Offshore energy industry group expands team

Vorberger was previously director of government relations at NOIA, and before that was a top aide to former Rep. John Petersen (R-Pa.), who was a vocal advocate for expanded offshore natural-gas production.

“Jeff will lead NOIA’s outreach to state policy makers and stakeholders, facilitating communications with Congress and key agencies. Jeff will also be coordinating political areas including NOIA’s PAC and PAC Advisory Committee,” NOIA announced Monday.

NOIA represents various facets of the offshore energy industry, including oil-and-gas producers, marine transport, construction and design of offshore platforms, communications, companies involved in offshore renewable energy, and other sectors.

The group also announced the hiring of Faith Burns to be the executive assistant to NOIA President Randall Luthi, who headed the Interior Department’s since-reorganized Minerals Management Service under former President George W. Bush.

Burns’s earlier jobs include assistant vice president of Washington Federal Savings Bank, now M&T Bank, and more than 22 years as the administrative officer in the Department of Student Financial Services at Howard University.

In addition, NOIA announced that Robert Myers, who worked on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-Ga.) presidential run, will be its director of public affairs, and will focus on digital media.

NOIA noted that Myers is from Florida and hence “knows firsthand the political challenges facing offshore drilling.”

“Having worked in politics ranging from non-profit grassroots efforts with the Leadership Institute to his most recent venture with the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign, Robert will work on establishing a robust digital media presence for NOIA,” the group said.