Dear PEI Member:
Robert Peavey, president of PumpTex
Inc., Beaumont, Texas, became the 68th president of the Petroleum Equipment
Institute on Jan. 1. He succeeds Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat Equipment &
Service Co., Denver. Charlie Burns, president of Oscar W. Larson Co.,
Clarkston, Michigan, is PEI’s 2018 vice president.
One of Peavey’s first actions was the appointment of 182
individuals to serve on 25 PEI committees in 2018. This includes 14 members
who have not served previously on a PEI committee. As has been true in
recent years, the number of qualified PEI members who applied to serve
exceeded the number of open committee positions. Although we were not able
to place every volunteer, we thank all who offered their services.
If you are
interested in serving on a PEI committee in 2019, email your committee
preferences and a brief summary of your qualifications to PEI Executive Vice
President Rick Long at
You can find
a complete list of all 2018 committees and committee members
REFORM WEBINAR, TUESDAY, JAN. 9
The nearly 700-page tax reform bill signed into law by
President Trump on Dec. 22 will mean significant changes for businesses and
individuals alike. To help members better understand what the key
provisions will mean, PEI is sponsoring a free, one-hour webinar on the
legislation Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. CST.
"Understanding the New Tax Bill – How Will It Impact Small Business?,"
is presented in cooperation with the Washington, D.C.-based Small Business
Legislative Council (SBLC), a broad-based coalition of trade and
professional associations, including PEI.
Presenters are Paula Calimafde and Jessica Summers. Calimafde, president and
general counsel of the SBLC, is a veteran Capitol Hill observer and tax
lawyer. Summers is a Washington, D.C. attorney who also serves as the SBLC’s
strategic policy director. During the webinar, Calimafde and Summers will
discuss the impact of tax reform on small businesses and their owners, as
well as additional tax-related “corrective actions” Congress could take in
2018. Registered attendees may submit questions in advance and during the
members are invited to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.
Participation in the webinar is free, but
advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a
confirmation email with additional instructions for joining the webinar.
Free Tax Reform Webinar
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UID Early Bird Registration Deadline
Young Executives Conference Hotel Deadline
PEI Seeks Recommended Practice Topics
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CONEXXUS RELEASES EMV MIGRATION WHITE
Conexxus released a free, 22-page
white paper to assist U.S. convenience and petroleum retailers migrating to
EMV credit card processing.
“Resources and Guidance for EMV Implementation in a C-Store Environment” is organized into seven primary sections:
- EMV Basics
- Up Front Decisions
- Cardholder Data Considerations
- Testing and Certification of an Implementation
- Ongoing Considerations (including chargebacks)
- Other Considerations (including “card not present”
- Additional Resources
Conexxus is a
nonprofit technology organization serving the convenience and fuel retailing
industry. Learn more and download the white paper from the
CONFERENCE DEADLINES APPROACH
Early bird registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 10 for the
2018 University of Innovative Distribution (UID), March 11-14 at the JW
Marriott in Indianapolis. UID is the premier educational conference for
professionals in the wholesale distribution industry. In addition to the
$100 early bird discounts, PEI is offering $600 scholarships to the first 30
members who register, making the net rate only $495 for those who register
by Jan. 10. View the full menu of UID courses and register at
PEI’s deeply discounted hotel rate for the
2018 PEI Young Executives Winter Conference expires at noon on
Monday, Jan. 8. The conference will be Feb. 7-9 at the luxurious
Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. PEI’s negotiated room rate is $279 per night.
After the deadline, room reservations at the Hermitage will start at $449.
In addition to roundtable discussions and two presentations by keynote
speaker Garrison Wynn, the conference will include a panel discussion
featuring five distinguished PEI leaders:
- Robert Peavey: 2018 PEI president (PumpTex Inc.)
- Craig Hoyer: 2017 PEI president (Kubat Equipment &
- Blair Shwedo: 2009 PEI president (SouthEastern
Petroleum Systems Inc.)
- Sara Beck: past PEI board member (Meco Inc.,
- Brad Baker: past PEI board and YE member (Husky Corp.)
Register and book your room now.
GPM Investments LLC signed an agreement Dec. 27
to acquire 273 E-Z Mart convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma,
Louisiana and Arkansas. With the acquisition, GPM will operate or supply
fuel to 1,400 retail locations in 22 states.
Sampson-Bladen Oil Co. is purchasing six Tank & Tummy
locations for $5.63 million. The acquired locations will be rebranded as
Han-Dee Hugo convenience stores. North Carolina-based Sampson-Bladen
operates more than 80 Han-Dee Hugo stores.
Alta Convenience Stores purchased eight Kwik Stop convenience
stores in Colorado.
Alta is a division of Denver-based Pester Marketing, which owns more than 60
FUTURE RECOMMENDED PRACTICES REQUESTED
PEI is seeking topics for future
recommended practices. Suggestions for a recommended practice should meet the following criteria:
- The subject matter involves practices and/or
procedures used in the fuel and fluid handling equipment industry and
would serve the greater good of the industry;
- The topic has not been covered adequately in documents
produced by other organizations;
- PEI members have the expertise to write the document.
If you have a
topic you would like for PEI to consider, email your suggestion to Bob Young
firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1. Submissions should include the purpose and
scope of the proposed recommended practice, along with the document’s
intended audience. PEI’s Recommended Practices Committee will review all
submissions and make recommendations to the PEI Board of Directors.
“Bolivia announced a plan this week to implement an ethanol blend mandate
for gasoline in 2018. The mandate would begin at a 10 percent blend and
increase as the industry increases production capacity in Bolivia.”—Ethanol
Producer Magazine, Dec. 29, 2017
“Z Energy (New Zealand) is trialling a ‘Fastlane’ at selected service
stations where registered customers can fuel up without leaving their
vehicle. The trial uses a Z app with customer details added to include
the number plate, fuel preference and payment details. Cameras recognise the
number plate and payment is processed to the credit card registered to the
customer’s account, Z Energy says on its website.”—autotalk.co.nz,
Dec. 30, 2017
“Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating
RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. … RenovaBio aims to increase
the use of all biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane, in
Brazil with the aim of increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse
gas emissions.”—Ethanol Producer Magazine, Jan. 2, 2018
“After announcing the implementation of its zero-emission vehicle
mandate, which will start in 2019, China now has also agreed to extend its
electric car rebate until the end of the decade. … The rebate is worth
10% of the value of electric and plug-in vehicles, which can be worth up to
$10,000. There were talks about the government discontinuing the program
earlier this year.”—Electrek, Dec. 27, 2017
“China is suspending the production of more than 500 car models and model
versions that do not meet its fuel economy standards, several automakers
confirmed Tuesday, the latest move by Beijing to reduce emissions in the
world’s largest auto market and take the lead in battling climate change.”—New
York Times, Jan. 2, 2018
National Carwash Systems (NCS) announced a
strategic partnership with Hi-Performance Wash Systems (HPWS). HPWS will
distribute NCS-branded products, including MacNeil and Ryko car wash
systems, CleanTouch Service and CleanTouch cleaning fluids, in the Rocky
Performance Ink Inc. named Mike Long and Associates the winner
of its 2017 sales award, given to the rep firm with the highest gross sales
for the year. The company also gave Eastern States Associates its
2017 growth award, signifying the largest sales increase percentage for the
Petroleum Containment, Inc. appointed Caliber Professional Sales
Services to represent the company in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana,
Arkansas and New Mexico.
Power Integrity Corp. appointed Advantage Petroleum Service Inc. as
its manufacturer’s representative for the petroleum market in Colorado,
Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and northern New Mexico.
Pump and Meter Service announced the following management changes:
Kurt Radermacher is the new president of the company, succeeding Joe
Radermacher, who will remain CEO. Bob Harrington was promoted to service
manager, following the retirement of Don Kruschke after 31 years in that
role. Also, Travis Rittenbach was named sales manager, Kevin Mann was
promoted to assistant service manager and Ryan Smith was promoted to
assistant construction manager.
Seneca Companies appointed Kyle Sedore as an account manager for its
Automotive & Commercial Equipment division. Sedore will focus on Iowa’s
heavy-duty lift market, as well as eastern Iowa’s light lift, automotive and
commercial equipment markets.
Tanknology Inc. named Chris Bouldin marketing manager. Bouldin will
oversee marketing activities in a variety of areas, supporting domestic and
international sales efforts.
Total Control Systems (TCS) appointed Steve Evans production manager.
For the past 15 years, Evans has been a TCS product manager and sales
James “Jim” Donald McCary Sr. died Dec. 21 at 82.
McCary began his 50-year career in the petroleum equipment industry with
Gulf Oil Co. In 1983, he launched McCary Petroleum Equipment, a distributor
based in Mobile, Alabama. Ten years later, he sold the company to Cruzen
Equipment, where he worked until his retirement in 2003. McCary is survived
by his wife of 62 years, three children, five grandchildren and three great
- Empire Petroleum Services, Bowmansville, New York
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