Today U. S. Steel Tubular Products announced that Range’s President and CEO Jeff Ventura is the recipient of the Chief Roughneck Award for 2014.The announcement was made today at the 85th annual meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

The prestigious Chief Roughneck Award was created in 1955 to honor the lifetime achievements of petroleum industry leaders.  Today, U. S. Steel Tubular Products proudly continues to present this important award, which is widely recognized as one of the industry’s highest honors. 

According to the Chief Roughneck Hall of Fame the recognition is: 

“Presented every year at IPAA’s Annual Meeting since 1955, the Chief Roughneck award is a lifetime achievement recognition—an honor one receives from industry peers. Members of the Chief Roughneck Hall of Fame and other industry leaders nominate individuals based on lifetime contributions to the oil and gas industry, leadership, integrity, individual character, and perseverance.” 

During the ceremony Ventura who was joined by his wife said:

“So much has changed since I joined Range in 2003, but one thing has remained the same is the importance of the team-first approach that we all share. It’s not about individuals at Range. It’s about our people and the culture that we have collectively fostered. I am very proud of the fact that since discovering the Marcellus in 2004, our accomplishments have reshaped the domestic gas industry.

I grew up in Pittsburgh and a lot of my family is still there. In fact, our regional headquarters in Southpointe and the discovery Marcellus well, the Renz #1, is not far from the house I grew up in.  

To see this happening in my hometown and knowing that Range’s discovery unlocked an industry that now supports more than 240,000 good-paying jobs in Pennsylvania and has generated billions of dollars in state and local taxes and royalties for landowners is very special.”