Nathan Conway, chief operating officer of Ward Williston Oil Company, a North Dakota-based oil and gas exploration and production company, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Minot State University's Gordon B. Olson Library media center. The reception is open to the public.
Conway also will meet Monday with MSU business faculty, lecture to students in energy and finance and business classes, present to the Rotary and talk with faculty and staff and community members.
Conway is originally from Westhope and grew up in the oil business in North Dakota, according to a press release. In high school and college, he worked by checking oil wells on weekends and over summers. He competed a bachelor's degree in accounting at Minot State in 2001. He was hired by Ward Williston after college and also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Conway is active in his professional and local community serving as a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the North Dakota Petroleum Council board of directors. He provides monetary support and offers his business acumen to help feed and educate Africa children through Joint Aid Management, an African Relief Organization. He is a member of JAM's board of directors.
Both Business Watch Magazine and Prairie Business recognized Conway with their "40 under 40" business awards. He was recently honored by Platts Global Energy Awards as a finalist for its Rising Star Award.
He is speaking at Minot State as part of the university's Distinguished Alumni Series.