PEI Connect: List of Mentors

Much of the learning that contributes to a person’s success happens not through books, but through real-world experience, typically a trial and error process. Choosing to become a mentee and learning from someone else's experiences has the potential to create significant relationships that can shape your future, improve your understanding of the industry and just be fun! Even industry veterans can benefit.

Listed below are all the mentors who have volunteered to participate in PEI Connect. Each mentor has provided the information for their profile, including areas of specialties, and PEI has posted their unaltered online profiles.

If a particular mentor is accepting applications, a link will appear below his or her profile. You will be prompted for your PEI Member login and directed to the application form. If no link is present, the mentor is not currently accepting new applications.

Please only submit your application for one mentor.

David Dodson

Sheetz, Inc
Altoona, PA
Environmental compliance and risk management expertise for petroleum C-store operators. Extensive experience in UST system technology and federal/state regulatory compliance including UST system design,installation and equipment, inspections, maintenance, repairs, modifications and upgrades . Additional expertise and experience in petroleum contamination remediation, Phase I/II environmental due diligence, storm water management, Hazmat management, fuel quality and specifications and NPDES discharge requirements and permitting.
Specialties:
  • Product Technology
  • Service
Environmental compliance and risk management for petroleum C-store operators.


Al Eichorn

PMP Corporation
Willington, CT
I have worked with US and international distributors, OEM's and C-stores and oil companies. Our products were sold though a network of manufactures representatives and direct in some cases. I was member of the PEI Board six times. I also developed all marketing materials, built and maintained the company website. I also coordinated all aspects of our trade shows exhibits and attended shows in the US, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
Specialties:
  • Accounting
  • Career Planning
  • Communications Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Technology
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Personal Development
  • Sales


James Ether

R.M. Dalrymple Co. Inc.
Saratoga Springs, New York
I started in this industry in 1992 working for a manufacturer's rep agency in Upstate New York. There I learned the basics of the petroleum equipment world and also got to attend my first PEI convention in Salt Lake City. In 1996 I took a position with Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) which was one of the manufacturers we were representing. That position was as APT's Field Product Support manager and afforded me a fantastic opportunity to travel across the United States and Canada as well as a host of international assignments. I received a lot of experience dealing with PEI distributors as well as end users.
In 2001 I was offered the opportunity to work for our local APT distributor, the R.M. Dalrymple Company. At the time APT was being purchased by Franklin Electric and being merged along with EBW and FE Petro to form the new Franklin Fueling Systems. International travel was changing in light of the events of September 11 so I took the chance and went to work for RMD.
In the 15 years since that date I have used my industry experience to be a positive influence on the track of our company. We have grown tremendously both within the footprint of existing business as well as adding new customer opportunities. I love the distribution side of our industry and am very proud to be a member of the PEI family.
This year I turn 50 and will have spent almost half of my life in this specialized business we all share in. Just as others have assisted to help me develop through the years I am very much looking forward to helping others develop on their journey as a working member of the PEI!
Specialties:
  • Career Planning
  • Construction
  • Product Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Office Management
  • Personal Development
  • Purchasing
  • Regulatory and Code Matters
  • Sales
  • Service


Larry R Gregory

Gregory Consulting
Snoqualmie, WA
Larry Gregory was a retail fuel system engineer and designer for Mobil and then ExxonMobil for 38 years. Responsible for fuel system designs, equipment specifications and detailed training programs in the USA and all other counties where ExxonMobil marketed. Developed programs to evaluate the relative risk of stores, size tanks properly and address many more fuel system issues. Administered programs that significantly reduced the number of service station leaks through programs to invest and divest locations. Analyzed every reported release or fire incident to identify opportunities. Served on many industry committees like NFPA 30, the PEI Vapor Recovery committee and numerous API workgroups. Since retiring from ExxonMobil I have been a consultant to several organizations and attorneys concerning releases, fires and ethanol.
Specialties:
  • Construction
  • Product Technology
  • Purchasing
  • Regulatory and Code Matters
service station fuel system
Tank Sizing
Risk evaluations
release and fire events


Jim Howard

Speedway LLC
Edison, NJ
I have spent the last 30 years in the petroleum industry: 11 in Operations and the last 19 in Maintenance; UST Compliance; and Construction. I serve on 3 PEI Committees; several API Groups or Committees; and the ICC Exam Development Committee for Operator Training.
Specialties:
  • Construction
  • Government Relations
  • Regulatory and Code Matters
  • Service


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