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January 7, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 1

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Dear PEI Member:

Steve Trabilsy, president of Accurate Tank Technologies, North Aurora, Illinois, became the 66th president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute on January 1. He succeeds Kevin McKinney, president of McKinney Petroleum Equipment, Mobile, Alabama, in that post. Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat Equipment & Service, Denver, Colorado, is PEI’s vice president.

One of Trabilsy’s first duties was to appoint committees for 2016. In all, 180 people were named to serve on 24 PEI committees. As in years past, the number of qualified PEI members who asked to serve on a committee exceeded the number of open committee positions. Although we were not able to place all of our would-be volunteers on a committee in 2016, we want to acknowledge and thank all of those who offered their services.    

You can find a complete list of all committees and committee members here.

PEI is seeking to identify topics that might provide subject matter for future recommended practices. Suggestions submitted for a recommended practice should meet all of the following criteria:

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

If there is a topic you believe PEI should consider developing as a recommended practice, we would like to hear from you. If you have submitted a topic that was not selected in the past, you must resubmit. Email Bob Young byoung@pei.org with your suggestions by January 28. 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.

Trabilsy 66th PEI President

2016 PEI Committees Appointed

RP Topics Sought

PEI RPs to Be Revised

Burns Named President of O. W. Larson


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The closing date for comments to PEI’s Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (PEI/RP100-11) and Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities (PEI/RP1200-12) is Friday, January 29. Go to either www.pei.org/rp100 or www.pei.org/rp1200 and click Comment Now.

Charlie Burns
of The Oscar W. Larson Co., headquartered in Clarkston, Michigan, was promoted to president of the company January 1. Burns began with the company in 1989 and served as vice president for the past 13 years. He has taken over the duties of Bruce Larson who will remain active with the company as CEO. Bruce began working full time at The Oscar W. Larson Co. in 1971.
Tanknology Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, has named Ted Abeyta vice president, western division. Abeyta, a retail petroleum veteran, will oversee operations and business development in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. 

Petroleum Marketing Equipment (PME), a dba of ACT Equipment Sales, Inc., has opened a new branch office in Tempe, Arizona. This is PME’s first branch outside California, and its second branch opening in the past nine months. The 5,600 square foot site is located at 7307 South Harl Avenue in Tempe.

The University of Innovative Distribution (UID) has extended yesterday’s early-bird registration deadline for the 2016 conference, which will be held March 6-9 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. You may now save $200 per person if you register by close of business next Monday, January 11. To make the event even more affordable, PEI also is offering $600 scholarships to PEI members who attend. UID is composed of more than 40 separate classes designed specifically for distribution professionals. Attendees select the courses that best meet their needs. PEI staff will host a special “PEI Members Only” dinner during this year's conference. Learn more, select your classes and register here.


  • EGAVAL EU, Bogata, Colombia (dis)
  • PetroMar Technologies, Inc., Exton, PA (aff)
  • Malive Sdn Bhd, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (S&C)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.