October 23, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 21
Dear PEI Member:
Distributor members are feeling fairly positive about business. According to a recent survey of U.S. distributors, PEI members are experiencing a good year, ranking 2013 a “6.3” with “5” being average and “10” being their best year ever. They expect 2014 to be about the same, giving next year a “6.2” on the same scale. As evidence for their upbeat attitude, members cited commercial equipment sales and installation, retail fuel market construction, equipment upgrades, service, and equipment and related services for emergency power.
Manufacturers, responding to the same survey, ranked 2013 a “7.4” and also expect 2014 to be more of the same. More than 30 percent of manufacturers responding to the survey cited new products and/or technological advances as the primary reason they are satisfied with business conditions today and optimistic about 2014.
Phil Farrell, president of Double Check Company, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, was elected to serve as the 64th president of PEI. On January 1, Farrell will succeed Terry Cooper, president of Acterra Group, Inc., headquartered in Marion, Iowa, in PEI’s top position. Farrell is currently serving as PEI vice president.
Kevin McKinney, president of McKinney Petroleum Equipment, Mobile, Alabama, was elected vice president for 2014. McKinney has just completed his term as treasurer of the association, and has previously served on the PEI Board of Directors representing District 5.
Eight people were installed as new PEI directors during the annual meeting in Atlanta. They are Susan Scott, J. W. Scott Service Station Equipment Company, Trenton, New Jersey (District 1); Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Tampa, Florida (District 3); Susan Maples, RBM Company, Knoxville, Tennessee (District 5); Jason Munson, Dockendorf Equipment Company, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (District 7); Ryan Rethmeier, Western Pump Incorporated, San Diego, California (District 9); Kendra Barzak, Hamilton Tanks, Columbus, Ohio (District 11); Dick Basham, IRPCO, Subsidiary of Lewis-Goetz and Company, Poca, West Virginia (District 13); and Ron Kingsbury, UST Services Corporation, Owings, Maryland (Service and Construction Division).
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The PEI board met twice during the convention. The board:
An organizational meeting of PEI members interested in forming a women’s networking group was held during the convention. There was a strong sense from the 64 women who participated in the meeting in favor of taking the next step and exploring a more formal program for women who work for PEI member companies. Further details will be provided in the next TulsaLetter.
The educational sessions and entire convention program planned by the 2013 PEI Education and Convention Committee were extremely well attended and received high marks. Presentations by the speakers, together with a final exhibitor list and floor plan, and a complete list of attendees (downloadable for PEI members only), are available from the PEI convention page.
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 all played a huge part in the overall success of our meeting in Atlanta. We appreciate your help.
LEAKED EPA PROPOSAL OUTLINES REDUCTIONS TO BIOFUEL MANDATES
After the proposal was leaked, EPA stated that proposed changes for the RFS in 2014 have not been finalized. The proposal is currently awaiting approval by the White House. In addition, the final proposal will be submitted for public comment so changes to the proposal are possible. It is therefore premature to assume that the rules in the leaked proposal will be the final rules for 2014.
In a related development, the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter last Thursday notifying EPA that it should prepare for a lawsuit if the final 2014 RFS is not released on time. By law, EPA is required to issue each year’s fuel standard by November 30 of the previous year.
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