Petroleum Association of Wyoming Welcomes Communications Director

McConnaughey Brings a Wealth of Experience to New Position

October 7, 2019

Casper, Wyo. – The Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) welcomes Ryan McConnaughey as Communications Director to the Association staff. McConnaughey brings extensive experience to the position, having spent more than a decade in constituent services, communication, public affairs, and policy development spanning agriculture, natural resources, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and government.

“I am looking forward to this new role as Communications Director for the Petroleum Association,” said McConnaughey. “In today’s world, communicating the excellent work PAW members are doing is vital to the continued success of the oil and gas industry and Wyoming as a whole.”

PAW President Pete Obermueller had the following to say about McConnaughey’s hire:

“Between our existing staff and board members, PAW has a strong team in place when it comes to member services and government relations. Bringing someone on board to handle our messaging efforts was the logical next step for the Association. I am thrilled Ryan has agreed to join us in that effort.”

Before joining PAW, Ryan worked for the Pronghorn Agency, a Wyoming-based public relations firm. Ryan started his professional career serving five years as a Field Representative and Grants Coordinator for U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis. Ryan is a lifelong Wyomingite. He received his Master of Science degree from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2015.

About PAW: Representing Wyoming’s primary economic engine, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming is the voice of the oil and gas industry. Our members produce 90% of Wyoming’s oil and gas; generating over $5 billion in economic activity and employing more than 18,000 of Wyoming’s hard-working men and women. PAW strives to foster mutually beneficial relationships with Wyoming’s landowners, businesses, and communities while promoting the sustainable production of Wyoming’s abundant resources.

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming provides a forum for education, interaction, and unified action for members, policymakers, and the public.