October 14, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 20
|Dear PEI Member:
Joey Cheek, president of JMP Solutions, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, was elected earlier this month at PEI's annual convention in Chicago to serve as the association's 62nd president. On January 1, Cheek will succeed Dennis Rethmeier, president of Western Pump, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, in PEI's top elected position. Cheek is currently serving as PEI vice president.
Replacing Cheek as vice president will be Terry Cooper, president of Acterra Group, Inc., headquartered in Marion, Iowa. Cooper has just completed his term as treasurer of the association, and has previously served on the board representing Distributor District 6. Phil Farrell, president of Double Check Company, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, was appointed treasurer of the association by the PEI Board of Directors.
Eight new members were installed as members of the association's board of directors during the Chicago convention. They are James Ether, R. M. Dalrymple Co., Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY (District 1); Joey Batchelor, Guardian Fueling Technologies, Jacksonville, FL (District 3); Mike Hoffman, Mike Hoffman's Equipment Service, Mobile, AL (District 5); Bret Swan, Minnesota Petroleum Service, Inc., Minneapolis, MN (District 7); John Moore, Banks & Co., Fresno, CA (District 9); Bret Carlyle, Hamilton Tanks, Columbus, OH (District 11); Joey Arn, Petroleum Containment Inc., Jacksonville, FL (District 13); and Chris Lawson, McCon Building and Petroleum Services, Inc., Irving, TX (Service & Construction Division).
The educational sessions and entire convention program planned by the 2011
PEI Education and Convention Committee were well attended and received high
marks. Slides and handouts provided for the sessions by the speakers are available
on the PEI convention page, together with a final exhibitor list and
floorplan, and a complete list of attendees (downloadable for PEI members
only). And if you haven't already responded to our brief convention survey,
you can find that there as well. We want your opinion about the convention.
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The PEI Board of Directors met twice in Chicago and primarily concerned themselves with housekeeping matters that couldn't wait until the midyear meeting in April. The board did approve two new conferences―one on commercial, automotive and industrial fluid handling equipment and another on electric vehicle charging equipment. Both conferences are tentatively slated for 2012. We hope to announce more details about those by the end of the year.
A sincere thanks to all of you who volunteered to help us put on this convention. The 10-Group chairmen, education and convention committee members, Find Red volunteers, PEI Priority Club members, and session presenters and leaders all played a huge part in the overall success of our meeting in Chicago. We couldn't do it without you.
RENEWABLE FUEL FLEXIBILITY ACT INTRODUCED
This is the first legislative effort of the year to modify the RFS that guarantees biofuels a share of the motor fuel market, set at 12.6 billion gallons this year and 15 billion gallons in 2015. This year, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop will be converted into ethanol, and 37.4 percent will be used in livestock and poultry feed. Goodlatte and Costa represent districts with large livestock operations.
While there is little time left in the legislative calendar to enact the Renewable Fuel Flexibility Act this year, some people we talked with at the PEI Convention in Chicago thought it was a real possibility that changes could be made to the RFS within the next few years.
UST COMPONENT COMPATIBILITY LIBRARY
DELOITTE: SLOW ADOPTION OF ELECTRIC CARS
Most people do not want to pay more to go green. The survey showed that more than 50 percent of all global customers are unwilling to pay any kind of price premium for an electric vehicle, and among U.S. respondents that figure rose to 65 percent.
The survey also revealed that high fuel prices are a powerful factor in motivating people to buy an electric vehicle. In the US, more than half (53 percent) said a price point of $4 per gallon for gasoline would make them more likely to buy or lease an electric vehicle.
Deloitte polled more than 13,000 consumers in 17 countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
GM PLANS ALL-ELECTRIC CAR
EMCO WHEATON APPOINTS EAST COAST ASSOCIATES
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