Scott Rotruck
Next Commerce
304.720.5695 office
681.212.9051 mobile

Key Focus


Mr. Rotruck is well versed in the issues common to energy companies and start-ups. He has decades of experience in business development and government relations.


Professional Experience

  • Consulting with exploration and production companies; mid-stream companies; trade associations; state, regional and local development authorities; and other businesses related to the energy and natural gas industry (e.g., suppliers, vendors, end-product users, etc.)
  • Developing and overseeing implementation of energy-centric strategies
  • Providing strategic market analysis, connectivity and market-entry assistance to businesses in the energy and natural gas industry
  • Providing client representation, monitoring, reporting and liaison with trade groups and industry associations
  • Serving energy and natural gas industry clients with federal, state and local government relations assistance
  • Engaging with community and community leaders on behalf of energy and natural gas industry clients where they currently operate or aspire to do business

Prior Professional Experience

  • Served as Vice President of Corporate Development and State Government Relations at Chesapeake Energy, leading corporate development and government relations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions
  • Ten years of experience in the railroad industry with CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Fifteen years of experience in the energy industry, including work for Anker Energy and CONSOL
  • Served as the Economic Development Director and Senior Advisor to the President at West Virginia University
  • Taught Entrepreneurship at West Virginia University College of Business and Economics

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Energize West Virginia
  • Board Member, Imagine Greater Pittsburgh
  • Past Board Member, West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association
  • Past Chairman and CEO, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman, Vision Shared
  • Past Chairman, West Virginia Tourism Commission
  • Past Chairman, West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development
  • Past Chairman, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust
  • Past Chairman, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, 2000
  • FastTrac Facilitator, Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Training Programs
  • Task Force Member, Cheat River, North Branch of the Potomac River
  • Past Member, University of Charleston Board of Trustees
  • Past Board Member, United Way Board of Monongalia and Marion County, W.Va.


  • West Virginia University
  • Frostburg State University, M.B.A