Mr. Osborne became President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014. A director of the Company, he had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Gas Natural since November 2013. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy West Resources, Inc., Gas Natural’s marketing and production subsidiary, since February 2012. Previously, he served as an executive in a variety of positions in the oil and gas sector. He also served as Vice President of Orwell Natural Gas Company, a regulated public utility in Ohio and was a former director of Corning Natural Gas Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Osborne served as a trustee of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Mr. Osborne attended The Ohio State University with a concentration in Business.
Mr. Sprague became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. Prior to that, he had served on the Board of Directors of Gas Natural since 2006. Mr. Sprague was previously a Managing Partner with Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP CPAs ("Walthall") in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Sprague joined Walthall in 1987, was admitted as a Partner in 1994, and has specialized in the Oil & Gas Industry throughout his career. He is a certified public accountant and received a BS degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1982.
Kevin Degenstein was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer in August 2014. Mr. Degenstein has served in the natural gas utility industry in executive management, operations, engineering and regulatory capacities for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was president and chief operating officer of Gas Natural from June 2008 until November 2013, when he departed the Company. He joined Gas Natural in 2006 as senior vice president of operations. Previously, Mr. Degenstein was with EN Engineering, an engineering consulting firm, as vice president of distribution from 2002 until 2003 and vice president of technology from 2004 until 2006. He began his natural gas utility career in 1982 with Nicor Gas where he held various increasingly challenging operations roles, including chief engineer. Mr. Degenstein is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Christopher J. Hubbert, 48, is a partner at the law firm of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Hubbert has more than 20 years of experience practicing securities and corporate law. His securities practice focuses on capital formation via both public and private placements, ’34 Act reporting for public companies, tender offers and proxy contests. He also counsels companies in connection with corporate governance matters, contract negotiations and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Hubbert speaks regularly on securities and corporate governance matters and serves as corporate secretary for both publicly-traded and privately-held corporations as well as non-profits. He has served as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law, where he taught classes on contract negotiations. As an active member of his community, Mr. Hubbert serves as a trustee of several local non-profits.
Mr. Hubbert attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. He obtained an A.B. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from The University of Michigan.
Gas Natural Inc. (NYSE MKT: EGAS), a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to end-use residential, commercial and industrial customers. It distributes approximately 26 billion cubic feet of natural gas to approximately 68,000 customers through regulated utilities operating in Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina and Kentucky. The Company’s other operations include natural gas production and natural gas marketing. The Company's Montana public utility was originally incorporated in 1909.
Gas Natural‘s strategy for growth is to expand throughput, particularly in the Maine and North Carolina markets, while looking for acquisitions that are either adjacent to its existing utilities or in under saturated markets. The company’s common stock currently trades on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol “EGAS.”