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Tisha Schuller Stepping Down as COGA President and CEO

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tisha Schuller Stepping Down as COGA President and CEO
National Search Underway for Her Successor


Tisha Schuller Statement (Recording)

DENVER -- After more than five successful years at the helm of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Tisha Schuller has decided to step down as president and Chief Executive Officer of the largest industry trade association in the state.
Schuller will continue in her role as CEO until the end of May and will continue as the Chair of the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit Conference in late August. A national firm has been hired to search for her replacement.

“Tisha has not only ably served the interests of COGA’s board and its 300 association members, but she’s served all of Colorado by being a positive, pro-active voice for the oil and gas industry,” said Alan Harrison, chairman of the COGA board of directors. “Her energy, her insight and her vision will be missed.”

“It’s been a wild ride, and I’m honored to have represented Colorado’s oil and gas industry through times characterized by innovation and growth but also extreme controversy,” Schuller said. “I’m most proud of the national-precedent setting regulation that we supported, the community engagement program we built, and the programs developed to encourage industry employees to engage in civic dialogue.”

“As someone with roots in both the environmental and business communities, Tisha brought a unique perspective to her position,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “She really helped tone down some of the heated rhetoric on this issue by being calm, rational and reasonable -- whether she was addressing industry executives or industry detractors. Under Tisha's leadership, COGA also has been an important partner in developing Colorado's national, precedent-setting regulations.”

During her tenure, COGA expanded its mission from a focus on state regulations and the General Assembly to broad programmatic engagement that includes community and local government outreach and diverse education efforts. Other organizations in Colorado and across the United States have begun to use COGA’s model for outreach and education to build support for their organizations.

Schuller was instrumental in improving relationships between local communities and oil and gas operators during some fairly tumultuous political years when some local governments wanted to ban fracking and energy development. Schuller guided COGA as it re-tooled and enhanced its engagement efforts with communities across the state. The association helped local governments craft agreements with operators that gave cities and counties a greater voice in the oil and gas development process.

“We have spent months working in more than 30 Colorado communities getting to know stakeholders, working with local governments and creating original solutions to address the interests of each community,” Schuller said. “Each of those customized regulations and memorandums of understanding allowed operators to responsibly develop natural resources but also included stringent requirements that addressed the unique interests of each community. I’m proud of that outreach work and the way it has advanced the dialogue about oil and gas development.”

COGA also has continued to be a strong champion for the industry over the past five years. When three Colorado cities voted to ban oil and gas development in 2013, COGA filed lawsuits that eventually overturned each ban. Schuller also has led efforts to continue education and networking efforts with oil and gas companies, while increasing grassroots industry participation in political and regulatory developments.
Schuller also serves as an Executive Board Member of the American Red Cross in Denver.

“Tisha is a force to be reckoned with,” said Gino V. Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. “She saw the strong but unfulfilled bond between the extraordinary safety focus of the oil and gas industry and the leadership in preparedness and safety of the American Red Cross and brought those two together. The result has been a partnership unlike I've ever experienced.”

“For example, during the Colorado floods of 2013 when Tisha was stuck in Colorado Springs and her family and home were personally being affected, she embarked on a self-set challenge to raise $1 million from the oil and gas industry in support of the American Red Cross response. In about a week, she had generated support totaling nearly $2.2 million - she's that compelling.”

Before coming to COGA, Schuller served as a Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national consulting and engineering firm.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at COGA immensely,” Schuller said. “Any success that we’ve experienced here is due to the tremendous teamwork and talent of the amazing COGA staff. They really do work tirelessly to create meaningful interface between our industry and the communities, regulators, and stakeholders so important to our shared future.”

Schuller will remain at COGA full time through May and provide transition support during the summer.

Heidrick and Struggles has been retained for the search to find Schuller’s successor.

About COGA

Founded in 1984, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s (COGA) mission is to foster and promote the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. COGA has over 300 members representing the entire supply chain from exploration to refining and includes diverse support services from environment to water supply. COGA is a nationally recognized trade association that aggressively promotes the expansion of Rocky Mountain natural gas markets, supply, and trtransportation infrastructure through its growing and diverse membership.





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