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PEI CONVENTION SESSIONS & SPEAKERS

TUESDAY  |  WEDNESDAY  |  THURSDAY  

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

10-GROUPS GENERAL SESSION: INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP
Dan Lier
8:30 -10:00 a.m., Westin
Research indicates that companies grow to the level of their leadership. Dan Lier, best-selling author and adjunct professor at Fort Hays State University School of Business and Entrepreneurship—and two-time National Championship college basketball player—will deliver three strategies that you can implement immediately to increase your influence and improve your organization’s productivity.
Communication: Understand and adapt to the personality styles in your company; Recognize motivating and de-motivating tendencies; Adopt language patterns to get the best results from your team
Psychology: Align with the psychology and beliefs of a great leader; Implement a small change that will make a big difference
Attitude: Start from the top: YOU!; Maintain an upbeat outlook; Develop a positive culture and work environment
If you are not a PEI 10-Groups member and would like to attend this session, you are welcome to participate. Simply email registrations@pei.org or call 918-236-3967 to RSVP.

PEI WOMEN: HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH EVERYONE WHO ISN'T YOU
Denise Ryan 
1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Westin
Life would be so easy if everyone you interacted with was just like you. They would understand your cryptic email messages, forgive your bizarre text messages and understand why you unfriended them on Facebook. There would be no hard feelings, no conflict and, clearly, world peace. Unfortunately, no one else is exactly like you, and to succeed in life and business, you have to work with the crazy, the angry, the silly and, yes, even the smarter and more articulate. In this session, Denise Ryan, an award-winning keynote speaker, will teach you about barriers to communication and how you can remove them. You’ll find out how different a large portion of the world really is and how to get along with them. People won’t stop being crazy, but this session will help you stay sane.

PEI YOUNG EXECUTIVES: CREATING EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Dan Lier 
3:30 - 6:00 p.m., Westin
It’s easy to walk tall and create results when things are going well. What happens when things aren’t going so well… personally or professionally? Dan Lier—who has more than 18 years of experience working with top performers— will share proven strategies to create results during challenging times and turn stagnant results into positive momentum and excitement.
Managing Your Mindset: Develop references for success; Implement one strategy to build momentum now; You control your own actions
Separate Yourself From the Competition: Your attitude = your brand; Shape value proposition and gain market share
Consistency: How most people set themselves up to lose; How to set yourself up to win; The psychology of creating success habits 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
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KICKOFF BREAKFAST & KEYNOTE
ONE TEAM. ONE MISSION
Rob 'Waldo' Waldman, Lt. Col. (Ret.) 
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., GWCC
Flying solo? You might think so. But take a look around. You have staff, managers and suppliers. And you have colleagues, consultants and significant others. By building trust in your partners, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change and succeed. When you have wingmen, there is no mission you cannot complete! 
Through captivating stories, business lessons and real-world video, Waldman will take you on an unforgettable journey of high performance and excellence in extremely competitive and demanding environments.
KEY TAKEAWAYS INCLUDE HOW TO:
• Promote open communication, integrity and trust
• Leverage preparation to build confidence
• Develop a collaborative culture of teamwork and mutual support
• Lead with courage, conviction and compassion
• Transform relationships into revenue 
• Convert fear into action

AGING UST SYSTEMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Therron K. Blatter, MS, PG, Manager of Underground Storage Tank Branch, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Tara Rosie, Principal Scientist, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Greg Travis, Berkley Environmental
Robert Winterborn, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Moderator: Rick Long, Executive Vice President, PEI
9:15 - 10:15 a.m., GWCC 
How to meet the UST Financial Responsibility (FR) requirements is a question everyone is asking. Private insurance? State funds? Other options? Listen in to hear what insurers are doing and what their different business cases are. Also hear what two state regulators have to say about the challenges, and how and why they are responding in their distinctly different approaches. Enjoy time for discussion and Q&A.

DRUG TESTING TODAY’S  WORKFORCE
Colin Woods, Vice President, Sales & External Operations, DISA Global Solutions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., GWCC
Join Woods to hear about current challenges with the opioid epidemic, CBD oil and new marijuana laws sprouting up every day. In this session, we’ll address current drug testing challenges, the cost of drug abuse, and steps to take to build and implement an effective drug and alcohol testing policy, including the differences between drug testing methodologies, why reasonable suspicion training is essential, and how to craft a medical disclosure policy that protects you from legal drug abuse.

SUCCESSION PLANNING: DOING IT RIGHT
Sara B. Stern, Founder, Family Business Minnesota
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., GWCC
Successful transitions in family business are vital to the future of the company and the legacy you’re trying to build. the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) helps leaders, owners and family members share one vision and one language about the future of the business. Based on solid academic research and real-world experience, this process helps owners get clear about the legacy they’re trying to build, the ownership structure that supports that legacy, and how to maximize opportunity and minimize risk for the business and family.

ECONOMIC UPDATE
Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., GWCC
Brian Beaulieu, CEO of the ITR Economics and chief economist for Vistage International, a global organization comprised of more than 14,000 CEOs, will cover a wide variety of topics, including short- and long-term global economic forecasts, regional economic updates, an outlook on inflation, and the relationship of political events and economic growth. He will detail what economic indicators executives should follow and provides proven strategies for leveraging economic forecasts at  the company level. He will discuss the upside opportunities and risks ahead for the econo-my and the potential impact on PEI members. Both sessions present the same material.

THE FUTURE OF FUELING: MOBILE, ELECTRIC, INFRASTRUCTURE & THE CONVENIENCE ECONOMY
Michael Buhr, CEO, Filld
Phillip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., GWCC
Join this riveting session to hear perspectives on the future of fueling in the increasingly convenience-oriented economy. Michael Buhr, CEO of Filld, will discuss where Filld stands in the mobile fueling marketplace. What are the regulatory issues they face? How do they intersect with the consumer? Philip Sheehy, technical director at ICF, will share his insights on EVs, ride sharing and other trends on the vehicle side of the industry. Perhaps you’ll learn of new threats—and opportunities. 

WEDNESDAY PEI 1-ON-1 SESSIONS
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., GWCC, Maple Point 
Sessions to come.
12:00 p.m. New Member & First-Time Attendee Welcome, Teresa Farmer, PEI Membership
If you are you are a new PEI member or this is your first time at the convention, join us here to start your adventure! Learn more about how to get the most out of the show (tips on the PEI convention app, networking opportunities and more). Also learn how to maximize the value of your PEI membership with the association’s services and programs.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

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PEI MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST & MEETING 
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., GWCC
All PEI members are encouraged to attend the annual membership and complimentary breakfast meeting. PEI President Charlie Burns will address the group. PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long will provide his State of the Industry address. PEI officers for 2019 will be elected and new directors will be installed. 

SAFETY FOCUS ON FOUR: CONFINED SPACE, LOCKOUT/TAGOUT, DISTRACTED DRIVING & BARRICADING YOUR WORK ZONE
Buddy Bayliss, President, BC&C LLC 
Joel Feldman, Esq, MS, Founder, End Distracted Driving
Blake Hess, Director, EHS, The Oscar W. Larson Co. 
Tim Thickstun, Advanced Fuel Systems Inc.
Moderator: Scott Boorse, Director of Technical Programs & Industry Affairs, PEI
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., GWCC 
The PEI Safety Committee identified four key safety topics to cover this year. Bayliss will discuss barricading work zones. Hess will present best practices in confined spaces. Feldman will address distracted driving. And Thickstun will cover lockout/tagout.

Buddy Bayliss

Blake Hess

Buddy Bayliss
Joel Feldman  Tim Thickstun

Spanish translation will be available.

MEETING FUEL COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: UL, EPA & PEI PERSPECTIVES
RYAN HAERER, EPA, Release Preventative Division and
ROLAND RIEGEL, PDE, Flammable Liquids Containment Products, UL 
with
PAOLA BRAVO, President & CEO, S. Bravo System Inc. 
JASON CARR, Principal, Fuel System Engineering, Stantec
DAVE PIERCEY, JD2 Environmental Inc.
Loren Swalheim, Director, Global Technical Services, Franklin Fueling Systems
Fuel formulations are always changing. Compatibility issues continue to arise. What’s next for you and your customers? This session will provide practical ideas and a live demonstration of a simple, new UL tool that identifies the correct standards for the most common fueling system components, and the correct fuel ratings for compatibility compliance for different fuel types and blends.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AMAZON BUSINESS & THE FUTURE OF DISTRIBUTION
Ian Heller, COO/President of Modern Distribution Management
Ian Heller10:00 - 11:30 a.m., GWCC
Digital disruptors are invading the wholesale distribution industry. Amazon Business is leading the charge with cutting-edge technology skills, the world’s largest marketplace and a vast, state-of-the-art logistics network. How will it wield these capabilities, what can we predict about its strategy and how should distributors respond? Ian Heller will address these topics in this session and take your questions.

TUESDAY PEI 1-ON-1 SESSIONS
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., GWCC, Maple Point 
12:00 p.m. Meet the Incoming PEI President
Join us in welcoming the incoming PEI president. Bring your questions or ideas, and if you would like to get involved in one of PEI’s committees, this is a great opportunity to voice your interest.
Other sessions to come.

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