WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Kent Hartsog, group controller with Patriot Coal Corporation, has been elected as the 2008-09 chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Hartsog succeeds Clarence E. "CEM" Martin III with the law firm of Martin & Seibert.

Hartsog was elected chairman by the Board of Directors during the Chamber's 72nd Annual Meeting, which was held Aug. 27-29 at The Greenbrier.

The board also approved the election of the following officers for 2008-09 terms:

* F. Scott Rotruck, vice president of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, as vice chairman;

* Timothy E. Huffman, a partner with Jackson Kelly PLLC, as secretary; and

* J. Thomas Jones, president and CEO of West Virginia United Health System, as treasurer.

In addition, nine individuals were newly elected to the Board of Directors:

* William G. Carper, resident vice President of Norfolk Southern Corporation;

* James Chapman, vice president of Century Aluminum of W.Va., Inc.;

* James W. Dailey, chief executive officer of W. Harley Miller Contractors, Inc.;

* B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia;

* Wayne Morgan, President, West Virginia American Water Company;

* Jeffrey C. Moore, vice president of manufacturing for Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc.;

* David Rader, president and CEO of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company;

* Clayton W. Rice, president of the West Virginia Region of Huntington Bank; and

* Don Wagenheim, chairman of the H. E. Neumann Company.

They join 40 other directors who will serve on the W.Va. Chamber's Board during 2008-09.

As the state's largest general business organization, the West Virginia Chamber represents all business sectors in every region of the state, ranging from small business enterprises to Fortune 500 companies.

The organization's 5,000-plus membership reach comes from its close relationships with 55 local chambers of commerce and dozens of statewide business and trade associations.

For more information on the W.Va. Chamber, go to www.wvchamber.com.

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