National Ocean Industries Association Announces Reorganization and New Staff

For Immediate Release:  Monday, July 9, 2012

Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900,


National Ocean Industries Association Announces Reorganization and New Staff


Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has expanded and reorganized its staff to better serve its members. Under the leadership of NOIA President Randall Luthi, NOIA’s staff directors are now  vice-presidents and department heads. NOIA has also brought on three new hires.  The reorganized NOIA staff is as follows:

President - Randall Luthi  

Executive Assistant to the President - Faith Burns (new hire)          

Senior Vice President for Administration & Membership - Franki Stuntz

Vice President for Conferences & Special Events - Ann Chapman

Vice President for Policy & Government Affairs - Luke Johnson

Vice President for Intergovernmental & Political Affairs - Jeff Vorberger (new hire)

Vice President for Communications & External Relations - Nicolette Nye

Director of Public Affairs – Robert Myers (new hire)

Summer Intern – John Mehr


Jeff Vorberger comes to NOIA as the VP for Intergovernmental and Political Affairs after working in the private sector, most recently as Executive VP at Keystone Public Affairs for both onshore and offshore energy industries, and prior to that as a Senior VP at FTI Consulting. Jeff also previously served as Director of Government Relations at NOIA.  He brings with him an additional 10 years of Capitol Hill experience as the Legislative Director handling offshore and interior budget issues for Congressman John E. Peterson (PA-05). 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’s new Executive Assistant to the President, Faith Burns, brings with her a wealth of private and non-profit sector knowledge. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Faith quickly gravitated toward the District after graduating from Howard University, working her way from teller to Assistant Vice President of Washington Federal Savings Bank, now M&T Bank. Giving back became a mantra for Ms. Burns who faithfully served the Washington Community for over 22 years as the Administrative Officer in the Department of Student Financial Services at Howard University.


NOIA is pleased to bring on Robert V. Myers as Director of Public Affairs. Robert brings to NOIA a breadth of experience in the ever changing realm of New Media. Hailing from Florida, Robert 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.


Finally, John Mehr, who is entering his senior year as a Political Science Major at Loyola University in New Orleans, is NOIA’s 2012 Summer Intern. 


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.

National Ocean Industries Association
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Washington, DC 20005

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