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 AGA Recognizes Awards of Merit Recipients   


Washington, DC — The American Gas Association (AGA) recently honored 59 member company recipients with the prestigious Awards of Merit. The Awards of Merit, based on a cumulative point system, are awarded to individuals for their active and continuous service to the AGA Operating Section through participation on technical committees, as well as participation in AGA events. 

“We are honored to recognize these individuals for the significant contributions they have made to the natural gas industry,” said David Parker, AGA president and CEO. “These folks are leaders in the industry and we congratulate and thank all of them for their hard work and dedication.”

Awards of Merit recipients include:

Gold Award of Merit
(at least 75 points)
Richard Lonn, AGL Resources Inc.
Jerry Paul Smith, JPS Measurement Consultants, Inc.

Silver Award of Merit
(at least 50 points)
Frank Ciminiello, Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc.
Richard Conley, PE, Kerotest Manufacturing Corp.
Janet Fox, Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc.
James Goodchild, Xcel Energy Inc.
Craig Hoeferlin, Laclede Gas Company
Bradley Massey, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.
Susan McLain, Puget Sound Energy
Brian Moidel, Dominion East Ohio
Kevin Ritz, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
Stuart Schulz, Atmos Energy Corporation
Tushar Shah, Eagle Research Corporation
Daniel Smith, III, Alagasco
Paul Wehnert, Heath Consultants Incorporated
James Witte, El Paso Corporation Pipeline Group

Bronze Award of Merit
(at least 25 points)
Joaquin Affonso, Consumers Energy (retired)
Lance Andrews, Atmos Energy Corporation
Brett Beaver, GL Noble Denton
Rob Bennett, Atmos Energy Corporation
Joseph Chan, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Mark Chepke, NiSource Inc.
Craig Chester, Williams Gas Pipeline
Gary Chrisco, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (retired)
James Crowley, Easton Utilities
Thomas Davies, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.
Edward Doerk, Peoples Gas
Sidney Dufrene, Koch Industries, Inc.
Jeffrey Figiel, DTE Energy - MichCon
Eric Frey, CB&I
Michael Hayward, NW Natural
Alan Hobbs, Mobile Gas Service Corp., a Sempra company
James Kane, Southwest Gas Corporation
Allen Knack, Consumers Energy
Chuck Lang, GE Energy
Eric Lemmon, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Karen Lively, Performance Pipe
George Mattingly, GEM & Associates
Lisa Moerner, Dominion Resources, Inc.
William Morrow, Telvent
Daniel Norden, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
Timothy Owen, Atmos Energy Corporation
Kevin Powers, Public Service Electric & Gas Company
George Prociw, Union Gas Limited
Thomas Puracchio, Integrys Energy Group
John Raspa, New Jersey Natural Gas
James Reinmann, PE, Dominion Resources, Inc.
Joseph Ryan, E.ON U.S.
Jerome Schmitz, Southwest Gas Corporation
Angela Serrano de Rivera, New Mexico Gas Company
Steven Soerries, ONEOK Partners, L.P.
Michael Swinson, Alagasco
Robin Thompson, Yankee Gas
Gary Van Ochten, Consumers Energy
Carol Wallace, Puget Sound Energy
Jason Weekley, Mobile Gas Service Corp., a Sempra company
Richard Williamson, T.D. Williamson, Inc.
John Woodyard, PE, Weston Solutions, Inc.
Chris Wykle, Itron, Inc.

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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