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Joe Eddy, one of the most highly respected leaders in West Virginia’s business and industry sector, will be honored for his dedication to West Virginia Northern Community College at the institution’s annual fund-raising dinner.
Eddy, vice president of the WVNCC Foundation Board of Trustees, will be recognized at the event, sponsored by the Wheeling campus Friends of the College and the WVNCC Foundation, to be held Saturday, April 16, at the Education Center building at 17th and Eoff streets downtown.
Since the honoree is president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg, a company that prides itself on use of cutting-edge technology, including robotics, Friends of the College committee members chose a space-age theme for the fun-filled evening. Those in attendance traditionally are served a gourmet dinner prepared by the college’s Culinary Arts chefs and students. Live entertainment and silent and live auctions also will be featured.
Nick Zervos, president of the Wheeling campus Friends board, said this year’s event is special for him because he was one of the persons who helped educate Eddy when he was a seventh and eighth grade student. “At the same time that Joe has helped grow Eagle Manufacturing into one of the most successful businesses in the Upper Ohio Valley, he has made a difference in the lives of many people through his community service.”
The president of the board of the WVNCC Foundation, Robert J. Krall, added, “It is a pleasure to work side-by-side with Joe on the Foundation board. He is a true friend of the college and rightly deserves to be recognized for his many contributions.”
Eddy is past chairman of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association and serves on its executive, M2M conference, finance and education committees as well as being chairman of the WVMA Educational Fund, a non-profit organization supporting career path education in West Virginia. He also serves on the Advisory Board at the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College, on the board of the Regional Economic Development Partnership, on the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charleston Industry Roundtable, and founded the Joseph and Debra Eddy Foundation, as well as the Joseph Eddy Technology Fund at West Virginia Northern.
The honoree also serves on the speaker’s bureau for the Independent Oil and Gas Association’s Energy Speaks program, is a regular guest on the TV show “On Money” with Pete Holloway and was a guest writer and speaker for the 2014 and 2015 WV Economic Outlook Conferences. He was in the 2013 State Journal-Who’s Who in WV Business, and Eagle ranked Number 5 nationally in Chief Executive Magazine’s 2012 Best Private Companies for Leaders. In 2015, Eagle won the prestigious National Association of Manufacturers Sandy Trowbridge Award for Excellence in Community Service.
Eddy grew up in Tyler County, graduated from Sistersville High School, holds a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Marietta, Ohio, College and has completed studies in surveying and management at the University of Wyoming and University of Chicago, respectively. Prior to joining Eagle in 1996, he held positions at Amoco Production Co. in Andrews, Texas; Gulf Oil Corp in Bakersfield, California; Spectrum Resources in Marietta; Tazwell Corp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and managed two of his own startup companies, Oilfield Services Corp. and Enhanced Technologies. Joe and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 28 years and reside in Wheeling.