Industrial Engineering – 1966
R. D. Cash was born on June 27, 1942, in Shamrock and raised in McLean, Texas. He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1966.
Mr. Cash began his career in and around petroleum engineering and is one of the country’s major industrial leaders, heading a fully integrated natural gas company, Questar Corporation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
After graduation, Mr. Cash began work with Amoco Production Company. In 1976, he joined Mountain Fuel Supply Company as Vice President of Exploration and Drilling, and later became President of Wexpro Company, a wholly– owned subsidiary. In 1984, Questar Corporation was formed, and Mr. Cash was named Chief Executive Officer and President. The following year, he was named Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Cash is also Chairman of the Board of all Questar subsidiaries. Some of the names of these subsidiaries demonstrate the range and depth of the company’s operations: Mountain Fuel Supply Company; Questar Pipeline Company; Celsius Energy Company; Universal Resources Corporation; Questar Development Corporation; Questar Service Corporation; Questar Telecom, Inc.; Interstate Land Corporation; Questar TransColorado, Inc.; URC Canyon Creek Compression Company; and Questar Synfuels Corporation.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association; the Gas Research Institute; the Independent Petroleum Association of America; the Pacific Coast Gas Association; and the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association. A community leader as well, he is on the boards of Zions Bancorporation and Zions First National Bank and is Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee for Southern Utah University and a director of the Utah Coalition of Child Advocates.
By appointment of the Secretary of Energy, Mr. Cash serves on the National Petroleum Council. He also is a trustee of the Institute of Gas Technology. In 1990, Cash was honored as one of the charter members of the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Academy. He has been listed among the Corporate Elite in Business Week and highlighted in the leadership profile series of Delta’s Sky magazine.
Mr. Cash, his wife, Kay, and their son, Clay, reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Cash has said that the important decisions in life concern who you marry, what profession you choose, who you work for, or who trains you, and the early development of your values and principles. He feels fortunate in all these areas.
Texas Tech also is fortunate to have participated in the professional education of R.D. Cash and is privileged to designate him as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.