January 7, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 1
Dear PEI Member:
Bill Mascott, president of Mascott Equipment Co., Portland, Oregon, became the 70th president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute Jan. 1. He succeeds Charlie Burns, president of Oscar W. Larson Co., Clarkston, Michigan. Steve Dixon, president of P.B Hoidale Co., Wichita, Kansas, is the 2020 PEI vice president. Ron Sledd, president of Beneficial Systems, Jetersville, Virginia, continues as PEI treasurer.
In his first action as president, Mascott appointed 226 individuals to serve on 25 PEI committees. As in recent years, the number of qualified PEI members who applied for committee positions this year exceeded the number of open slots. PEI appreciates all who offered their time and talent to the association.
If you are interested in serving on a PEI committee in 2021, email your committee preferences and a summary of your qualifications to PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find a complete list of 2020 PEI committee members here.
DATA BREACH AND VISA WARNING
The data breach included cardholder names, card numbers and expiration dates for transactions from March 4 to Dec. 12, 2019. PINs, credit card security codes and driver’s license information used to verify age-restricted purchases were not affected.
Interestingly, a month before the Wawa announcement, a Visa security alert described new, sophisticated schemes by which criminal enterprises are infiltrating merchant networks to harvest data from fuel dispenser point-of-sale (POS) systems. The warning noted:
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“The targeting of fuel dispenser merchants is the result of the slower migration to chip technology on many terminals, which makes these merchants an attractive target for criminal threat actors attempting to compromise POS systems for magnetic stripe payment card data. … Card skimming at fuel pumps remains a pervasive and increasing threat for fuel dispenser merchants. However, these recent, more technically-advanced threat campaigns targeting fuel dispenser merchant POS systems mark a concerning trend that will likely continue. Many fuel dispenser merchants are currently updating their systems to accept and process more secure transactions, such as upgrading to devices that support chip. However, as long as the magnetic stripe readers are in place, fuel dispenser merchants are becoming an increasingly attractive target for advanced threat actors with an interest in compromising merchant networks to obtain this payment card data.”
CROSS-INDUSTRY COMPENSATION SURVEY
Official representatives of U.S. and Canadian PEI distributor and service & construction members will receive an email link to the survey questionnaire from the independent research firm Industry Insights on Friday, Jan. 10.
Survey data will be housed on Industry Insight’s secure server to ensure confidentiality. PEI staff, officers and directors will not have access to the data. The Cross-Industry Compensation Survey will provide benefit and compensation statistics for common job positions including: executives; administrative, sales, operations and warehouse personnel; drivers/delivery staff; and freight managers.
Each survey participant will receive:
PEI encourages all eligible members to complete the survey. The greater the participation, the more meaningful the results will be. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROAD USE FEES
An in-vehicle transponder will track the miles, and vehicle owners will pay applicable fees through automatic credit card drafts.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES JAN. 12
In addition to early-bird savings, PEI is offering $600 scholarships to the first 30 PEI members who register. PEI also will host a special “PEI Members Only” dinner during the conference, providing extra time to network with your petroleum equipment industry colleagues. To learn more, download the program flyer and register, click here.
Cooper’s decades of community involvement included service as board chairman of the Marion United Way and co-founder of the Marion Economic Development Company (MEDCO).
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara; a daughter Tammy (Randy) Danover; sons, Terry (Terri Lyn), Tad (Suzi) and Tony (Donna); sisters, Sherill (Ronald) Bowers, Bonnie (Steve) Stolte, and Charlotte Elam; sister-in-law Nancy Cooper; and 12 grandchildren. Memorial donations may be given to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital or the Cottage Grove Foundation.
Editor’s Note: My wife Patti and I enjoyed sitting by Bernie and Barb at the 2019 PEI President’s Priority Dinner in Atlanta. Although Bernie told lots of fun industry “war stories” that night, his biggest smiles came when he talked about his family.
Larry Kovarik died Jan. 1. Kovarik and Steve Sulland co-founded Grand Forks, North Dakota-based Valley Petroleum Equipment in 1984. Kovarik remained active in the business until his 2005 retirement.
Survivors include: children, Shelly (Jerry) Yohe, Sheri (Eric) Anderson and Jared Kovarik; siblings, Dennis (Marlene) Kovarik, Kathy (Jim) Drevecky, Marge Bina, Stan Kovarik and JoAnn Bylin; and five grandchildren.
Tuthill Corp. appointed Steven Westfall CEO and president. Westfall began his Tuthill career in 2013 and had been president of Tuthill Transfer Systems since February 2018. He has an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in finance and business management from Pittsburg State University.
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