania Economy League, West Virginia Education Alliance, Greater Pittsburgh Development Corporation, and the United Way.

Mr. Pifer received the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, Penn State’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, and Penn State’s Alumni Fellow Award, Penn State’s highest alumni award. He also received a special award and flag presented by the U. S House of Representatives for Corporate Leadership and Community Service.

He and his wife Betty have three children and five grandchildren.

Donald C. Supcoe, Director

Donald C. SupcoeDonald C. Supcoe has been a Director of Energy Corporation of America since 2005. He worked for the Company in various capacities from 1981 through 2016 and previously served as the Senior Vice President of Mountaineer Gas Company from 1998 until its sale by the Company in August of 2000. 

Mr. Supcoe is active in the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and has served as President of that organization. He is also a past Vice President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mid-Atlantic Holdings, Inc., and is a Trustee at Large of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. Mr. Supcoe graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from West Virginia University College of Law.

 


Officers


Kyle M. Mork, Chief Executive Officer

Donald C. SupcoeKyle Mork is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Corporation of America and a Director of the company.  He began his career with Halliburton Energy Services as a completions engineer before moving to ECA as a drilling engineer in the Houston, Texas office.  Since that time he has held various positions throughout the organization focused on operations and management.  He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and has taken masters courses at the University of Southern California in Petroleum Engineering.  Mr. Mork is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and also serves on the non-profit ECA Foundation Board of Directors, the USC Mork Family Department Advisory Board, the Cornell Engineering College Council, and the Cornell Football Association Board. Mr. Mork is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization.  He and his wife Kirsten live in Charleston, West Virginia with their three children. 

J. Michael Forbes, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Michael Forbes is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Energy Corporation of America. He joined the Company in 1982 and has been an officer since 1990. Mr. Forbes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics from Glenville State College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Marshall University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s program for Chief Financial Officers. Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of numerous community organizations, including the Board of Governors for Glenville State College. He also serves on the ECA Foundation. He is a past Chairman of the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley and former member of the board of Thomas Health Systems.

Peter A. Sullivan, Vice President of Exploration

Peter Sullivan is Vice President of Exploration for Energy Corporation of America. Mr. Sullivan’s previous industry experience includes working for the Atlantic Richfield Company, Bargo Energy Company, and as an independent geologist. His experiences in exploration and development have involved every major producing basin or area within the continental United States and select projects internationally. Mr. Sullivan is a Certified Petroleum Geologist with AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs and is the President of the Appalachian Geological Society. He also serves as an adjunct professor of geology at West Virginia University. Mr. Sullivan received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in geology from West Virginia University.

Rodney A. Winters, Vice President of Business Development

George O'MalleyRod Winters has been with the Company for more than 23 years and has served as Land Manger, Director of Land and Vice President of Land. Prior to ECA, Mr. Winters was an independent landman for ten years and worked primarily in the Appalachian Basin for several major companies. He attended Marshall University and is Past President of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Member of Appalachian Association of Professional Landmen and the National Association of Professional Landmen.

Randall Farkosh, Vice President of Marketing

Peter SullivanRandy Farkosh is Vice President of Marketing for Energy Corporation of America. His previous experience includes working in engineering for Pacific Enterprises (formerly Terra Resources) in the Rocky Mountain region and Cabot Oil & Gas in gas control and reservoir engineering in Appalachia. He joined ECA in January 1993.

Mr. Farkosh served on the board of directors for the Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia and served as chairman of the group’s commerce committee from August 2011 to July 2014. Mr. Farkosh graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering and from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Chad Perkins, Vice President of Operations

Chad Perkins is Energy Corporation of America’s Vice President of Operations. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all field operations, construction, asset development, reservoir engineering, drilling, and completions for the exploration and production company. Mr. Perkins began his career with BJ Services (now Baker Hughes) in 2006 as a Field Engineer and in less than five years, he ascended to the post of Northeast Region Engineer. He joined ECA in 2010 as a Senior Completions Engineer and was subsequently promoted to Drilling and Completions Manager. Mr. Perkins is a member of the Roane County Board of Education. He has served as program chair for the Northern West Virginia chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Drilling Engineers. He is involved with the Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia and is a published author who presented work at a conference of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Perkins was also tapped by the Ohio State University to serve on its committee to help develop curriculum for the university’s new energy concentration for its executive masters of business administration program and has served as a guest lecturer for the program. Mr. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University and earned his Executive Master of Business Administration from the Ohio State University.

Ryan Deaderick, Vice President of Production

Ryan Deaderick is Energy Corporation of America’s Vice President of Production. In this role, he leads the company’s Production Districts toward maximizing production and oversees the Facilities and Production Engineering groups. He also manages First ECA Midstream, a joint venture formed by ECA and First Reserve to operate natural gas gathering and processing systems serving the Appalachian region.

Mr. Deaderick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He began his career as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader with the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and later joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Huntington District following his return to the United States. He joined ECA in 2007 as an engineer, was soon promoted to New Well Manager and then to Production Engineer Manager. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Deaderick is a board member for the Coalition for Christian Outreach and a member of the group’s development committee. He also serves as a small group leader for his local church. He and his wife, Barbara, live outside of Charleston, West Virginia with their son and daughter.

Niki Randolph, Vice President of Accounting 

Niki Randolph is Energy Corporation of America’s Vice President of Accounting. She joined ECA in 1989 as a Revenue Accountant and quickly advanced to Distribution Manager. Prior to being named Vice President of Accounting, she served as the Company’s Controller for nearly 15 years.

Ms. Randolph graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Glenville State College and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies.

Ms. Randolph loves animals and is active in several pet charities throughout the Kanawha Valley.

Ben Sullivan, General Counsel & Vice President of Land

Ben Sullivan is General Counsel & Vice President of Land for Energy Corporation of America. Before joining ECA in 2012, Mr. Sullivan served as Counsel with EQT Corporation and prior to that practiced law with Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins LLP. He is licensed to practice law in several states and manages legal, land, and government affairs issues related to all aspects of oil and gas production and transportation. Mr. Sullivan has significant experience with respect to acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, other complex transactions, negotiations, commercial litigation, and financing, as well as permitting, regulatory, governmental reviews, and environmental matters. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreational Authority. He is a current Trustee and former Executive Committee member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and previously served as Legal Committee chairman for the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. Mr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Kentucky and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He and his wife Stephanie live in Charleston, West Virginia with their two children. 
Julie Ann Kitano, Secretary

 Julie Ann-Kitano

Julie Ann Kitano has served as Energy Corporation of America’s Secretary since 2011 having served as Assistant Secretary for the previous ten years.

She joined the Company in 1998 as a Legal Assistant with over twenty years experience in land, title, human resources, insurance, and contracts at privately held corporations, including major independent oil and gas companies operating in the Rocky Mountain and Gulf Coast regions. She is a graduate of Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.