For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Kearns Returns to Staff of National Ocean Industries Association
Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association is pleased to welcome back Michael Kearns as Vice President for Government Relations. Prior to leaving last year, Michael had been a part of the NOIA family since 2004.
“Michael returns with a proven skill set and his experience with the U.N. Foundation will only add to NOIA’s ability to stress the importance of increased access to offshore energy resources to Members of Congress and the Administration, “said NOIA President Randall Luthi.
Michael will support the already-strong policy team at NOIA. Specifically, he will take the lead in outreach to Congressional Democrats and will seek to strengthen relationships between the offshore industry and the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Additionally, Michael is expected to help in outreach to prospective NOIA members and in developing state-level relationships.
“I am delighted to be back, working on behalf of the offshore energy industry,” said Michael.
Since leaving NOIA in August of 2011, Michael had been working as Strategic Communications Director for the United Nations Foundation Energy & Climate Program. In this role, Michael was responsible for coordinating the outreach and media work of 11 different energy-related programs ranging from improving commercial building efficiency to promoting global bioenergy production to increasing the deployment of renewable energy projects domestically. Michael’s principal area of focus at the United Nations Foundation, though, was in support of the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf. NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises more than 275 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.