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state and those investments don't pan
out that year, we want to make sure they
can carry those losses forward," Bruno
emphasizes. "We weren't the only industry
working on that, but we got it included."

Educating Lawmakers
A key to EKOGA's success, Bruno
allows, was educating a significant number of new legislators. "A lot of the
focus from EKOGA's standpoint this
past session was fundamental education
about the industry and its issues," he
says. "A lot of it is a willingness to be
there and talk with them on a day-to-day
basis. Then, hopefully, we can build on

that base of knowledge as specific bills
and issues arise."
Bruno points to Johnson County, Ks.,
as an example. "There are a lot more
moderates from there now than two years
ago, and another Democrat or two," he
observes. "That is one of the biggest
voting blocks in the legislature."
It is a group of lawmakers who don't
come into contact regularly with oil and
gas, or view it as a key part of their local
economy, he adds.
But the good thing, Bruno says, "These
new members really want to learn. They
want to know about the issues. They
have open minds and they think about

things before they react.
"We worked a lot with these folks
and will continue to work with them," he
promises. "We explain how (independents)
differ from the majors, and how eastern
Kansas issues are different from western
Kansas issues in a number of cases.
"But again, they listen, they want to
be helpful, and they are smart legislators,"
Bruno reiterates. "It is my sense as a lobbyist that they want to be business friendly,
although that is not to say there may not
be a time when they don't support something we support, just because of where
they are from."
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Association Transitions To A New Era
LOUISBURG, KS.-When Rob Eberhart graduated high school in the late
1980s, the oil industry was in the midst
of an historic downturn and he says his
father recommended he not join the family's oil field service business.
So instead, Eberhart says, he went into
sales and marketing, spending 20-plus
years in the automotive aftermarket, selling

performance parts and truck accessories.
But times change. The oil business rebounded, and in 2013, Eberhart says, he
joined Bobcat Oilfield Service Inc. in Louisburg as treasurer. Ironically, as Eberhart
and his step-brother, Clint Bullock, prepare
to continue the company as their father,
Bob Eberhart, transitions into retirement,
the industry once again is attempting to re-

EKOGA Annual Meeting - Mayetta, Ks.
Tuesday, Sept. 12

8:30 a.m. PTTC Workshop Check-In, Prairie
Band Casino Convention Center
8:50 a.m. Morning Session
Opening Remarks
Getting the Most from Your Service Company
Logging Essentials (How it Works, Old
Logs, Interpretation 101)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Morning Session Continued
Drilling and Drilling Fluids, Chris McGown, McGown Drilling Inc.
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Afternoon Session
Cement Essentials, Jake Heard, Hurricane
Services Inc.
Fracture Case Studies from Eastern Kansas
(Squirrel and Bartlesville), Ron Calaway,
QES Pressure Pumping LLC
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Session Continued
Pumping Innovations and Essentials, Mark
Burris, Precision International
Panel Discussion on Digital Oil Field
Tools with Chris McGown, Wesley
Ketchan and Jeff Dale
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, Sept. 13

8 a.m. EKOGA Registration Opens, Prairie

Band Casino Convention Center
8 a.m. Trade Show Opens
10:30 a.m. 60th Annual Membership Meeting
Jim Cornish, President EKOGA
David Bleakley, EKOGA Regulatory Chairman
Tom Bruno, EKOGA Lobbyist
Warren Martin, Kansas Strong
Ryan Hoffman and Troy Russell, Kansas
Corporation Commission
Lynn Kent, Kansas Property Valuation
Division
11:45 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
Noon Lunch
3 p.m. Trade Show Closes
6 p.m. President's Reception & Social
7 p.m. EKOGA Banquet
22nd Annual Anything Goes Auction
8:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West,
author of Guardian of the Republic

Thursday, Sept. 14

8 a.m. Golf Check-In, Firekeeper Golf
Course
9 a.m. EKOGA Annual Golf Tournament
Shotgun Tee Off
18-Hole, Men's and Women's Mixed FourPerson Scramble
Awards Immediately Following

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cover from an historic recession.
"I don't think it is as bad today as it
was (in the 1980s), but it isn't any fun,"
muses Eberhart, who will become president of the Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas
Association at its 60th annual meeting,
Sept. 12-14 at the Prairie Band Casino
Convention Center in Mayetta, Ks. And
that transition also is historic in that Eberhart will be the first EKOGA president
to assume office after having first served
a year as president-elect.
It is a change Eberhart both benefited
from and pushed for.

Reorganization Effort
Eberhart is succeeding Jim Cornish,
president of Cornish Wireline Services
Inc. in Chanute, Ks. Four years ago, he
relates, EKOGA undertook a reorganization of its leadership structure that included naming its first president-elect in
2016. The intent, he says, is to enhance
continuity in the office by ensuring that
when a new president takes office, "he
has an operating knowledge of the problems and things that can come up."
"It really has made the organization
considerably stronger," Cornish surmises.
Other parts of that reorganization,
Cornish adds, were creating a formal
committee structure within EKOGA, and
a conscious effort to attract and involve
younger members.
"Nothing against gray hair, but there
is a lot of it around EKOGA," quips
Eberhart. "Eventually, if we don't get
some younger guys, we are going to die."
Eberhart helped direct that youth movement by joining the EKOGA Board of
Directors in 2013 and leading an overhaul



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