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Laurie Cunnington
"Looking ahead and planning for what’s next is a critical piece of growing the business”


Laurie Cunnington is a Partner with Cunnington and Cunnington, a consulting firm specializing in mid-size energy projects.  She is the CEO and co-founder of the Cunnington Foundation.  She is the former President of Ward Williston Oil Company, leading the firm into acquisition under her leadership.

She holds the following board positons:  Harvard University, JF Kennedy School of Government, Women’s leadership Board, Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Women of Tomorrow, and UN Women. She is a Trustee of Beaumont Health Systems.  She is a member of the Clinton Global Foundation and a member of Committee of 200 (C-200).  Former board member of Opportunity International and the executive committee of JAM, an African relief organization.  Former board member Oakland Family Services.

Her philanthropic work includes programs supporting education, mentoring, micro finance and relief work in the United States, as well as, developing countries. 

Honored by Ernst & Young with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  She received Top Women Owned Business Award by Diversity  She was honored as Women of the month by Women  She was the featured story in Oil & Gas Financial Journal, was honored by D Business, Powered by Detroit Women, chosen by the Wall Street Journal for their Female Leaders Network.  She received the Distinguished Women’s Award from Northwood University.  She serves as a Judge for the EY Winning Woman’s Program.  Under her leadership, her company was awarded Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company and the top 50 Woman owned business in North Dakota.

Laurie is a graduate of Wayne State University.


Tom Cunnington

“As an entrepreneur your business becomes more than just a job, it is your life, a driving force, your passion and your future.


Thomas W. Cunnington is a Partner with Cunnington and Cunnington, a consulting firm specializing in mid-size energy projects. 


Formerly Tom served as Chief Executive Officer of Ward Williston Oil Company and independent oil production and Service Company.  Mr. Cunnington has a vast experience in the oil industry. He has experience in setting up partnerships to drill

wells in North Dakota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.


As an entrepreneur, Mr. Cunnington has been involved in diversified investments in the oil exploration field, real estate and venture capital projects. As the CEO of Ward Williston, he successfully brought the Company from a relatively small service company to a position of leadership in the North Dakota oil industry. 


Previously, Mr. Cunnington started World Computer Corporation.  He was the founder and President of this national firm.   World Computer was the largest provider of “turnkey systems” for the credit union industry. He has since sold this company to a national conglomerate.


Mr. Cunnington served President George Bush as a member of his Presidential Transition Team.  He has been active in several political PACs including GOPAC and the Republican Eagles.  


Mr. Cunnington serves on the board of various organizations. He is a trustee of Detroit Country Day School and Kirk in The Hills Church.  He is a former chairman of National Multiple Sclerosis Society and a current board member.  He is a board member of JAM International, a relief organization working in Africa.  He is currently chairman of Faith Ventures, a foundation working to assist in feeding programs and establishing orphanages in Mozambique and Rwanda.


Mr. Cunnington graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts with a BS degree in Engineering, he completed his MBA with a major in Finance at Babson University, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Army as a Captain.


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