Carmi man to head Illinois Oil & Gas Association

MOUNT VERNON – The Illinois Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) has announced that Jim Elder of Carmi, Illinois will be its new executive director.

Elder succeeds Robert Stewart, a longtime leader of Mt. Vernon’s oil industry.

Elder thinks annual production from the Illinois Basin is very strategic for the United States

“I look forward to working with the IOGA team to make an impact at the state legislature and national association level,” he said in a press release.

Elder was born and raised in southern Illinois. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Earth Science — Geography/Geology. Upon graduation, he joined the Reed Tool Company and spent his entire career in the oil and gas service industry, serving the United States and Latin America International.

He went on to study at Southern Methodist University, earning an executive MBA

“Jim has extensive experience in the petroleum industry and will bring a calm and stable outlook to our organization,” said J. Nelson Wood, IOGA President.

Elder enjoys cooking outdoors, traveling and is a Certified Master Gardener. He particularly likes to receive his family and friends. He is married to Kathy and has two sons.

• The Illinois Oil and Gas Association is a group of oil and gas producers, landowners, royalty holders, utility producers and others in the Illinois Basin region. For more information, visit

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