August 16, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 17
|Dear PEI Member:
Join us this year, October 1-4, in Chicago as members explore new ways to fine-tune their businesses by taking advantage of educational workshops, numerous networking opportunities, an exciting exposition with more than 585 booths catering to the retail motor fuel equipment industry and interacting with the best equipment manufacturers, distributors and contractors in the world. All of this can be found at the PEI Convention at the NACS Show. Join your peers in Chicago at the one event your business cannot afford to miss by registering today.
Here are a few noteworthy items and updates on this year's Convention:
Educational sessions. The PEI workshops will provide a balanced program of industry-specific topics and business management sessions. Here are the titles of what you will hear at the 2011 PEI Convention:
Click here for more detailed descriptions of the sessions.
ICC exams at the convention. The International Code Council (ICC) will offer its UST/AST exams, as well as state-specific UST System Operator exams, October 2-3 in the PEI meeting area at McCormick Place in Chicago. The ICC exams are used to meet mandatory requirements―in whole or in part―of several states. They also are used as a voluntary credential in states where there is not yet a mandatory UST or AST licensing requirement. Space is limited to 60 candidates per seating. Walk-in registration for testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, as space allows. For more information about the exams to be administered in Chicago, including reference materials, fees and content, click here.
Exposition. The number of PEI members exhibiting as of August 15 in the Petroleum and Technology Show Floor Categories at McCormick Place has already exceeded the number we had at our 2010 convention in Atlanta. The same is true with the total amount of booth space taken by those members. A few booths are still available at this writing. Contact Bob Young firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in exhibiting. A list of exhibitors and a floor plan is available online.
Registration. You can still save $100 per registrant and avoid hassles by registering for the PEI Convention now. Full registration through PEI entitles you to attend all PEI Convention functions and the exposition, plus any NACS educational session, including the Closing General Session featuring Tom Brokaw. Go to the registration page for rates, options and to register now. PEI members can download the most current pre-registration list of attendees from the Members Only page.
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Housing. You can still book rooms for the convention through the show's official housing company, although your first choice of hotel may not be available. Overall, availability is limited, so we have listed all hotels with rooms from the NACS and PEI blocks. Book your room online or by calling 800-262-9974 or 404-842-0000. Do not contact the hotel directly. Official NACS Show hotels will not honor direct reservations. You must book through the official housing company. If you have already booked your room but your plans have changed since you made your reservation, you have until August 30 to change and/or cancel to receive your deposit. Substitutions are permitted any time, but changes in arrival/departure dates are based on availability. After August 30, your deposit is forfeited and your card is charged a one-night room and tax penalty. If you do not see your preferred hotel available online, you can ask to be put on a waitlist. The housing company will work on your behalf to obtain the room(s) at your preferred hotel.
Find Red. We can still use a little help in greeting and assisting convention-goers in finding their way to PEI events and sessions at McCormick Place. Find Red volunteers contribute anywhere from 1 to 2 hours during the middle days of the convention (October 2-3). It's a great way to help PEI and meet people. Contact Carletta Denison at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Here is a list of the really swell, fun-loving members who have already signed up to help:
PEI One on One. This is a new feature at the Chicago convention. Located in an area right next to PEI registration, PEI One on One will provide a space where PEI members can gather for casual discussions with one another and with industry and association experts. Be sure to swing by and join in the conversation. More information will be available about what and who you will find there as the convention nears.
The task force commissioned to review price posting at the gas pump―prompted by the growth in loyalty and other retailer discount programs―continues its work. It is possible, but not yet certain, that some sort of proposal may be presented on the topic at NCWM's January 2012 interim meeting, with a final vote for adoption possible in July 2012.
Another closely followed issue related to remanufactured equipment. A proposal introduced in 2010 had the potential to require that any replaced component would have to meet all applicable codes in effect at the time of the replacement―rather than the codes in effect at the time the original component was put into service. After testimony by several interested parties, Handbook 44, which contains the regulations recommended by NCWM for retail measurement of liquid products, was modified to make clear that replaced components must only meet the codes in place at the time the original component was placed into service. As a practical matter, this means that remanufacturers will not have to go through a costly and time-consuming NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) certification process on these parts.
ALTERNATIVE FUEL BRIEFS
PETROLEUM MARKETING NOTES
CHEVRON PUERTO RICO: $5.2 MILLION TO SETTLE UST VIOLATIONS
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