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Oil, Gas and Music

Drew Donegan '08

Drew Donegan’s career has taken him from center stage to the corner office – all with a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack.

A member of the Class of 2008, Donegan arrived at Cal U with plans to study elementary education. He also had a passion for music and played guitar with a punk rock band.

He found he enjoyed promoting the group – so he switched his major to marketing.

“I applied what I learned in my business marketing courses to shape our branding and influence audience perceptions,” Donegan explains.

The college band broke up, but Donegan connected with Pittsburgh rockers Gene the Werewolf — a party rock band that models its music after ’70s and ’80s rock legends such as AC/DC and Aerosmith. He remembers performing in the Natali Student Center.

“The Cal U gig was one of our earliest shows. The band was practically brand new at that point. There was a camaraderie with my college friends getting to see our show, and spending the evening performing on campus was special.”

After graduation, Donegan looked for a career outside the music industry. One of his bandmates pointed him to a job researching titles, leases and land rights for the oil and gas industry. It was 2009, and the energy industry was booming.

“I went from having minimal knowledge of oil and gas to honing my skills and becoming a quasi-expert,” he says. “I still learn something new every day. It has been an interesting career path.”

Today, Donegan is president of BOP Abstract LLC, which handles project management, title work and other services for the oil and gas industry.

He manages a team of 75 employees, but even with an executive-level career, he hasn’t abandoned his first love – music.

Gene the Werewolf plays several regional shows and music festivals each year. Last year, the band performed in a classic Pittsburgh venue.

“We played in the parking lot of Heinz Field, with The Clarks, for 10,000 people,” Donegan says.

“I’m a huge football buff, so it was really fun to have an all-access pass to Heinz Field.”

By Kayla Kuntz, social media manager at Cal U

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