Shale Crescent USA names Nathan Lord president

Nathan Lord

MARIETTA — Nathan Lord, a native of Marietta, has been named president of Shale Crescent USA.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of Shale Crescent USA,” Lord said.

Shale Crescent USA is an economic development organization serving Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to encourage business growth in the Ohio River Valley. The announcement was made by Mark Schwendeman, chairman of the non-profit organization.

“The organization is poised to take advantage of our global business advantages that are creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to attract new industry and good paying jobs to the region,” Lord said. “I am particularly grateful and appreciative to have the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of two knowledgeable, highly respected and innovative business leaders in Shale Crescent USA co-founders Jerry James, president of Artex Oil, and Wally Kandel, senior vice president, Marietta site manager, Solvay Specialty Chemicals USA.”

Lord has been with the organization for the past four years, providing leadership in building strategic partnerships, promoting the region’s economic advantages, outreach marketing and supporting the executive committee on important initiatives, Schwendeman said.

He will oversee the operations of Shale Crescent USA and will continue to encourage business development with the goal to strengthen local communities by attracting new investments that result in good-paying jobs, enhanced infrastructures and improved quality-of-life for residents, Schwendeman said.

“Nathan joined Shale Crescent USA very early on and worked as the business manager performing everything from office organizer to conference presenter. He has learned a great deal and has earned a very high level of credibility with all those we work with,” Kandel said. “I am quite confident he will do an excellent job leading the organization.”

James said Lord is well respected as a leader among those organizations working to bring jobs and prosperity to the Shale Crescent USA region.

“This is a well-deserved promotion, and we look forward to his continued leadership,” James said.

Shale Crescent USA is dedicated to marketing the region based upon the abundance of low-cost natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shales plays.


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