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Sessions & Events

The PEI Convention features industry-specific education sessions, technical Q&A and networking events.   




8 - 8:30 a.m. 10-Groups Breakfast, Westin Peachtree Plaza

8:30 -10 a.m., 10-Groups General Session, Westin Peachtree Plaza

1:30 - 3 p.m., PEI Women Event, Westin Peachtree Plaza

3:30 - 6 p.m., PEI Young Executives Event, Westin Peachtree Plaza

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. PEI After-Hours Lounge, Westin Peachtree Plaza Bar



7:30 - 9 a.m. Kick-off Keynote & Breakfast, GWCC

9:15 - 10:15 a.m., Concurrent Education, GWCC


Latin American Session 1
Presented in Spanish

A BEND IN THE ROAD | View Presentation
Brian Beaulieu
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., LVCC, N228

This is a repeat session. See above for details.

Latin American Session 2 (View Full Latin American Program)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., LVCC, N212
Presented in Spanish


11:30 - 12:30 p.m.


Noon - 4 p.m. 

Noon - New Member & First-Time Attendee Welcome,Teresa Farmer, PEI Membership Manager
If 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 and more). Also learn how to maximize the value of your PEI membership with the association’s services and programs.

1 p.m. - Fueling Infrastructure & Isobutanol Compatibility, Mike Kass, Materials Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Kristi Moriarty, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Isobutanol is for sale in the market place. Bucee’s stations in Texas have been selling isobutanol blends for nearly two years. This is an emerging fuel in the marketplace produced by Butamax and Gevo. Listen in as researchers present background information on isobutanol as well as refueling equipment materials test results with isobutanol blends. The presenters welcome feedback from PEI members on materials testing.

1 p.m. - PEI Journal—Ideas & Insights, Kristen Wright, Editor-in-Chief, PEI Journal 
Have an idea for an article for the PEI Journal? Or feedback to share on how to make the Journal even better? Editor-in-Chief Kristen Wright will be on hand to welcome ideas and comments. She will also talk about how you can write a press release the media won’t ignore.

2 p.m. - Leading the Future Workforce, Mary Kelly, Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret) 
Are your managers as effective as you want them to be? Join us to learn three key points that will benefit every leader dealing with projects, deadlines, bosses and subordinates.

3 p.m. - Regulatory Q&A, Carolyn Hoskinson and Other EPA OUST Representatives
Following up from the morning’s session, take advantage of some extra time and Q&A with EPA OUST staffers.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Westgate, Lobby Bar



PEI Membership Breakfast & Meeting | Safety Panel: Building a Culture of Safety | Let's Talk Taxes, Shall We? | Future of DistributionIndustry Reception | 1-on-1 SessionsBack to Top

8:30 - 9:45 a.m., LVCC, N112

All PEI members are encouraged to attend the annual membership and complimentary breakfast meeting. PEI President Robert Peavey will address the group. PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long will provide his State of the Industry address. PEI officers for 2018 will be elected and new directors will be installed.Spanish translation will be available.

Blake Hess, The Oscar W. Larson Co., Buddy Bayliss, B C & C LLC, Stacy Irons, United Rentals Trench Safety, Derek Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., Art Sodermark, Platinum Engineering & Safety 
10 - 11:30 a.m. LVCC, N112

Buddy Bayliss

Derek Rethmeier

Art Sodermark



Just as your corporate culture includes and affects all employees, so should your safety culture. Leaders in safety management understand that having a strong safety culture leads to fewer at-risk behaviors, lower incident rates, lower costs and, believe it or not: HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY!

In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis; employees go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors, and intervene to correct them. Employees look out for and actively care for their co-workers.

So, how do you go from safety in the workplace and transform it into a staple of your workplace culture? Easier said than done?

Join our panel of professionals as they discuss ways to deal with management and employee assumptions and beliefs, attitudes, values, incorporation of policy and procedure, accountability, bottom-line pressures, action to correct unsafe behaviors, motivation and employee buy-in. Art Sodermark, President of Platinum Engineering & Safety and the author of the popular “Safe Practices” department in the PEI Journal, will moderate the session. Buddy Bayliss, Principal, B C & C LLC, Blake Hess, Director--EHS, The Oscar W. Larson Co., Stacy Irons, Region Product Development Management Safety, United Rentals Trench Safety and Derek Rethmeier, Director of Construction and Estimator, Western Pump, Inc., will round out the panel.

Bring your personal success stories as well as questions. Plenty of time will included for audience participation. Spanish translation will be available.


Taxes & Healthcare: Strategies for controlling These Two Significant Costs in 2018 (& Beyond)
Gene Marks, CPA
10 - 11:30 a.m. LVCC, N220

Whether you’re a financial person or not, this presentation is critical for your business. Why? Because taxes and health care costs represent the biggest expenses you face in your organization (and also personally). Minimizing these expenses will free up your capital to invest, hire and save--and ultimately do more with your business and in life. 

Taxes only cost you anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of your income so hey ... why bother understanding them, right? And there's healthcare costs, which are only rising. Of course you should bother! Yes, taxes and healthcare are boring. Accounting is boring. Numbers can be boring. But one thing that won't be boring is this presentation by Gene Marks. You can save yourself and your business lots and lots of money--and put that money into bigger and better things. 

Gene Marks, a certified public accountant, has for more than 12 years written regularly on business topics for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine and many others. He also writes weekly for the Guardian. Gene is the author of six best-selling books on business management and appears frequently on Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC and both SiriusXM and ABC News radio where he discusses the latest economic, political, management and tech trends business leaders need to know.

During Marks' lively and fast-paced presentation, you will learn the latest ways you can save money both individually and for your business. Relying on the latest news, rules, legislation and very dumb humor Gene will explain to you about tax rates, little-known deductions, important credits and even ways that the new tax law can help you attract and retain employees. He'll also cover the current state of the Affordable Care Act, benefits and drawbacks of various health plan options, and strategies businesses are implementing to control costs. He'll share examples, stories and specific ways this information will apply to you, so that you can leave this presentation with a list of ideas to bounce off your accountant.

So join Gene Marks for a little tax education. You'll save a lot of money.

Ian Heller, COO/President of Modern Distribution Management
10 - 11:30 a.m., LVCC, N228

What does the future hold for the distribution industry? How will Amazon Business and other digital disruptors apply artificial intelligence to drive ordering by voice, camera and the Internet of Things to take “tail spend” purchases away from traditional distributors? Ian Heller, president of Modern Distribution Management and former VP of Marketing for Grainger, HD Supply and other companies, will dive deep into this topic. Heller also will reveal how Amazon is using a different approach to managing cash so it can drive earnings at low gross margins. He’ll wrap up with recommendations about how distributors can fight back to build market share of their own.

Noon - 3 p.m., LVCC, N109-110 

Noon - 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.

Noon - Hot Trends & Issues: Finding & Keeping Talent, Gene Marks, CPA
One of the biggest challenges faced by businesses today is attracting and retaining great people. What innovative perks, benefits, technologies and best practices are smart business owners using to engage employees for the long run?

Noon - UL Standards Updates, Roland Riegel, Flammable Liquids Containment Products, UL, Bryan Michalik, Certification Engineering Manager, UL, & John Wade, Chairman, Gas & Oil Standards
A steady stream of changes is constant to the many UL & ULC Standards covering almost every product used in a fueling system to meet design and material improvements and regulatory changes. Step through UL Standards Development and Product Recertification processes, and hear updates on where standards and recertifications are in the timeline.

Noon - UL Standards Development & Compliance: Code Revisions & Standards for Fuel Piping| View Presentation
Recent advances have been in process to fill gaps in NFPA Codes and UL Standards to cover “modern” fuel piping for aboveground applications. Listen to an overview of proposed revisions to NFPA 30 Ch 27 for piping systems. A summary of the new UL/ULC 1369 Aboveground Fuel Pipe Standard will be provided, along with clarifications for UL2039 and ULC-S633 Connector Pipe ratings and the future of UL971, UL971A and ULC-S679 Underground Fuel Pipe.

1 p.m. - Future of Distribution Q&A, Ian Heller, COO/President, Modern Distribution Management
Ian Heller will cover the Future of Distribution in the morning session. What other questions or topics would you like to discuss? This is a great opportunity to connect with one of the distribution industry’s most influential thought leaders.

2 p.m. - PEI Women—Build Your Own Session!
We’ll draw topics from a fishbowl and gather around to talk shop. PEI Women Committee members will facilitate. This is a great chance to network and learn more about the industry from your peers.

2 p.m. - Safety Lessons Learned, Buddy Bayliss, B C & C LLC, Scott Boorse, PEI Director of Technical Programs & Industry Affairs, & Art Sodermark, Platinum Engineering & Safety, Inc.
Join the conversation as three safety enthusiasts share stories about lessons learned throughout their careers in the industry. Also share your own! Surviving the retail customer, confined space, PPE, challenging site owners ... this is a place to re-energize about your safety programs.

2 p.m. - Conversaciónes sobre equipos petroleros en América Latina—preguntas y respuestas, David Fiala
Una discusión informal entre los miembros del PEI sobre las mejores prácticas y tendencias en la industria de equipos de petróleo. Además, los participantes discutirán cómo el PEI puede crear recursos específicamente para la audiencia latinoamericana.

5:30 - 7 p.m., LVCC, N109 - N110

Join us at the PEI Industry Reception Tuesday night, October 9, immediately after the trade show closes. Your badge is your ticket to enjoy complimentary libations, hors d'oeuvres, live music and, most importantly, each others' company!


NACS Closing Session

8-9 a.m., Westgate, Paradise Event Center

PEI attendee registrants are invited.