GLENVILLE, W.Va. – The Glenville State College Alumni Association has presented the prestigious Alumnus of the Year Award to Rich Heffelfinger.
Heffelfinger was born in Troy, graduated from high school and then made West Virginia his home. He attended Glenville State College where he played football and graduated with honors in 1980 with a degree in education. He was introduced to the oil and gas industry during college in the form of summer employment, which then led to a lifetime career.
His first oil and gas job was with I.L. Morris Well Service in Glenville, W.Va., where he was introduced to people in the industry. The following summer he worked for Eastern American Energy, also in Glenville, which led to an almost 20-year career with the company. He held many titles during his time with Eastern American, finally serving as president in Charleston, W.Va. Heffelfinger left Eastern American Energy in 2000 to join Rubin Resources as an owner and executive vice president and is still there today.
Service to the industry and community has been an important part of his life. Heffelfinger has been elected and served four terms on the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia Board of Directors, twice serving as president. He was honored by IOGAWV in 2006 with the Gunslinger Award for his distinguished service to the association and industry. In 2013 he was named Oil and Gas Man of the Year by the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival.
Heffelfinger has also served on the board of directors for the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, Energize West Virginia, Capital State Bank, The Greater Kanawha Valley YMCA where he served two years as chairman, Glenville State College Foundation Board and Glenville State College Board of Governors where he is currently serving as chairman.
He and his wife Twila reside in Charleston, W.Va., and have three children, Heather, Brock and Blake, and one grandson, Casset Earl. Hefflefinger received his award at the college’s annual Alumni Day on April 27. During the awards banquet, eight other GSC alumni were also honored.