Devine appointed to lead National Oilheat Research Alliance upon Huber’s retirement
The National Oilheat Research Alliance has announced the appointment of Michael Devine as incoming president following the retirement of current president John Huber, effective March 1.
Devine comes to NORA after having served as vice president of sales and business development for World Energy. As part of the senior management team, he managed day-to-day activities for sales and volumes at terminals, prepared monthly and annual budgets, and developed key national accounts including FedEx, UPS, Chevron, Ryder, The Union Pacific Railroad and others. Prior to his time at World Energy, he was the CEO and founder of Earth Energy Alliance, where he assisted the petroleum distribution industry in reducing its fuels’ carbon footprint by increasing the use of liquid renewables.
Devine has deep roots in the oilheat industry. He began his career in his family’s business, Devine Brothers of Norwalk, Connecticut. He started as a truck driver and service technician, growing into the roles of sales manager, vice president and president of the third-generation business with 50-plus employees. He is a member of the NORA board and has been a positive and active voice in supporting the oilheat and liquid heating fuels industry for decades.
“We are excited about having Michael join the talented NORA team as president,” said Roger Marran, board chairman of NORA. “He is an exemplary leader with the ability to further build on NORA’s success with his extensive knowledge and passion for the oilheat, biofuels and liquid fuels industry. He will help us expand on our mission of enabling renewable cleaner fuels, more efficient heating systems and a highly educated technical workforce. And he is committed to NORA’s vision to provide better solutions for American consumers and businesses with cleaner, more efficient and more reliable heat and hot water systems.”
Devine succeeds NORA’s founding president, John Huber, who is retiring after a 22-year career with NORA. Huber will continue in his current role as president through early 2022 and will continue to provide Devine support to ensure a successful transition period.
“I’m honored to be selected as the next president of NORA,” Devine said. “NORA has been critical to advancing the heating oil industry for over two decades. The challenges to our industry are great, but with the resources of NORA and the committed leadership of NORA’s board, retailers and wholesalers throughout the country, we will develop the best path forward for this great industry.”
NORA was authorized by Congress in 2000 to generate funding for the oilheat industry to provide more efficient and more reliable heat and hot water to American consumers. NORA’s efforts focus on consumer and professional education, energy efficiency, safety and research. For more information on NORA’s activities visit NORAweb.org.