Industry Leader, Northeast 2015

Awarded to: James E. Kriebel - Kriebel Companies


Judges Comments

Jim Kriebel was born and raised in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He learned the value of hard work in high school working for his father, Ed, one of the owners of C&K Coal Company. Jim learned to operate heavy equipment as an employee of the Coal Company.

Jim attended and graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he returned to Clarion. Jim and his father, Ed, started a gas company and acquired the Bruin Drilling Company from Carl (“Mousy”) Walker together with his leases, wells and equipment. Mousy Walker taught Jim the gas business from the derrick floor of his spudder. They worked together for 3 years drilling, completing and tending wells. From this beginning, Jim built the family business.

Jim and the Kriebel family have been involved in natural gas drilling and development in western Pennsylvania for 43 years. Today, Jim is president and chief executive officer of the Kriebel Companies and he, along with his brothers Gary and Greg and his son, Shane, have drilled, completed and operate over 1700 wells in western Pennsylvania.
Jim is an active participant in the natural gas industry. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, where he serves as Treasurer. Jim is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Jim is a leader in his local community. He serves on the Finance Committee for Clarion’s Church of God, is a member of the board of directors of the Clarion Community Foundation, and is also a member of the Clarion Hospital Authority.
Over the years, Jim has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for National City Bank of Pennsylvania, Integra Bank and First Seneca Bank. He is also a past member of the Clarion University Foundation Board and has served on the Clarion County Economic Development Council and the Business Development Committee. Jim has also served as chairman of the Business Department for the Clarion area Church of God.

Jim has adopted a policy of encouraging his staff to be involved with industry and community boards and associations. His staff serves on various gas industry committees and boards, bank boards, and church committees. A staff member was recently appointed as a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee.

In 2007, the Kriebel Companies received the Business Education Partnership Award from the Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry.

Jim and his wife, Penny, reside in Shippenville, Pennsylvania. They have two children and seven grandchildren.