HBW Resources Announces Strategic Partnership for Energy Regulatory Affairs

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HBW Resources and Northington Strategy Group Form Energy Business Development and Consulting Services Alliance

Partnership Brings Regulatory Expertise to Industry-Leading Firm


WASHINGTON, Jan. 31st – HBW Resources and Northington Strategy Group announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership to help HBW’s clients in the energy sector more smoothly navigate Washington’s vast regulatory network.

The agreement brings together two of the nation’s most experienced consultants on federal energy and environmental policy. As part of their agreement, the two firms will work together to recruit, develop, and serve clients in the fields of energy exploration and development, natural resources and transportation, and environmental protection.

“John Northington will help our clients develop a strategy that will enable them to reach their business goals and operate within an increasingly complex federal regulatory environment,” said David Holt, managing partner of HBW Resources. “We are pleased that John and his firm have teamed up with HBW Resources and greatly look forward to working with him to serve clients across the energy and natural resource development sectors.”

Northington, who was a Clinton administration appointee at both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), said “companies need to pay close attention to regulatory actions and political currents, especially in the current environment of partisan brinksmanship.” He also stated his belief that the collaboration between the firms will “offer clients not only the knowledge that comes with regulatory experience, but also the refined political and legislative acumen required to succeed.”

The firms’ principals have a long history of working together: HBW partner Andrew Browning first began working with Northington in 1993 at DOE, where the former held the position of staff assistant to various officials in the Department of Energy including the Secretary of Energy”.

“HBW Resources opened a Denver office in 2012 to expand our presence in the region and strengthen our capacity to address the key energy policy, regulatory, and advocacy issues of the Rockies,” said Andrew Browning, head of the HBW Resources office in Denver. “Our strategic partnership with John Northington will allow us to utilize his unique skill-set and capitalize on his extensive experience working with the Department of Interior and the BLM on federal lands issues.”

About John Northington


For the past thirty years, John Northington has worked on energy policy issues in the public and private sectors. Named by The Hill newspaper as one of the top ten energy consultants in D.C., Northington has served on the National Petroleum Council—an oil and natural gas advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy—for more than a decade.

Before joining the federal government, John worked in the commercial real estate business and the oil and gas industry in Texas.

Northington began his government service at the Department of Energy in 1993, where he served as the White House liaison, chief of staff for the Office of Fossil Energy, and senior advisor for oil and natural gas policy.

From 1998 until 2000, Northington worked at the Department of the Interior as senior advisor to the director of the Bureau of Land Management and special assistant to the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, which entailed crafting energy policy for the Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management).

In addition to managing Northington Strategy Group, Northington is a visiting professor at the University of Nordland’s Graduate School of Business. He teaches in the Master of Science in Energy Management Program that is run with the cooperation of Moscow’s MGIMO International Institute of Energy Policy & Diplomacy.

A fifth-generation Texan raised in Ballinger and Midland, John comes from a long line of Northington men involved in the oil and gas business and holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

About HBW Resources

With offices in Houston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Calgary, Alberta, HBW Resources is a multi-disciplinary consulting and advocacy firm that has provided issues management, coalition building, grassroots/grass tops advocacy, federal and state government lobbying, third party outreach, and communications services to resolve the public policy needs of its clients since 2008.

The firm takes a bipartisan approach to representing the interests of national and international companies, trade associations, not-for-profit organizations, and public bodies in front of the U.S. Congress, a broad range of federal departments, state governments, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

For more information
about HBW Resources,
contact: R.C. Hammond
Tel: (202) 262-9292
Email: rchammond@hbwresources.com

For information about
Northington Strategy Group,
contact: Stephen Power
Tel: (202) 393-7337
spower@brunswickgroup.com

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