Newsmaker: Tom Lopus
Noteworthy: Lopus was named Industry Leader of the year at the Northeast 2012 Oil & Gas Awards.
Occupation: Senior vice president at Pardee Resources Co., overseeing oil and gas operations.
Education: Lopus received his bachelor's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State University in 1980. He received certificates in executive management from Southern Methodist University in 1992 and the University of Chicago in 2003.
Background: Lopus has spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, most of it as an engineer and manager at Tenneco. More recently, he was a founding member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Lopus was also an executive at J-W Energy Co. and at Equitable Resources Inc., which is now EQT Corp. He worked as an independent software developer for the oil and gas industry.
He was recently ordained as a deacon at Saints John and Paul Roman Catholic Parish in Franklin Park.
Quote: “You will eventually be rewarded for what you put into anything. I took an oath and was ordained ... and I did that because I want to serve the Lord and I want to serve our church.”