January 10, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 1

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Terry Cooper, president/COO of Acterra Group, Inc., headquartered in Marion, Iowa, became the 63rd president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute on January 1. He succeeds Joey Cheek, president of JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, Florida, in that post. Phil Farrell, president of Double Check Company, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is PEI's vice president for 2013.

One of Cooper's first duties was to appoint committees for 2013. In all, 229 people were named to serve on 23 PEI committees, with 23 individuals appointed to a committee for the first time.

Here is a partial list of members who have agreed to serve in 2013. The members of the 15 committees that are responsible for drafting and updating PEI's recommended practices will be published in the next TulsaLetter. We appreciate the willingness of all committee members to contribute their time and talent to serve the association and the industry.

Education/Convention Committee. This committee is responsible for planning seminars, surveys, industry manuals, convention sessions and other educational programs for PEI members. Additionally, the committee makes recommendations to the PEI Board of Directors and staff regarding the PEI Convention.
Charles Burns, Oscar W. Larson Co., Clarkston, MI (chair)
Steve Bernstein, Jones & Frank, Charlotte, NC
Doug Harmon, DRW Services, Inc., Chicago Heights, IL
Craig Hoyer, Kubat Equipment & Service Co., Denver, CO
Bud Moore, Paragon Solutions, Inc., Ft. Worth, TX
Jeanne Murphy Murck, Core Engineered Solutions, Inc., Herndon, VA
Robert Peavey, PumpTex Inc., Beaumont, TX
Don Petroni, Petroleum Marketing Equipment, Placentia, CA
Jody Porter, E.O. Habhegger Company, Inc., Yeadon, PA
Susan Scott, J. W. Scott Service Station Equipment, Trenton, NJ 

Terry Cooper 2013 PEI President

PEI Committees Appointed for 2013

PEI Members asked to Complete PEI Membership Survey

Topics for Future RPs Requested


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Election Commission. Supervises board elections and tabulates ballots. Members of this committee are established by the PEI Constitution.
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow Equipment Service, Inc., Riviera Beach, FL (chair)
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, FL

Executive Committee. Composed of the president, vice president, immediate past president and two members of the board of directors, this committee is established by the PEI Constitution and makes interim decisions on behalf of the board.
Terry Cooper, Acterra Group, Inc., Marion, IA (chair)
Phil Farrell, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, FL
Mike Hoffman, Mike Hoffman's Equipment Service, Mobile, AL
Brett Swan, Minnesota Petroleum Service, Minneapolis, MN

Insurance Committee. This committee monitors the association's insurance programs and legislation that impacts the insurance needs of PEI members.
J. Stephen Hieber, PWI, Inc., New Oxford, PA (chair)
Larry Gentry, W.G. Gentry Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN
John T. Hardin, Hardin's Pump & Compressor, Winston-Salem, NC
Fred W. Jones, Westech Fuel Equipment, Salt Lake City, UT
Mark A. Leak, Leak Petroleum Equipment, Inc., DeWitt, MI
William J. Mascott III, Mascott Equipment Company, Inc., Portland, OR

Recommended Practices Committee. This committee is responsible for evaluating topics suggested by the membership for development into a recommended practice. The committee includes chairs of each of the existing recommended practice committees.
Joey D. Batchelor, Guardian Fueling Technologies, Jacksonville, FL
B. J. Benton, United Pump and Controls, Inc., Suwanee, GA
Steve Bernstein, Jones & Frank, Charlotte, NC
Terry D. Cooper, Acterra Group, Marion, IA
Roy Creley, Lakes Region Environmental Contractors, Belmont, NH
Paul Doyle, Petroleum Marine Consultants, Wellington, FL
Leland M. Freeman, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., Victoria, TX
J. Stephen Hieber, PWI, Incorporated, New Oxford, PA
Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc., Austin, TX
Edward Kubinsky, Jr., Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Kirk N. Mercer, R. W. Mercer Company, Jackson, MI
Jim O'Day, O'Day Equipment, LLC, Fargo, ND
Philip J. Parker, Samson Corporation, Swannanoa, NC
Blair D. Shwedo, Sr., SouthEastern Petroleum Systems, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Sonny Underwood, Mid-South Steel Products, Inc., Cape Girardeau, MO

Safety Committee. Plans programs and publications (SafetyLetter, Safe Practices, Dos and Don'ts, safety posters, etc.) for use by members to enhance public and workplace safety.
Carl E. Bayliss II, B C & C, LLC, Winchester, VA (chair)
Robert Coker, Murphy Oil USA, El Dorado, AR
John Keller, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., San Antonio, TX
Matthew Kozeil, Oscar W. Larson Co., Clarkston, MI
Dan O'Day, O'Day Equipment LLC, Blaine, MN
Kurt Radermacher, Pump & Meter Service, Inc., Hopkins, MN
Derek Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Art Sodermark, Platinum Engineering & Safety Inc., Clermont, FL
Tim Thickstun, Advanced Fuel Systems, Inc., Columbus, OH

Strategic Long Range Planning Committee. Established by the PEI Constitution, this six-member committee is composed of the president, vice president, treasurer and three immediate past presidents. It develops long-range plans and objectives, and serves as an advisory group to the PEI Board of Directors.
Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, FL (chair)
Terry D. Cooper, Acterra Group, Inc., Marion, IA
Phil Farrell, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
Kevin McKinney, McKinney Petroleum Equipment, Mobile, AL
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow Equipment Service, Inc., Riviera Beach, FL

Young Executives Committee. This committee establishes and develops programming for PEI's Young Executives program.
Justin Regier, P.S.I. Equipment Sales, Inc., Fresno, CA (chair)
Greg Abrams, Performance Ink Inc., Columbia, SC
Chris Farrell, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
April Indest, Southern Tank Testers, Inc., Breaux Bridge, LA
Sherrie Keller, M & M Service Station Equipment Specialists Inc., Silver Grove, KY
John Patrick, RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc., Nebo, NC
Ryan Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Loren Semler, Semler Industries, Inc., Franklin Park, IL
Grenny Sutcliffe, Husky Corporation, Pacific, MO
Ian Thickstun, Advanced Fuel Systems Inc., Columbus, OH

PEI is committed to improving its programs, processes and practices. The best way we know to do that is to ask you how we are doing and solicit ways we can better serve the membership. Please take five minutes of your day to complete the annual Membership Survey. Your feedback is reviewed by the PEI staff, Strategic Long Range Planning Committee, the PEI Board of Directors and appropriate PEI committees. Good and/or bad, we want to hear from you. Thanks.

PEI is seeking to identify topics that might provide subject matter for future technical documents (recommended practices). Submitted ideas for recommended practices should meet all of the following requirements:

  • The subject matter involves practices and/or procedures used in the petroleum equipment industry and serves the greater good of the industry;
  • The topic has not been adequately covered in documents produced by other organizations; and
  • The expertise exists among PEI members to write the document.

If there is a topic you believe PEI should consider developing as a recommended practice, we would like to hear from you. If you previously submitted a topic that was not selected in the past, you must resubmit. Email Bob Young byoung@pei.org with your suggestions by February 7. Please include the purpose and scope of the proposed document, along with the intended audience. We will compile the responses and forward them to PEI's Recommended Practices Committee for its review and recommendations to the PEI Board of Directors.

Western Pump, Inc.
, headquartered in San Diego, California, has opened a second full-service branch office located at 15611 New Century Drive, Los Angeles, California 90248. Telephone: 310-327-1330.
Jones & Frank, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, has acquired the assets of Reliable Oil Equipment, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The integration of both companies will occur over the next several months. The addition of Reliable Oil Equipment to Jones & Frank will create a combined organization with 22 branch offices, 3 distribution centers and personnel in 20 states.

Save $200 when you register for the University of Industrial Distribution (UID) by Friday, January 11. PEI sponsors this premier education program with more than 25 other leading industrial distribution associations. The 2013 event will be March 10-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More than 30 different UID classes will cover advanced inventory control; improving productivity and profitability; sales and marketing strategies; and negotiation skills, among other crucial topics. You can choose the sessions of most importance to your business. For a complete brochure with pricing, course descriptions, hotel rates and other details, click here or visit www.univid.org

Some 476 drivers filled their gasoline tanks with diesel fuel December 26 at a Co-op gasoline station in Calgary, Alberta, after a fuel supplier for the station accidentally filled a regular gasoline storage tank with diesel fuel. Co-op became aware of the problem 26 hours after the diesel was dropped into its tank. The company said it will cover the cost of repairs, tow fees and rental car expenses.
ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 were sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who accused the oil companies of environmental violations at more than 560 gasoline stations in the state. Harris and seven county district attorneys filed a complaint January 2 in state court in Oakland seeking an order forcing the companies to comply with California's underground storage tank (UST) laws as well as unspecified civil penalties for violating the state's health and safety code. The complaint accuses the companies of improperly monitoring, inspecting and maintaining the USTs. The complaint also alleges the companies improperly handled hazardous waste and materials associated with the USTs.
A Cook County judge has fined Redevelopment Enterprises Inc. $386,000 for failing to remove underground petroleum storage tanks from a site after receiving a 2011 order from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal to do so. The former gasoline station in Chicago Heights has been closed since 2008. The three tanks are 37 years old.

Murphy Oil USA, Inc.
, El Dorado, Arkansas, has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to provide access to more than 200 new locations within its core market covering the Midwest and Southeast United States. The agreement gives Murphy Oil USA the opportunity to build more than 200 new fueling stations at existing Walmart supercenters. The construction project is expected to be completed over the next three years.
Kum & Go
, West Des Moines, Iowa, opened 43 stores in nine states last year, which is more than double its previous record of 21 new stores in 2009. The company plans to be just as aggressive during the next five years, according to president and CEO Kyle J. Krause.
Mutual Oil Co. Inc., Brockton, Massachusetts, has sold 19 gasoline stations and convenience store wholesale assets to several buyers including Alliance Energy LLC, various regional jobbers and individual stores owners. Mutual sold these assets in an effort to focus exclusively on its wholesale business.  
Lehigh Gas Partners LP, Allentown, Pennsylvania, has completed the acquisition of Express Lane Inc. of Lynn Haven, Florida, including Express Lane's 45 motor fuel sites in the Florida Panhandle region. Lehigh also completed the acquisition of 24 sites in the metropolitan area of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, from Dunmore Oil Co. Inc. and JoJo Oil Co. Inc. for $28.5 million. Dunmore Oil and JoJo Oil are related companies based in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.
7-Eleven Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, announced that it has acquired 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket retail locations from C. L. Thomas Inc., Victoria, Texas.
Conoil Plc plans to build 60 new retail outlets throughout Nigeria in 2013.

The State of Washington
law requiring electric car owners to pay an annual $100 fee in order to make up lost gasoline tax revenue will go into effect February 1, 2013.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012―passed by Congress on New Year's Day―includes a one-year extension of key renewable fuel tax credits such as the cellulose producer tax incentive, the accelerated depreciation for cellulosic fuels, the alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit and the biodiesel tax credit.

Hafer Equipment
, Reading, Pennsylvania, has promoted John Christman to service manager and Shelby Strauss to director of training and assistant service manager.
Ascentium Capital LLC, Warren, New Jersey, has hired two people to serve sales roles with the company. Scott Linton has been named national sales managerpetroleum and Ernie Roy is regional sales managerC Stores. Linton can be reached at 281-902-1962 and Roy at 281-902-1955.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced December 27 that she will resign her post as EPA chief. She is expected to step down after President Obama's State of the Union address. Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe is likely to head EPA in an acting capacity until the Senate approves a new permanent chief.

Hugh "Spike" Towey
passed away on December 26, 2012, at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 85. A 45-year veteran of the petroleum equipment industry, he served as president of Whitemarsh Corporation, Middlesex, New Jersey, until his retirement in 1998. He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou Towey, who died this past September. He is survived by his six children and 15 grandchildren.

Israel automatic refueling equipment manufacturer
. PetraTec International Ltd., 4th Ha'Harash Street, Nieveh Ne'eman, P. O. Box 830, Hod Hasharon, Israel 45240, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Tzachi Sadi is executive vice president, global sales for the company, which was established in 2005. PetraTec offers a variety of solutions for automatic refueling, vehicle identification, and fleet management for monitoring and controlling fuel. The equipment is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Crouse, OPW-FC, Hamilton, OH. www.gasngo.com

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