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Fuel Oil News - June 2016

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24 JUNE 2016 | FUEL OIL NEWS | www.fueloilnews.com BUSINESS OPERATIONS NEWS NYPGA & NJPGA & PGANE SUMMER MEETING The propane gas associations of New York, New Jersey and New England have teamed up for a Summer Meeting June 22-24 at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y. Attendees will get to enjoy informative and lively meetings, delicious food, beauti- ful views of Lake George, maybe a spa treatment or two, hiking in the Adirondack State Park and shopping at the local outlet stores in town. On Wednesday, June 22, registration opens at 9 a.m.; stop by before the seminars to pick up your badge and goodie bag. Seminars will start at 10 a.m. Joint committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. and go until 2:30 p.m. Committee meetings are open, so anyone can sit in during discussions. At 3 p.m. there will be a presentation by Stuart Weidie, chairman of NPGA. The open Board meetings will start at 4 p.m. Each association will have its own board meeting. The reception and dinner will be held at The Sagamore Resort. The reception will start at 6 p.m. and dinner will immediately follow. Thursday, June 23, is networking day, with some informational seminars. There will be golf at The Sagamore Resort, a motorcycle ride (put together by Propane Angels), a boat ride on the Sagamore Resort's 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel, a reception and clam bake dinner at 6 p.m. at The Sagamore Resort. The Bike Ride will benefit the Fred Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. All registration proceeds and additional dona- tions will benefit this fund. Full registration information and other details can be found at www.pgane.org. Registration is $259 per person. MARK STRAKA NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR BASE ENGINEERING USA CORP.; DAMON BOYER AS SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE BASE Engineering named Mark Straka the company's new vice president for BASE Engineering USA Corp. Straka will be respon- sible for U.S. sales and operations, and will be a key player in BASE's global expansion. "I'm excited to join the BASE team and for the opportunity to contribute to our industry- leading legacy, applying best technology to new applications and markets," Straka said. With more than 23 years in the industry, Straka is recognized as an industry expert in measurement, mobile technology, automation and system integration, and has experience working in both the manufacturing and distribution sectors. He has worked with industry leaders such as Liquid Controls, as northeast regional manager, and FMC Technologies as a market- ing manager. In these roles, Straka serviced the refined petroleum, aviation, LPG and Industrial markets and gained experience with product and business development, channel management, and sales and marketing management. I n o t h e r n e w s , B A S E E n g i n e e r i n g announced the hiring of Damon Boyer as senior sales executive, truck mobility solu- tions. Boyer brings over 15 years' experience to the position. His expertise, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of enterprise management software and comprehensive knowledge of mobile software and hardware, specifically for the oil and gas Industry, make for a great fit with BASE's expanding truck automation platform. RAY LANDRY JOINS SCULLY SIGNAL COMPANY AS CANADIAN SALES MANAGER Scully announced that Raymond Landry has been appointed Canadian sales manager. Landry has over twenty years of experience in sales and territory management. He annually improved sales and margins while developing new markets. He also comes with extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industries. Landry previously worked at Emco Wheaton (a Gardner Denver Company), as a territory sales manager- Eastern Canada. While at Emco Wheaton, Landry was in charge of fluid transfer systems sales in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, in Ontario. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES NOT ADDRESSING SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS, WELLS FARGO SURVEY REPORTS A majority of small business owners say the issues most important to them are not being addressed in the presidential campaign, and business owner optimism remains in a holding pattern, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted April 4-8. The quarterly survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners, jumped last quarter after posting declines for three consecutive quarters. In the latest results, the overall Index score saw a slight decline—from 67 in January to 64 in April, the same level as one year ago. Small business owners' estimates of cash flow, which had improved last quarter, have now settled back to levels typical of the last two quarters of 2015. The other measures that make up the overall Index score—which include financial situation, company revenue, capital spending, hiring and ease of obtaining credit—had minor changes in the second quarter survey compared with first quarter results. "During this presidential election year, the latest Wells Fargo/ Gallup Small Business Index shows the outlook of business own- ers has not changed significantly in the last year, both in their current situation and future outlook," said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo's head of small business. "While small business optimism over the past year has been higher than at any point since 2008, many business owners remain cautious about today's economy and the year ahead." Mark Straka Damon Boyer

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