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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Daniel J. Weaver

President and Executive Director

PIOGA (Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association)

Before taking on the role as president and executive director of PIOGA in Sept. 2016, Daniel Weaver led PIOGA’s efforts to educate both school students and the public about energy issues for five years, including the development of K-12 study course on oil and natural gas that meets Pennsylvania’s standards in history, civics and government, economics, and science and technology. Weaver also represented PIOGA to members of Congress and the state legislature, as well as with media sources around the state and nation.

Weaver was responsible at the Drake Well and Museum for the creation the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U). MEET-U is a portable classroom that has traveled over 200,000 miles to provide information about energy to students and the public in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York. MEET-U has visited 157 schools since its completion in 2010.

While working at the museum, Weaver ran into some problems with the public’s lack of interactions with a display.

“I took this major disappointment personally, and it was soon after that I received some great advice from a mentor, who told me ‘failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome,” Weaver said. “I learned a few important lessons from this episode (and a few others along the way, of course): Don’t be afraid to fail, and recognize it provides an opportunity to reach out to others to help get through challenges.”

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