Kyle Mork, 36
CEO, Energy Corporation of America, Charleston, W. Va.
Launched horizontal drilling at Energy Corporation of America, transitioning the company from a shallow well conventional operator to an unconventional developer. Spearheaded engineering efforts for company’s Wilcox exploration in Texas and Trenton Black River exploration in West Virginia.
Career path: Has worked at ECA in a variety of roles for over 10 years, starting as drilling engineer; reorganized the company structure to better navigate operating in the Marcellus and Utica. Brought multi-variate regression analysis to the company. Began career as an associate technical professional at Halliburton.
Let’s get together: Single-handedly envisioned, planned and executed his “pet project” from start to finish—the Appalachian Shale Summit. Invitation-only forum fosters Appalachian Shale developers’ collaboration and communication of best practices.
On leadership: “When I was fairly new to management, I became so focused on operational success that I completely lost sight of the most powerful tool in any organization, and certainly the key to our past and future success: the team.” Introduced a leadership development program to “prepare and empower ECA’s leaders and managers.”
Getting there: Entered college open-minded as to major; selected chemical engineering “not because I knew what I wanted to do with my life, but because it was the most difficult and versatile program available.” Working summers during college, “fell in love with the industry and became convinced that I want to spend my career in oil and gas.”
Testing, testing: At ECA, charged with fixing a leak in a small water line running to a Texas drilling location, his first “real world test to fix an engineering problem. This single experience was deeply profound because it taught me how to lead a team, identify a problem, devise a solution, execute the solution and ultimately share the success with my team.”