Dear PEI Member:
The PEI Convention in Atlanta was probably the best convention the
association has sponsored since we combined tradeshows with NACS in 2002.
Here are the highlights.
Bruce F. Larson, president of The Oscar W. Larson Co.,
headquartered in Clarkston, Michigan, was elected to serve as the 58th
president of PEI. On January 1, Larson will succeed Calvin Bishop,
president of D & H Pump Service, Inc., El Paso, Texas, in PEI's top elected
position. Larson is currently serving as PEI vice president.
Blair D. Shwedo, president of SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc.
(SEPS), Charlotte, North Carolina, was elected vice president for 2008.
Shwedo has just completed his term as treasurer of the association, and has
previously served on the PEI Board of Directors representing Distributor
District 3. He is also current chairman of the Electrical Continuity Testing
Committee. Peter H. Ward, president of Glasgow Equipment Service,
Inc., Riviera Beach, Florida, was appointed treasurer of the association by
the PEI Board of Directors.
Eight people were installed as new directors on the PEI board
during the annual meeting in Atlanta. They are Bernie LeBlanc, Petroservice,
St. John, New Brunswick (District 1); J. Donald Wood, Don Wood, Inc.,
Orlando, Florida (District 3); Susan Maples, RBM Company, Knoxville,
Tennessee (District 5); Duane Grippe, O'Day Equipment, LLC, Fargo, North
Dakota (District 7); Bob J. Hill, Franzen-Hill Corporation, Tulare,
California (District 9); Jeanne Murphy Murck, Core Engineered Solutions,
Inc., Herndon, Virginia (District 11); Richard L. Basham, IRPCO, LLC, Poca,
West Virginia (District 13); and Steven N. Hamilton, Hamilton Service Co., L.L.C.,
Basehor, Kansas (Service and Construction Division).
Numerous changes to the PEI Constitution and Bylaws were approved
at the General Membership Meeting. Many of the amendments were editorial in
nature, some corrected errors in the document, and a few provided
substantive changes. The substantive changes included:
- A new membership division for service and construction companies.
Members of the new Service and Construction Division will have one
representative on the PEI Board of Directors. Current members of the
Affiliate Division will be given the opportunity to transfer their
membership to the Service and Construction Division in March 2008.
- Members of the distributor, manufacturer, affiliate, and service and
construction divisions are eligible to vote for distributor members to
hold the office of PEI president and vice president.
- Representatives from regulatory agencies and trade associations
affiliated with the industry are permitted to serve on PEI committees,
provided the PEI president and committee chairman approve.
- Applications for membership to PEI must be accompanied by first-year
PEI Convention in Atlanta
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The PEI board met twice during the convention. Items discussed by the
officers and directors in Atlanta included:
The majority of the distributor members we
talked with at the convention told us business has been very good. Sales and profits are on
course to meet or even exceed 2006 levels. Relatively low interest rates
help. Both service and construction are
strong. Weak points include areas where
the impact of the auto industry downturn have been felt (i.e., most of
Michigan) and new car wash equipment. Generally speaking, members are
heading into 2008 with a pretty good head of steam.
- Staff progress on web-based competency tests based on each of PEI's six recommended
practices. The tests should be available in April. Three more recommended practices are scheduled for publication
in 2008, complete with online tests.
- Establishing a committee to explore offering scholarships to students.
- Investigating the development of additional recommended practices. PEI
staff will seek consultants and prepare budgets for the board to consider
in March on the following subjects:
- Preparing Fuel Storage and Dispensing Systems for Ethanol Blends and Biodiesel
- Electrical Continuity Testing of Transport Vehicle Drop Hose
- Installation of On-Water Marina Fueling Systems
- Installation of Fixed Base Operator Aviation Fueling Systems
2008 DIRECTORY UPDATE
The initial steps for producing the 2008 edition of the Petroleum Equipment
Directory have been taken. Last week all member companies were sent listing
proofs via e-mail. Updates or additions can be made through
the PEI web site at this time– members not utilizing the online tools
will receive a fax form next month to submit changes.
Members who edit their listing online will notice a
couple of new features:
- Enhanced Security— only your primary contact (aka
official representative) or web administrator can make changes to your
- Keywords— these do not show up in the printed
Directory, but help web site visitors find your listing.
- Individual Roster— all individuals who appear in
your company profile will receive member benefits and services. But only
those you select will appear in your Directory listing, up to a maximum of
Log in to our web site and choose Company Profile
from the member menu for more details. The 2008 Directory will be mailed to
all PEI members in early February 2008.
BP's U.S. convenience retail unit announced last week that it will sell
all of its 700 company-owned and company-operated convenience stores. The
majority of the sites will be sold to franchisees, while some will be sold
to dealers and large jobbers. The sale of the convenience stores will be
completed over the next two years. BP currently has 13,000 U.S.
retail sites. The sale will eliminate 9,500 convenience store positions and
350 business support staff. The U.S. convenience retail office in
Naperville, Illinois, will close.
Enterprises, the company that markets Shell-branded gasoline in the eastern United States,
has sold its interest in 54 sites in the greater Philadelphia and southern
New Jersey areas to Bronson Oil Holdings for an undisclosed amount. The
stations will remain Shell-branded under a Motiva wholesale supply agreement
with ARFA Enterprises, a New Jersey-based wholesaler that has owners in
common with Bronson.
The Automotive Lift Institute, Cortland, New York, announced that
Gary Kennon of Rotary Lift/Dover Ind. Co., Madison, Indiana, will serve the
organization for another year as past chairman of the board.
CARB ISSUES GASOLINE DISPENSING HOSE PERMEATION STUDY
During September and October of 2004, the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) conducted tests to determine the fuel permeation rates of gasoline
dispensing facility vapor recovery hoses used in California. CARB staff made
the results of its study available in 2005. Since then, CARB staff has
re-evaluated the data and found that the previous conclusions drawn by CARB
staff about vapor recovery hose permeation rates underestimated actual
permeation rates due to misinterpretation of the data. CARB issued a
paper October 29 on its new findings entitled GDF Hose Permeation Study
Review that is available at
Raymond Franklin "Frank" Grizzell passed away in his home in Lexington,
Kentucky, on November 8, four days shy of his 81st birthday. Frank was the
founder and former owner of Kentucky Petroleum Equipment, Inc., of
Lexington. He also served as president of PEI in 1984. A graduate of the
University of Georgia, he served with the 11th Airborne Parachute Infantry
Division in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He spent his entire
working career in the petroleum equipment industry. He is survived by his
wife of 55 years, Edna (Eddie); four daughters and their husbands; two
grandsons; and two sisters.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- DeanHouston, Inc., Cincinnati, OH (aff)
- DJS Consulting, Inc., The Center for Compliance Focus, Boca Raton, FL