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January 5, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 1

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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 rlong@pei.org.

You can find a complete list of all 2018 committees and committee members here.

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.

The webinar, "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 live discussion.

All PEI 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

EMV Implementation White Paper

UID Early Bird Registration Deadline

Young Executives Conference Hotel Deadline

PEI Seeks Recommended Practice Topics



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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” transactions)
  • Additional Resources

Conexxus is a nonprofit technology organization serving the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Learn more and download the white paper from the Conexxus website.

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 www.pei.org/uid.
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 & Service Co.)
  • Blair Shwedo: 2009 PEI president (SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc.)
  • Sara Beck: past PEI board member (Meco Inc., Montgomery)
  • 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 C-stores.

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 at byoung@pei.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 Mountain region.
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 year.
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 engineer.

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 grandchildren.


  • Empire Petroleum Services, Bowmansville, New York (dist)
  • MetalWorks, Oakwood, Georgia (aff)
  • Impact Solutions Rep Group LLC, Valley Center, Kansas (aff)


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