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Kyle Mork wasn't born in Charleston, but his connections to the Mountain State brought him here — twice.

While Mork remembers attending elementary school in Charleston, he returned to Colorado for the rest of his schooling and attended a university in New York. He majored in chemical engineering and received an executive MBA through Northwestern University.

Mork's grandfather founded Energy Corporation of America, the company Mork now works for, more than 50 years ago. Mork moved to Denver where he was born, back to West Virginia in the 1980s with his family, and back again to Colorado.

“I worked for ECA one year in Texas, came back to West Virginia to a new role in the company in the Charleston office,” Mork said. “A lot has happened since I moved here 10 years ago.”

Mork, in those 10 years, met his wife Kirsten, had a child and now has one on the way.

“We're loving raising a family here,” Mork said.

While Mork was brought back to the state after an opportunity with the ECA presented itself, he said he is proud of the impact they are able to make on the community.

With a small community like the Charleston area, Mork said he and his wife stay involved in organizations and charities.

“West Virginia has a ton to offer, incredible quality of life and a great place to raise a family,” he said. “You can get involved in the community easily here.”

As chief operating officer for ECA, Mork said he hires a lot of recent college graduates, and his advice remains the same.

“Any interest you have, it's a lot easier to get access to here,” Mork said. “I think it's a really neat thing about being here, you can get really integrated into the community.

“We're able to do things that would be more difficult to do in a big city.”

Mork's role in day-to-day operations includes being involved in business development and strategic work across the many different aspects of the oil and natural gas industry.

With plans for expansion, Mork said the ECA is continuing to grow through doubling the size of their office and planning to hire a number of new people.

Mork said the new office, in Northgate Business Park, will bring the employee capacity up by about 80 more people.

When he isn't spending his time working, Mork said he and his family like to travel the state to places like Stonewall Jackson Resort and The Greenbrier.

“A lot of our time is spent with our daughter and doing fun things with her around town,” he said. “We take advantage of all that West Virginia has to offer.”


Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing series of stories that feature West Virginians motivated by their passion for the Mountain State to make a home or return home in order to make a difference in their communities. If you have a suggestion for a future “Mountain Mover,” contact Mandi Cardosi at mcardosi@statejournal.com or 304-415-1480.