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Formidable Lineup of Speakers Coming to Bluefield Coal Symposium This Summer



May 17, 2024 - A formidable lineup of speakers has been assembled for the Bluefield Coal Symposium. So far, there are three coal operator CEOs comprising: Jimmy Brock, CONSOL Energy; Randall W. Atkins, Ramaco Resources; and John Schroder, United Coal. There are two government leaders, Christopher J. Williamson, Assistant Secretary of Labor, MSHA; and Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer, Director, NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Center.  


Jimmy Brock


Randall Atkins


John Schroder


Christopher Williamson


Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer 


Representing other organizations are CEOs and Vice Presidents of no less than six mining associations comprising: Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, FutureCoal (formerly World Coal Association); Ben Beakes, President, Metallurgical Coal Producers Association; Paul Krivoka, VP of Health and Safety, National Mining Association; David Kanagy, Executive Director & CEO, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc,; Michelle Bloodworth, President & CEO, America’s Power; and Chris Hamilton, President & CEO, West Virginia Coal Association. In addition, there are numerous other well-known industry personalities, who will be speaking.


Michelle Manook


Ben Beakes


Paul Krivoka


David Kanagy


Michelle Bloodworth


Chris Hamilton



“The American coal industry makes a direct $28 billion economic contribution to the Nation each year and there are 68,179 employees at coal mines, including contractors, with both direct and indirect workers totaling 324,800,” said Bill Reid, Chair of the Symposium and Managing Editor of “We have brought together an amazing group of speakers so that all questions on the future of the American coal industry can be answered. Thus, we can understand the way forward. This will certainly be an iconic meeting which is drawing attendees from every coalfield.”


Bill Reid


The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias based in Bluefield and Princeton, WV, together with are jointly presenting the 2024 Bluefield Coal Symposium, which is taking place at the beautiful Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV on August 12-14. The Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America.

The Symposium has four specific goals:

- to aid the search for zero accidents;

- to lift the spirits of those serving the coal industry and bring everyone together;

- to help promote MINExpo INTERNATIONAL®;

- to examine the challenges and opportunities for coal.

Over one and a half days, there are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon. The Bluefield Coal Symposium will examine the future of the coal industry and is the major event in the 2024 coal calendar leading up to MINExpo®.

The Symposium includes entertainment with special live performances by Twitty and Lynn: a Salute to Conway & Loretta, as well as an appearance of Exile, who will perform many of their hit records.  

Registration is open and Package A, which includes entrance to everything costs $495.00. For more information, please visit or phone the Chamber (304) 327-7184.  Bill Reid can be reached at