President of Center for a Brighter Future
Principal - Drill Leader LLC & Cow Run Energy LLC
Mining, Oil & Gas Exploration, Agriculture, Construction, Water Resources
Since beginning a career in the drilling industry in 1980, Bill Maloney has gone from a position of rig hand to project engineer, company owner to almost Governor of WV. Bill was a co-founder and executive at North American Drillers and Shaft Drillers International (SDI). He grew SDI from a two-person business in 1984 to become the world-leader in large-diameter shaft drilling (up to 18ft.) for mining and other industries. He sold his share of the businesses in 2006. Currently he is the President of the Center for a Brighter Future, a non-partisan think tank formed in 2013 to study and promote freedom and prosperity in areas ranging from energy to ethics. He is also the principal of natural resource producer, Cow Run Energy LLC, and consulting firm, Drill Leader LLC.
Bill and a company he co-founded, Center Rock, Inc, were the driving force in the successful 2010 rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile. Convinced that their technology and expertise could aid in the rescue of the miners, Bill and his drilling colleagues took action and became rescue “Plan B,” which helped to free the miners. On his return, Bill founded the Mine Rescue Drilling Fund, which was established to provide critical assistance for mine rescues in the United States and abroad.
Bill is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He is an active member of the Society of Mining Engineers, the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia Farm Bureau and the West Virginia Water Well Drillers Association. He is a past chairman of the West Virginia chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and past president of the Greater Morgantown Community Trust.
Bill and his wife Sharon of 32 years reside in Morgantown, WV. They have two grown daughters and a grandson. Bill was the Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in a very close special election in October 2011 and also in 2012.