Former MMS official takes presidency of NOIA

Thomas A. Fry III, the current director of the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Lands Management (BLM), will become the next president of the Washington, DC-based association National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said Tidewater Inc. Executive Vice-President and NOIA Chairman Richard M. Currence. NOIA is a national trade association representing the US offshore petroleum and related industries.


Thomas A. Fry III, the current director of the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Lands Management (BLM), will become the next president of the Washington, DC-based association National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said Tidewater Inc. Executive Vice-President and NOIA Chairman Richard M. Currence. NOIA is a national trade association representing the US offshore petroleum and related industries.

Current NOIA President Robert Stewart will retire on Nov. 30 after working for NOIA since 1987 and working for more than 30 years in the energy industry.

Fry served as acting director of the BLM from November 1998 until his rise to director in October 1999. Fry joined the US Department of the Interior as the director of the Minerals Management Service in July 1993, where he was responsible for regulatory oversight of exploration, development and production of oil, gas and other minerals on the nation�s Outer Continental Shelf. He also was responsible for collection of revenues for mineral development on federal and Indian lands. Fry will leave his post with BLM in late November.

More in General Interest