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Fuel Oil News - March 2017

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4 MARCH 2017 | FUEL OIL NEWS | www.fueloilnews.com DATELINE BREAKING NEWS ence registrations, branded e-blasts and exhibitor booths. "We are honored to be able to support the Eastern Energy Expo in 2017," Bruce Bott, president of ADD Systems, said. "This event is a great place to showcase our products and services, to meet old friends and to remain in lockstep with the needs of our clients and the industry." Conference organizers are planning for more than 4,000 attendees. There will be more than 250 exhibits as well as a full schedule of technical and business sessions. Learn more at easternenergyexpo.com BOB RENKES TO RETIRE FROM PEI; RICK LONG NAMED HIS SUCCESSOR The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) board of directors has named Rick Long executive vice president and general counsel of the organization, effective June 1, 2017. Long will replace Bob Renkes, the cur- rent executive vice president and general counsel, who will retire from PEI on May 31, 2017, after 38 years with the association. "PEI is fortunate to be able to main- tain continuity in only the second leadership transition in the association's 65-year history. We are pleased that Rick Long will be taking over as execu- tive vice president and general counsel when Bob Renkes leaves PEI," said Steve Trabilsy, president of PEI. "Rick brings a great deal of experience to the job and has been a strong leader throughout his time at PEI." Long has served as PEI's general man- ager since 2009. He also is editor-in-chief of the PEI Journal and associate general counsel of the association. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Long earned a bach- elor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law, both with honors. Prior to joining PEI, he practiced corporate law and founded a strategic communications firm that provided customized marketing, man- agement and technical resources to market-leading corporations, associa- tions and small businesses. " I ' m d e e p l y h o n o r e d t o f o l l o w Howard Upton and Bob Renkes as the third executive vice president and general counsel in PEI's exceptional history," Long said. "Thanks to our dedicated officers, directors, volunteer leaders and staff, PEI has built a record of exceptional service to our members and lasting con- tributions to the industry. In the days ahead, I am confident that we will expand on that record, even as the world in which PEI members operate continues to evolve." PEI is composed of more than 1,600 companies engaged in manufacturing and distributing equipment used in the fuel and fluid handling industry. Members are located in 50 states and 81 countries. PEI is the leading authority and source of information for the fuel and fluid han- dling equipment and services industry. The association is committed to pro- moting the value of distributor services and improving the business relation- ships and practices of its members. PEI is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla. For more information visit www.pei.org. PROPANE COUNCIL CEO WILLIS TO RETIRE Roy Willis, who has led the staff of the Propane Education & Research Council since March 1998, announced that he is retiring on July 31. "Roy has led the PERC staff and has been an industry leader for nearly 20 years," PERC Chairman Tom Van Buren said in a statement. "He guided PERC through its start-up phase, acquired and championed modernizing the indus- try's workforce training program, built an award-winning advertising campaign, transformed PERC during the restric- tion into a propane commercialization organization, and most recently after the restriction re-integrated consumer educa- tion into the Council's strategy. "The selection of a CEO for a national organization of PERC's size, revenue, and diverse mission warrants the serious consideration and due diligence that the committee will bring," Van Buren said. "The first step will be to select a search firm to assist in evaluating candidates. The search will be open to qualified per- sons from our industry, including current PERC staff, and qualified persons from outside the industry. The next person has a solid foundation to build from with a great staff, and we will do our best in choosing the next CEO." l F O N CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH 2017 The Work Truck Show March 14–17 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. Website: worktruckshow.com or call 800-441-6832 New York Propane Gas Association Spring Conference & Annual Meeting March 28-29 Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany, N.Y. Website: nypropane.com or call 518-383-3823 APRIL 2017 National Propane Gas Association Southeastern Convention and International Propane Expo April 21-23 Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn. Website: npgaexpo.com or call 202-466-7200 MAY 2017 ADD Systems 2017 User Conference May 16–19 Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Website: www.addsys.com Eastern Energy Expo May 21-25 Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, Pa. Website: www.easternenergyexpo.com

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