WV 150th
The Industrial Council Members

Voting Members

Bill Dean, Chairman

Dan Marshall

Edward Kent Hartsog, Co-Chairman

James H. Dissen

 Sydney Thornhill-Brown

Legislative Members

Mick Bates

Steve Westfall




Dan Marshall

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, May 3, 1946. Current resident of Vienna, West Virginia.

Practicing attorney in Parkersburg, West Virginia, concentrating in the fields of commercial real estate and public finance law.

Owner of several real estate investment and development entities with commercial and multifamily property holdings.

Member, Vice President and Finance Committee Chairman of the School Building Authority of West Virginia, 1989 to 1990. Member West Virginia Pension Board Review Committee, 2001-2005.

Graduate of Marietta College (BA) 1970 and West Virginia College of Law (ID) 1973.

Parent of three daughters, Susan, an Ohio Wesleyan graduate and office manager in Columbus, Ohio; Kristen, a University of South Carolina graduate and recreation facilities manager in Columbus, Ohio, and Melanie, a Purchase College graduate and member of Kaliedescope Dance Company of Indianapolis, IN.

Kenneth Wm. (Bill) Dean - Photograph Unavailable

Mr. Dean was born in Fairmont, West Virginia and has resided in Blacksville, West Virginia for the past 45 years. He graduated from Clay- Battelle High School and attended Waynesburg Pennsylvania College for 1 year.

In 1977 he became an Apprentice of Iron Workers Local Union 549 and graduated to Journeyman in 1980. He was elected Business Manager of Iron Workers Local 549 in 1994 and still holds that position. He was appointed Trustee of the Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia Iron Workers District Council in 1994 and at present serves as 1 st Vice President of the Council. He has served as President of the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Trades for the past 8 years. He also serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the North Central Building and Trades.

He is married to Clara and has two sons, Jay and Ben.

     Edward Kent Hartsog

Kent Hartsog is Vice President of Operations Support for Patriot Coal Corp, a major coal producer that operates in West Virginia and western Kentucky.  During his career, he has worked six years in public accounting and twenty-plus years within the coal industry, primarily for Patriot, Peabody Energy and Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates. 

Mr. Hartsog earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West VirginiaUniversity in 1980 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1982.  He has worked in a variety of accounting and finance positions during his career.  

Currently serves as Chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Boards of the Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the ClayCenter and Leadership West Virginia. 

Born in Beckley, WV, currently resides in Hurricane, WV.  Married with two sons,  John, who graduated in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy assigned to the Submarine service; and Matt, who is currently a 2nd class Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.

    James H. Dissen

James H. Dissen is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Highland Hospital, Charleston, WV and at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Inc., Clarksburg, WV. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University; his M.B.A. from Xavier University; and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.

Prior to assuming his current position at Highland Hospital, he was a Partner and Senior Vice President at Triana Energy, LLC, with over 40 years Human Resources and Labor Relations experience in all areas of the natural gas business. He was Chief Spokesman for the Columbia Gas System companies in its collective bargaining with various unions over a multi-state area. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Charleston where he teaches graduate and under graduate level courses in “Human Resources Management;” “Business Ethics;” Operation and Management of a Small Business” and “Collective Bargaining and Arbitration.”  He has also taught courses for Wheeling Jesuit University and has headed up corporate re-engineering efforts and the integration of companies after successful merger and acquisition activity.

His community involvement included:

.           Star USA Federal Credit Union                       Chairman, Board of Directors

.           Wheeling Jesuit University                             Vice-Chairman Board of Directors

.           Charleston Catholic High School                    Advisory Council

.           State of WV, 13th Judicial Circuit                    Volunteer Mediator

.           Inroads WV                                                     Former Chairman

.           The Catholic Business Network                      Former President

.           WV Blue Ribbon Personnel Commission        Appointed by Governor Caperton

.           WV Chamber of Commerce                           Former Board of Directors

Mr. Dissen is an Army veteran having served as a Special Agent in Counter Intelligence during the “Cold War.” He is licensed to practice law in PA and WV. He is married to Shirley S. Dissen. They have three (3) children; Elizabeth, William and Anna and three (3) grandchildren; Grace, Charlie and Jane.



Sydney Thornhill-Brown

Sydney was born and raised in Logan, West Virginia. She graduated Logan High School in 2003 and played tennis for the Mountaineers while receiving a Degree in Interior Design and Minor in Business Administration from West Virginia University in 2007. She continued her education for the family business and graduated from the NADA Dealer Academy (National Automotive Dealer Association) in McLean, Virginia in 2009.

Currently Sydney resides in Logan County with her husband Justin. She is a serving elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Logan and a member of the Logan Kiwanis Club.

Sydney grew-up working in multiple family businesses and continues to do so with her father and brother. She is the current Dealer Executive for Thornhill Auto Group where she has worked since 2004 handling the groups marketing and advertising, business development, building/project designs, and hands on day to day operations for all five of their locations located in Logan, Boone, and Kanawha counties.


Legislative Members

Mick Bates

Steve Westfall


Mick Bates

Mick Bates is a Physical Therapist and Small Business Owner/CEO of BODYWORKS and President of Praxis Corporation. Mr. Bates was born June 14, 1970 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.

Education - B.S., Curtin University of Technology in Physiotherapy, Perth, Australia; Certified Disability Management Specialist and Case Manager; Clinical Instructor WVU and Marshall University Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs.

Mr. Bates’ affiliations include Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, former Board of Directors and President; West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, former National Advisory Panel on Reimbursement Policy and Planning; Private Practice Physical Therapist Association; International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals; Raleigh County Board of Education Wellness and Safety Committees; 2004 Health Care Advisory Panel, West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Commission; 2005 Young Guns Award, West Virginia Executive Magazine; 2007 Generation Next Honoree, West Virginia State Journal; Founding member Robert C. Byrd Society; Lector and Member of Knight’s of Columbus, St. Francis de Dales Catholic Church; Former West Virginia School Board Member Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Mr. Bates was elected to serve on the WV House of Delegates in 2014. He serves as the Minority Vice Chair - Insurance on the House Banking & Insurance Committee; on the House Finance, Health and Human Resources, Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committees; and the Joint Standing Committee on Finance, Joint Committee on Health and Commission on Special Investigations Interim Committees.

Mr. Bates was elected to the Raleigh County Democratic Executive Committee in 2010.

Mr. Bates is married to wife Pamela Morgan with children Callan, Mikeal, Clare and Allison


Steve Westfall

Mr. Westfall is a State Farm Insurance Agent. Mr. Westfall was born in Gassaway, West Virginia.

Education - Braxton County High School, Glenville State College, B.A. in Education.

Mr. Westfall was elected to serve on the WV House of Delegates in 2012-2014. Mr. Westfall serves as Vice Chair - Insurance on the House Banking & Insurance Committee; Vice Chair of the Enrolled Bills Committee; on the House Finance, Health and Human Resources and Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committees; and as Chair of the Legislative Interim Committee and on the Joint Standing Committee on Finance and Joint Committee on Health Interim Committees.


Michael D. Riley, Acting Insurance Commissioner

Michael D. Riley was appointed West Virginia Insurance Commissioner July 1, 2011.  In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley serves on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs Committee.

As West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley is responsible for the regulation of the insurance market, as well as the protection of insurance consumers. Commissioner Riley’s work was instrumental in the transition of the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission from a state monopolistic system to a competitive private system. Commissioner Riley’s responsibilities include the administration of the “Legacy” workers’ compensation claims and employer compliance with West Virginia Workers’ Compensation laws. 

Before his appointment as West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley served under, then Insurance Commissioner, Jane Cline as the Assistant Commissioner of Regulation. Mr. Riley has served the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner since 2001. 
Mr. Riley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Marshall University. He currently resides in South Charleston, WV with his wife and two daughters.


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