The Surge Profiles NOIA President Randall Luthi

the surgeThe Surge | May 11, 2016 | Jesus Jimenez

Have you ever wondered how energy from the bottom of the ocean floor gets to your gas station? Probably not, since you don’t have to. But Randall Luthi makes everything offshore his business– as president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).

“What we’re trying to do is make sure people understand the process,” Luthi says. “For most Americans, their only contact with the oil and natural gas industry is when they go into the service station to fill up their vehicle with gas. They have no idea how sophisticated, how scientific, and how techy this industry really is. Particularly when you start talking about offshore exploration — it’s almost sexy-scientific. It’s that advanced. It’s almost like dealing with space-age technology when you get out there.

So how did a Wyoming native land in this high tech energy world? Through a vast career with many impressive highlights: he served in the Wyoming House of Representatives and worked for the Department of Interior in two administrations. Luthi also was Senior Counselor of Environmental Regulations in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Deputy Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He was also head of the Minerals Management Service in President George W. Bush’s administration too.

“You get the opportunity to meet with people that may or may not agree with you,” Luthi says about his time as a state representative. “That’s certainly the kind of business I’m in each and every single day here in Washington. Wyoming is also an energy state so it gave me a great understanding of how important energy is to the American consumer. I got a taste of how we need all forms of energy. As we continue to grow, as the world continues to grow, as economies continue to develop, we’re going to need all forms of energy.”

Read the full profile on Randall Luthi by The Surge here.