Terry Kovacevich became the 15th inductee into the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame at the Petroleum Council’s 37th Annual Meeting in Fargo on September 25, 2018. In addition to his work in the industry, Terry was instrumental in helping the NDPC develop its community outreach programs.
HALL OF FAME
Terry Kovacevich is a native of the Cleveland, Ohio area and graduated with a Petroleum Engineering degree from Marietta College in Ohio. He started with Marathon Oil Company in 1978, and during his 37 ½ year career, he held various positions including Operations Manager, Asset Manager, and Regional Vice President. This included nine years working on international assignments. The last 10 years of his career were spent in North Dakota leading Marathon’s Bakken activity. Terry’s world-wide experience was a tremendous benefit in managing Marathon’s Bakken assets in western North Dakota.
Through his leadership at Marathon and as the Chairman of the NDPC and a member of the executive committee, Terry was very active in the community and state. He attended many county commission and tribal meetings to ensure he understood their challenges. Terry was one of the leading forces behind NDPC’s Oil Can! program (now North Dakota Petroleum Foundation) which was focused on being part of the solution to the Bakken challenges and working with the local landowners, public officials and communities.
The Bakken Cookfest was Terry’s idea. The first Cookfest was held in Kildeer in July 2008. Since then, Cookfests have been held in 20 Communities across western North Dakota hosting nearly 25,000 participants and is a nationally award-winning oil and gas education and outreach program. This is just one example of the leadership Terry Kovacevich brought to North Dakota throughout his decade of service. His commitment to doing the job right and always trying to build positive relationships left an impression and footprint that NDPC is continuing to carry-forward daily.
Terry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was a member of the industry advisory board for the Petroleum Engineering Program at UND, energy committee chairman for fundraising for the new hospital in Dickinson, industry advisory board member for the Williston Safety and Technology Center, and supported other organizations always reflecting positively on the oil industry.
“Terry’s commitment to doing the job right and always trying to build positive relationships left an impression and footprint that NDPC is continuing to carry-forward daily.”
– CRAIG SMITH, 2017 INDUCTEE
HALL OF FAME
The North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame was initiated in 2003 to recognize and honor those who have demonstrated dedication to the industry and who have made a significant impact on the development and growth of our industry.