Marathon Oil: ND Trendsetter


When Terry Kovacevich, regional vice president of Marathon Oil’s Bakken asset management team, accepted the Partnership Building Award from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations at the organization’s yearly awards event this year, it was a first for Marathon Oil, the NDANO and the entire Bakken oil and gas play.

Dana Schaar Jahner, executive director for NDANO, said the organization felt that there were organizations that didn’t classify as nonprofits that were advancing communities and deserved recognition. The group created the Partnership Building Award, looking for specific examples of community involvement and leadership. The nomination form for Marathon Oil was overwhelming, Jahner said. “The form included a long list of organizations that they worked with,” she said, including The United Way of Dickinson, Best Friends Mentoring Program, scouts programs, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and others. The form also included board positions or leadership roles taken on by the company.

Jahner said next year’s award could be nearly any organization, for-profit, nonprofit or educational institution, but for another Bakken-based firm to win, she had this to say, “I think it is really a matter of being engaged in the communities that they are living in and working in and helping to improve the quality of life,” she said, “not just by providing jobs.”