West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association is sad to announce the sudden death of Executive Director, Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco
- July 08, 2016
Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco, Executive Director of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), sadly passed away at home July 8th from an apparent heart attack.
DeMarco, a life-long West Virginia resident, did not spend the early part of his career in the oil and gas industry, but often said he accepted the responsibility of leading WVONGA in November 2002 because of the industry’s potential for the state that he loved. During his tenure as Executive Director, DeMarco made significant contributions to the oil and gas industry, beginning with helping producers commit to working together to address their common challenges, as well as the concerns of their stakeholders throughout the state. This commitment helped DeMarco grow the organization from 39 active members in 2002, to more than 225 members at the time of his death.
DeMarco had a tremendous work ethic that greatly contributed to his success as the leader of WVONGA. His two rules for succeeding in his line of work were building relationships, and assembling information that can be crucial to statewide policymaking. "First, you've got to be truthful whenever you're giving testimony or talking to people," he once said. "Second, if you are going to be a leader, you have to understand and be able to work with other people" Known as the “Happy Warrior” by his friends and colleagues, DeMarco was a passionate advocate for the oil and gas industry, yet was able to quickly diffuse tense situations with an easy laugh.