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Four Coal Operator CEOs Named for Bluefield Coal Symposium


June 28, 2024 - A formidable lineup of speakers has been assembled for the Bluefield Coal Symposium and this includes four coal operator CEOs comprising: Jimmy Brock, CONSOL Energy; Mike Quillen, Founder & Retired CEO, Alpha Metallurgical Resources; Randall W. Atkins, Ramaco Resources; and John Schroder, Metinvest-United Coal. There are also two government leaders, Christopher J. Williamson, Assistant Secretary of Labor, MSHA; and Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer, Director, NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Center.  




Jimmy Brock


Mike Quillen



Randall Atkins 


John Schroder


Christopher Williamson


Dr. Stephen G. Sawyer 

The list doesn’t end here and 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 Krivocuka, 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 $40 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 now 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 marquee 2024 Bluefield Coal Symposium, 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. 

Chuck Mathena Center



Over one and a half days, there are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon at this one-of-a-kind national event. 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.   


Twitty and Lynn



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