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summers. My first full-time position was in the Regulatory Affairs
department of El Paso Natural Gas Company in El Paso, Texas. Upon
my return to Waterville I have been president of our company."
Waterville Gas already has a fifth generation of family leadership in the pipeline. Rob Black's son, Todd Black, who joined the
company in 2003, succeeded his uncle as secretary-treasurer.
Eventually, he hopes to succeed his father as president.
However, next-generation leadership is a hope, but not necessarily a given, at other family owned natural gas companies.
At Arlington, for example, the fifth generation of Pooles, the
children of Mike, Tim and Tom, all decided to "move on to other
things," after working summers with the company during their
school and college years, Mike Poole says.
There is hope that a sixth generation of Pooles will prove able,
and more importantly, willing, to carry on the family tradition.
Trent Poole, grandson of Tim Poole, now works with the company,
and, eventually, could step into a future leadership role. "But, you
can't guarantee anything like that," Mike Poole says.
Although company ownership is a longstanding family tradition,
"We're not obsessed with family ownership," Mike Poole says. "It
all depends on what people want to do, and if we have to go in a
different direction, that's what we will have to do."
"I am kind of in a similar situation to Arlington Gas," says Walden
of Sheldon Gas. He says his only child, daughter Lindsay, eventually will inherit ownership of the business, "but at this point,
we don't know yet if she is going to run it." She is just finishing

Arlington Gas Fourth Generation, Then and Now: Mike Poole, left, and his brother, Tim, stand in front of
their family company's office in 1951, left, and again in 2015. Photo courtesy of Arlington Gas.

her freshman year at Ohio Northern University, majoring in
business management.
"I told my daughter, that you can own the company, but you
don't have to work here" Walden adds. "For now, she seems pretty
interested in it. She has been involved in a few things, trying to
get her feet wet."
Just in case his daughter opts out of day-to-day management,
Sheldon Gas promoted Codee Morris, to operations manager
in 2013.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2016

President’s Corner
Executive Roundtable
Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
OGA Pipeline 2016 - cover1
OGA Pipeline 2016 - cover2
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 4
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 5
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 7
OGA Pipeline 2016 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 13
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Executive Roundtable
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 15
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 18
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 19
OGA Pipeline 2016 - OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 21
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 22
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 23
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 25
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 26
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 27
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 29
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 30
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 33
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 35
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 41
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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