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July 20, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 14

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Dear PEI Member:

The nominating elections for PEI Board of Directors seats in even-numbered districts and the Affiliate Division have been completed. A total of 15 individuals submitted their names as candidates this year. Six members who were either unopposed or received the required number of votes in the nominating election have been certified winners by the PEI Election Commission. In District 12, no candidate received the percentage of votes required to be elected, so a runoff will be held between the top two candidates.

Here are the election results, as certified by Kevin McKinney, McKinney Petroleum Equipment, Mobile, Alabama, chairman of the PEI Election Commission.

Distributor District 2: The new director is Wayne Henderson, Petroleum Specialties Inc., Kernersville, North Carolina. Henderson succeeds Ron Sledd Jr., Beneficial Systems, Jetersville, Virginia.

Distributor District 4: The new director is Tom Fassas, PetroTowery Inc., Richmond, Kentucky. Fassas succeeds Tiina McCombie, National Energy Equipment, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario.

Distributor District 6: The new director is Casey Kuppart, Mid-South Steel Products Inc., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Kuppart succeeds Mani Sundaram, Double Check Company Inc., Kansas City, Missouri.

Distributor District 8: The new director is John Keller, Petroleum Solutions Inc., San Antonio, Texas. Keller succeeds John Farrell, D&H United Fueling Solutions Inc., Schertz, Texas.

PEI Board Elections

RP300 Comment Period Opens

Pass-Through Tax Regulations Delayed



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Manufacturer District 10: The new director is James Ayers, Central Illinois Mfg. Co., Bement, Illinois. Ayers succeeds Greg McGee, PMP Corporation, Avon, Connecticut.

Manufacturer District 12: The candidates in the runoff election are Paola Bravo, S. Bravo Co., Commerce, California, and Frank De Poli, Elaflex Latin America, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ballots for the runoff election will be emailed to the District 12 official representatives July 31.

Affiliate Division: The new director is Liz Concannon, Petroleum Card Services, Minden, Nevada. Concannon succeeds Pat Vuchetich, Williams & Co. Consulting Inc., Kansas City, Missouri.

PEI greatly appreciates the dedication and commitment of all the members who submitted their names as candidates. New directors will be installed at the Oct. 9 membership meeting at the 2018 PEI Convention in Las Vegas.

PEI is seeking public comments on PEI/RP300: Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle Fueling Sites. The 54-page document was last revised and reorganized in 2009, a process that included the addition of an entirely new chapter on decommissioning Stage II vapor recovery piping. The 2009 edition was affirmed with no changes in 2014.

Although the installation of vapor recovery equipment has all but disappeared in most of the United States, this type of work is increasing in other countries. In recent days, PEI also has received several questions and comments about the proper procedures for decommissioning Stage II vapor recovery equipment. 

While the PEI Vapor Recovery Installation Committee is particularly interested in comments on decommissioning procedures, stakeholders are invited to comment on any section in the document.

To submit your suggestions for improving RP300, visit www.pei.org/rp300 and click the “Comment Now” button. Comments must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 20, to be considered for inclusion in the next edition.

Many PEI member companies are pass-through entities for income tax purposes. In these businesses—for example, subchapter S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs)—the owners pay tax on business income at their personal income tax rates.

Under Section 199A of last December’s federal tax reform legislation, pass-through entities are now entitled to deduct 20% of their “qualified business income,” a change that will dramatically lower many of these companies’ income taxes. This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it expects to publish the rules governing Section 199A by the end of July—one month later than originally promised.

Whenever the Section 199A rules are released, the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) will publish a primer to help pass-through businesses understand how to qualify for and take advantage of the new deduction. As a member of the SBLC, PEI will provide this document to our members as soon as it is released.

and EZ Fuel have consolidated their operations and are now doing business under the name Blue1 Energy Equipment.

Colorado’s Oil and Public Safety Division has hired Jerry Templin as manager of the Petroleum Storage Tank Program.

Husky Corp named two new sales managers. Anthony (Tony) Aumiller, East Coast sales manager, will be responsible for business development and customer relationships in eight states. Raymond (Ray) Dugan, regional sales manager for the Central Great Lakes and eastern Canada, will be responsible for nine states in the U.S. and four Canadian provinces. Both appointments are effective July 23.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced that Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will become president and CEO in October when Bob Dinneen steps down from that position to become senior strategic advisor. Dineen has served as president and CEO of RFA since 2001.

“Two men have been charged after hundreds of gallons of gas were stolen from a Marathon station in Detroit.
Police say Damon Blocker, 29, and Reginald Hollien, 34, both of Detroit, used some kind of remote device to hack into a pump. When the gas station clerk figured out what was happening, he tried to turn off the pump with a computer — but it wouldn't work. The workers eventually had to use an emergency shut off button to turn off every pump at the station… .”—www.fox2detroit.com, July 13, 2018
“On Wednesday, Walmart opened a new gas and convenience store in Plano, TX that it is calling a Walmart Fuel Station. The store is just shy of 3,000 square feet and offers numerous gas pumps and the food and beverage fare typical of a convenience store. Walmart plans to open up three similar stores in the parking lots of supercenters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the end of the year.”—Forbes, July 16, 2018
“A Lamborghini Huracan Performante was destroyed in a gas station fire in Kirkwood, Missouri, late last week as it was returning from the Goldrush Rally. The blaze was reportedly started when another car, a Chrysler minivan according to bystander video, drove off from a pump with the fuel hose still inserted, causing gasoline to spray on to the Huracan.”—Auto Week, July 10, 2018
“EPA funding would be kept essentially flat under a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that the House passed July 19 and that Senate appropriators hope to move in the coming weeks.”—Bloomberg Environment Reporter, July 19, 2018
“Shell said today that 3,000 of its branded stations across the United States have begun to accept embedded, in-dash fuel payments from customers filling up eligible GM vehicles. … More than 11,000 additional Shell stations across the U.S. will launch the in-dash payment program in the next month, the major said.”—Oil Express Alert, July 19, 2018

Ohio lighting company.
Venture Lighting International, 2451 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH, 44087, has applied for Affiliate Division membership. Julie Byrne is the director of sales operations for the company, which was established in 1983. Venture Lighting International is a manufacturer and supplier of energy efficient lighting materials, components, systems, fixtures and controls. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ryan Resch, U.S. Petroleum Equipment, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Michigan installation company. Beebe Pump & Tank Inc., 6668 Marathon Rd., Otter Lake, MI, 48464, has applied for Service and Construction Division membership. Russell Beebe is the president/owner of the firm, which was established in 2016. Beebe Pump & Tank Inc. is a family-owned petroleum equipment installation company. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America, Addison, Illinois.

Texas testing and repair company. Innovative Corrosion Control Inc. / Clean Earth Solutions, 1385 Wald Rd. New Braunfels, TX, 78132, has applied for Service and Construction Division membership. Gary Nix is vice president/co-owner of the company, which was established in 1994. The firm specializes in UST testing; line and leak detection; ATG certification; spill, overfill and containment sump testing; cathodic protection testing; and repair and installation. Sponsored for PEI membership by Buddy Reinhart, A & A Pump Co., San Antonio, Texas.

Qatar construction company. Al Shamal Steel Construction & Trading Co. W.L.L., Street No. 45, Gate No. 3, Salwa Industrial Area, Doha, Qatar, 40339, has applied for Service and Construction Division membership. W.D.A. Amarakantha is general manager for the firm, which was established in 2000. The company specializes in all types of installation and service work for fueling stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Vemula Alekha Prasad, Gas Equipment & Services Co. Qatar Ltd., Doha, Qatar.


  • Prevent-A-Spill, Huntington, Indiana (manf)
  • Top Tier-Center for Quality Assurance, Midland, Michigan (aff)
  • Fuel Installations Auckland Ltd., North Island, New Zealand (s&c)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Richard C. Long, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.