South Carolina native and 2001 Clemson graduate Mark Harmon has been named executive director of the South Carolina Petroleum Council.
Harmon most recently served as vice president of government affairs and public policy for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that position, he was the S.C. Senate Republican Caucus executive director.
“Mark will focus on energy priorities in the state, including generating more opportunities for economic benefits including revenue to the government, and job creation,” American Petroleum Institute senior director of state government relations Rolf Hanson said in a news release. “While most of South Carolina has enjoyed lower energy prices over the past several years, the state lags far behind in realizing what is possible with policies that embrace environmentally responsible domestic natural gas and oil resource development.”
From 2003 through 2005, Harmon worked as an application engineer, designing treatment systems for both potable water and wastewater.
API South Carolina is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members produce, process and distribute most of the nation’s energy.
“Energy is critical to meeting South Carolina’s immense opportunities, and progress is happening quicker, cleaner and safer than ever in history, thanks to innovation and progress in the natural gas and oil industry,” said Harmon. “I look forward to supporting policies that encourage energy development and help to grow South Carolina’s economy.”