Oil & Gas Producer Group Names New Executive Director

The Illinois Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) announced Jim Elder of Carmi, IL, as the new Executive Director.

Elder succeeds Robert Stewart, a long-time oil industry leader from Mt. Vernon. Elder believes the annual production from the Illinois Basin is very strategic to the U.S.

“I am looking forward to working with the IOGA team in making an impact at the state legislature and national association levels,” said Jim Elder.

Elder was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in earth sciences – geography/geology. After graduation, he joined the Reed Tool Company and spent his entire career in the oil and gas service industry, serving domestic U.S. and international Latin America. He continued his education at Southern Methodist University earning an executive M.B.A.

“Jim has great experience in the oil industry and will bring a calm, steady outlook to our organization,” said J. Nelson Wood, IOGA president.

Elder enjoys cooking outdoors, traveling, and is a certified Master Gardner. He especially enjoys entertaining family and friends. He is married to Kathy and is the father of two sons.