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Fuel Oil News May 2016

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www.fueloilnews.com | FUEL OIL NEWS | MAY 2016 21 MICHAEL HOPSICKER, president of Ray Murray Inc., took on the role of president of the New York Propane Gas Association at the group's Spring Meeting, held at The Desmond in Albany, N.Y., March 28-29. Ray Murray Inc. is headquartered in Lee, Mass., but it has operations in New York State. Hopsicker succeeds Rick Cummings of Mulhern Gas Co. in Hudson, N.Y. Attendees numbered 207, a robust figure, reported Shane Sweet, executive and technical director of the NYPGA. Online marketing was the subject of a pre- sentation by Ben Gutkin, vice president, marketing services for Warm Thoughts Communications, a marketing company based in Clifton, N.J., and jurisdictional propane accounts were the subject of a talk by Ed Anderson of LP-Gas Training & Consulting, Keene, N.H., that drew an attentive audience, Sweet said. Before that, Roger Rosenbaum of Brand News Team, Rhinebeck, N.Y., piloted a drone around the conference room at The Desmond, and played a promotional video that he had produced, using a camera mounted on the drone, for Mulhern Gas in Hudson, N.Y. Greg Burns, director of channel devel- opment for Renew Financial, based in Allentown, Pa., explained how the com- pany, through a public/private partnership, helps homeowners and contractors in New York State by providing fixed, low-interest loans for projects including emergency HVAC replacements and comprehensive home efficiency retrofits. Burns offered the example of a home- owner in need of financing for an $8,000 heating equipment installation, a sum that Burns said fell into a financing "twilight zone" between $1,000 and $25,000—"too big for a credit card, too small for a home equity loan." The public/private partner- ship between Renew Financial and the State of New York, called ReHome New York, targets that range of financing so that consumers can pay for such improve- ments, which in turn helps support local contractors, Burns said. For more on ReHome New York, visit the website rehomenewyork.com. Renew Financial has similar private/ public partnerships in other states as well. For more information visit the website renewfinancial.com. Charlie Ory, chairman of the National Propane Gas Association, said in a speech that the NPGA had scored legislative victories. "We're proudest of PERC's enhance- ment act, which allows us to get back to promoting consumer education through PERC," Ory told Fuel Oil News in a phone interview a few days after the after the meeting. PERC is the Propane Education & Research Council, based in Washington, D.C. Further, "in a temporary transportation bill we got a permanent decrease on the motor fuel excise tax so that now propane RICK CUMMINGS of Mulhern Gas Co. in Hudson, N.Y., shown at the podium, concluded his term as president of the New York Propane Gas Association. The new president of the association is Michael Hopsicker, presi- dent of Ray Murray Inc. in Lee, Mass., with operations in New York State and elsewhere. PHOTO BY STEPHEN BENNETT NYPGA SPRING MEETING Installation of a new president, financing opportunities for contractors and a drone demonstration marked the New York group's gathering BY STEPHEN BENNETT

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