Category Archives: Executive Management

Jerry Westerfield – Vice President of Commercial Operations, North Coast Gas Transmission

Jerry Westerfield has more than 30 years of industry experience, spanning a full spectrum of activities in the unregulated midstream natural gas business.  He currently serves as Vice President of Commercial Operations for North Coast, managing the daily operations and business development for the company.  Before coming to North Coast, Mr. Westerfield was Vice President of Business Development at National Fuel Marketing, where he managed the company’s experienced business development team.  He previously served as Vice President of Northeast Market Development for CIMA ENERGY, LTD, where he was responsible for establishing a presence in the Northeast United States markets through asset development and downstream origination.  Prior to CIMA, Mr. Westerfield was Senior Vice President of Trading and Supply at ProLiance Energy, LLC, where he managed the daily natural gas business unit.  He also worked for six years as the Senior Commercial Officer for natural gas marketer SIGCORP Energy Services.  Mr. Westerfield made significant contributions in expanding the company from a start-up business to a company with annual revenues in excess of $800 million.  Mr. Westerfield earned his B.S. with Honors from Brescia University.

Michael Calderone – President & CEO, Somerset Gas Transmission Company and North Coast Gas Transmission

Prior to joining Somerset, Mr. Calderone was the Chief Operating Officer of Energy USA-TPC Corp., where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of all of the company’s gas marketing and trading activities, as well as all back- and mid-office functions.  Mr. Calderone joined TPC in 1991 as Director of Profit Optimization with primary responsibility for selling storage and commodity services from the company’s salt-cavern storage facilities.  In 1994, he was elected Vice President of Gas Marketing and later Senior Vice President of Marketing & Trading.  Prior to TPC, Mr. Calderone worked for CNG Transmission Corporation as Manager of Transportation & Exchange and Manager of Interstate Marketing.  In these roles, he helped establish CNG’s transportation program required by Order 436 and was responsible for renegotiating and securing new sales and transportation services in response to the order.  Prior to joining CNG in 1985, Mr. Calderone was engaged in the private practice of law.  He has been active in the American Gas and Southern Gas Associations, primarily in the Supply and Marketing sections and is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he earned both his B.A. and J.D.

William Ziegler – Chairman, Somerset Gas Transmission Company

Mr. Ziegler is of counsel to the law firm Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, New York, New York.  Mr. Ziegler was formerly a partner of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, of Parson & Brown LLP, and of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan and a predecessor law firm called Whitman & Ransom, all New York law firms.  He has practiced corporate, banking, and securities law since 1968. He is Chairman of the Board (non-executive) of Vesta Corp., a stored value technology company, and of Firebird Holdings Limited, a logistics and contract warehousing business with operations in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the United Kingdom.  He is Chairman of the Board (non-executive) and a director of Geokinetics, Inc., a seismic and geophysical company traded on the OTC Bulletin Board, a director of Flotek Industries Inc., an oil services equipment supplier traded on the OTC Bulletin Board, and a director and Vice Chairman of Grey Wolf, Inc. of Houston, Texas, an AMEX-listed oil and gas drilling company with operations on the U.S. Gulf Coast.  He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board (non-executive) of Union Drilling, Inc., an oil and gas drilling company with operations in the Appalachian Basin and the Rocky Mountains.  Mr. Ziegler is a graduate of Amherst College and received a law degree from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.