Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tom Bartos, Chief Financial Officer, celebrated 20 years with ABARTA. The first person hired by Jim Taylor, Tom has been a consistent contributor over the years with his financial acumen and energy marketing talent. 

Debbie Rubel, Executive Assistant, has been Jim Taylor's right hand (and often his left) for 15 years!  Debbie is the person everyone relies on to get things done, both well and with a smile on her face.  We'd all be lost without her.  

Denise Bombalski, Staff Accountant, celebrated 20 years with ABARTA.  Denise has worked for several divisions of ABARTA - RPI, SFS and AOG - and we are glad she decided to make AOG her home.  

Congratulations Tom, Debbie and Denise on your years of service.  

Monday, June 15, 2015


After three years working as a Geologist on the team of three, Shane Huffman has been promoted to the newly-created position of Exploration Manager.  Shane will work with Kathy Flaherty and Junior Jenkins to lead our geologic team in their efforts to find new conventional and unconventional oil and gas prospects.  Shane has shown his strength in leadership by identifying and leading the effort to acquire and develop our Franklin Township opportunity.

Shane received his Masters of Science Degree in Geology from WVU.  He and his wife Kelly live with their four children in Saxonburg, PA.


It seems like only yesterday we were cutting cake in the Chieftain Room at 1000 Gamma Drive and celebrating Jim Taylor’s 25th anniversary with ABARTA.  Well, another five years have passed, and Jim celebrates his 30th year anniversary with ABARTA.  We all join in offering Jim, our President and CEO, our congratulations and thanks for spending the past 30 years of his life dedicated to ABARTA and its success.

Wayne Boggs, Kentucky Equipment Operator, celebrates his five year anniversary with ABARTA Oil & Gas.

Congratulations and thanks for your years of service.


Rob Patterson, Pittsburgh’s Property Accountant, has much to celebrate.  After taking night and weekend classes for two years, he was awarded his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Robert Morris University.  Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting from Bethany College.
Rob was able to take advantage of the company’s Tuition Reimbursement policy to offset his costs by $5,000 each year.  He is thankful to be done and hasn’t yet figured out what to do with all his free time.  Congratulations, Rob!


Allie Ryan Rice
This darling little baby girl came into the world on Friday, May 1st  to meet parents Devin Rice, Kentucky Relief Driller/Truck Driver, his wife Hayley and brother, Daniel.  Allie Ryan Rice weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long.  Congratulations!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five, Ten and Fifteen Year Anniversaries Celebrated in Pittsburgh

Lynn Biery joined the ABARTA family 10 years ago.  Prior to her arrival here,  her head was in the sewer. Well, not really. She ran the Deer Creek Drainage Authority. In fact, she recently joined the Board of Directors of the Sewer Authority.

Lynn is the Land Supervisor at AOG, and her specialty is organization. She creates all of our internal division of interests (DOI's) and verifies all external DOI's. She also serves as a resource for all the other departments seeking lease, right-of-way and joint venture information. If you walk by her office you might see her helping out someone from accounting, operations or other land department folks.

Outside the office, much of Lynn's time is devoted to rowing. She is a board member of the Steel City Rowing Club and rows competitively in both doubles and quads. She's seen the Allegheny River up closer than most of us. 

Lynn lives in Indiana Township with her husband Brad and their daughter Elyn, who will be a freshman at IUP this fall and is coxswain for the rowing club.

Congratulations to Chuck Huczko for 15 years of dedication and hard work at ABARTA Oil & Gas and ABARTA, Inc.!  Chuck started his career at ABARTA in 2000 as an internal auditor, transferred to AOG as Accounting Manager in 2002 and was promoted to Controller in 2008.  During his tenure at AOG, Chuck has enthusiastically embraced the difficult task of dealing with the various auditors that come through our office.  He is an excellent researcher of new technical accounting issues and  is a task master of monthly, quarterly and annual financials.  He is the “go to” person when it comes to insurance issues and is always willing to pitch in where needed.

Chuck and his wife, DeeDee, live in Greensburg, PA with their two children, Julia and Nate.

Cliff Simmons, Director of Operations, celebrates 5 years with ABARTA Oil & Gas.   Cliff manages conventional field operations for ABARTA Energy.  He is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of ABARTA's approximately 660 wells and 26 men in PA, WV and KY.  Cliff reports to John Emmerling, ABARTA Energy’s Vice President/COO, who is grateful for the tireless hours and hundreds of miles he dedicates to keeping our employee’s Eyes and Mind On Task!

Cliff lives in Kittanning, PA 33 miles north of the Pittsburgh office with his wife, Marisa.  Congratulations Cliff!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Five Year Anniversaries

Jamie West celebrated his five year anniversary with ABARTA Energy in December. Jamie began his career with us in 2009 as a rig hand for the swab, drilling and service rig in Kentucky.  He then advanced to well tender in 2011 and is responsible for tending 63 wells. He is actively studying to become a corrosion technician and enjoys working with Diana and the men in Kentucky.

Our own little Miss Sunshine celebrates five years with ABARTA Energy this month. Sandy Doyle, Pittsburgh Secretary/Receptionist, is like a breath of fresh air each morning.  Her ever cheerful disposition and bright smile make everyone's day better.

Since moving to 200 Alpha Drive in June 2013, Sandy has assumed increasing responsibilities to keep the building and ABARTA Energy operating smoothly.  Whether the heat is off, the doors won’t lock or someone smells natural gas, Sandy handles each situation with aplomb, tact and a smile.  It’s a pleasure to work with Sandy every day.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meet Howie Hanlon

Howard ("Howie") John Hanlon arrived on Wedneday, November 5, 2014 and joined big sister, Charlie.  Proud parents Katie Hanlon (West Virginia Administrative Assistant) and husband Eric along with grandparents Charlie (ABARTA Vice President & CFO) and Christy Hanlon welcomed him to the world at 1:09 p.m.  He                                                                              weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19 inches long.