COGA Summit Awards

And the Winner is…

We honor distinguished members of our industry with the Annual COGA Summit Awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement within and dedication to our industry and COGA. Winners are announced by August 1st and awarded during the conference week.


Fred Julander Lifetime Achievement Award

The Fred Julander Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has performed outstanding service and achieved noteworthy accomplishments over the course of their career in Colorado’s oil and gas industry. This individual’s exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought, and action serves as an inspiration throughout the industry. Fred Julander was one of the original founders of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and was the founder of the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Conference which eventually became The Energy Summit conference. Fred was the first-ever recipient of COGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which was changed in 2018 to the Fred Julander Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. His legacy of great work in our industry will never be forgotten.

2014 Inaugural Honoree: Fred C. Julander

2015 Honoree: Pete Stark

2016 Honoree: Howard Boigon

2017 Honoree: Ken Wonstolen


Industry Advocate Award

This award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding personal dedication and commitment to proactive advocacy on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Going above and beyond all expectations, this individual is engaged in public education, community engagement, and meaningful dialogue about responsible energy development in Colorado. This individual may be employed by the industry or may advocate on our behalf as an ally.

2014 Inaugural Honoree: Dave Brown

2015 Honoree: Ted Brown

2016 Honoree: Susan Alvillar

2017 Honoree: Chris Wright


Emerging Leader Award

This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an emerging leader within industry. This individual will have already made significant contributions to the industry and have demonstrated the potential for leadership, dedication, and innovation. All nominees must be under 35 years of age.

2014 Inaugural Honoree: Sarah Bartlett

2015 Honoree: Sarah Derdowski

2016 Honoree: Matt Owens

2017 Honoree: Craig McMillin


2017 Press Release Announcing Summit Award Winners

2016 Press Release Announcing Summit Award Winners

2015 Press Release Announcing Summit Award Winners


If you know of someone fitting these criteria, please complete the nomination form by May 31, 2018. Final selection will be approved by COGA’s Conference Steering Committee.


Summit Awards Nomination Form

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