- Legislative Breakfast in Frankfort, KY (January 24, 2018)
- M-PACT – our annual trade show in conjunction with IL, IN, and OH (March 13-15, 2018) – Members and Non-Members
- KPMA’s Day at the Races at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY ( April 18, 2018) – Members Only
- PMAA Day on the Hill – May 16-18, 2018
- KPMA Road Trip – June 6, 2018 – Members Only
- KPMA Fall Board Meeting, Reception, & Golf Classic (September 10 & 11, 2018 – Members Only
- KPMA’s 5th Annual Tank & Technical Conference in Lexington, KY (November 8, 2018) This conference has also been a sell out every year and qualifies for annual DCM Renewal Requirement thanks to our partnership with the KY Underground Storage Tank Branch.
KPMA Hosts Annual Legislative Breakfast
With the legislative session in full swing, KPMA hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, January 24, in the Capitol Annex Cafeteria in Frankfort. Terrific support was shown by KPMA members in attendance. Member companies represented at the breakfast included: Altria Group Distribution Company, Bob Riley Distributors, Inc., Cumberland Lake Shell, Hardy Oil Company, Harper Oil Products, Inc., Midwest Terminal, Key Oil, Marathon, Red Hed Oil Company, Rocket Oil Company, Shield Environmental Associates, Valor Oil, and Woodford Oil Company.
KPMA Hosts Fourth Tank & Technical Conference
Now in its fourth year, the KPMA Tank & Technical Conference was held in Lexington, KY on November 2 with a record number of attendees. More than 150 petroleum marketers, consultants, suppliers, fuel retailers and tank owners and operators from across the Commonwealth gathered to hear industry experts and state regulators present on a variety of topics.
Morning session speakers included John Austin of presenting sponsor Modern Welding who presented “Tanks 101” and Ed Kubinsky of CROMPCO who spoke on test spill containment, overfill equipment, and sump water disposal. The luncheon keynote, sponsored by Marathon Petroleum, was delivered by Carolyn Hoskinson, Executive Director of the EPA’s national Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). Hoskinson addressed new Federal tank regulations and implementation.
In the afternoon attendees heard from John Olko of the New Jersey DEP who spoke leak detection methods. The conference closed out with its signature Q&A panel discussion with state regulators, including Kris Fink of KY’s Underground Storage Tank Branch, Brian Osterman, of the Field Operations Branch for Kentucky, and Michael Burke and Randy Johnson, of the Office of the Kentucky Fire Marshal.
KPMA would like to thank our presenting sponsor Modern Welding for their support again this year at the Tank & Technical Conference.
Additionally, KPMA would like to thank Marathon Petroleum for serving as the Lunch sponsor and the Refreshment Sponsor, SESCO Group.
KPMA Celebrates it’s 90th Anniversary
In 1926, Kentucky’s “oil men” recognized the need to form their own association and promote businesslike competition among friendly marketers. The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association was established and setup headquarters in room 437 at the Brown Hotel in Downtown Louisville. KPMA remained at the Brown Hotel for many years. During the banquet, KPMA dedicated an original bronze sculpture in recognition of the Brown Hotel as the original headquarters Kentucky’s oilmen and women.
“It’s a privilege to celebrate in the place where it began with our longtime KPMA members who represent the generations of fuel marketers in our state,” KPMAExecutive Director Brian Clark said. “Fuel transport, storage and retail through ever changing technologies are the stock and trade of the modern petroleum marketer. Our past helps us understand our future.”
To commemorate the 90th Anniversary and honor their original home, KPMA presented a vintage gas pump inspired bronze cast sculpture to the Brown Hotel. Well-known, Kentucky-based sculptors Amanda Mathews and Brad Connell of Prometheus Art Bronze Foundry created the piece.
“The sculptural techniques employed for this piece are cast and fabricated bronze, resin-filled glass, and hand engraved and enameled sterling silver,” sculptor Amanda Matthews said. “We drew our inspiration from antique and collectible gas pumps from 90 years ago, when KPMA began their operation.”
At the banquet, the KPMA also debuted its new book, KPMA: The First 90 Years, Reflecting Our Heritage – Refining Our Future, written by KPMA legal counsel Richard Johnson of Johnson Legal Network in Lexington, KY.
Bob & Ann’s Market Wins Highest Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) Awards
LEXINGTON, KY– The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA) and Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch presented two Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) Awards to Bob & Ann’s Market on Wednesday during the annual KPMA Tank & Technical conference.
Bob & Ann’s Market received the 2016 Outstanding Tank Systems Award. The award is given to the state’s top underground storage tank systems owner. Bob & Ann’s Market also received an award in the single facility owner category, presented each year to an outstanding underground storage tank systems owner operating one facility.
“The TEC Awards recognize remarkable dedication to compliance in our industry,” said KPMA Executive Director Brian Clark. “Bob and Ann McLain have been operating their business for over 37 years, and each day they go above-and-beyond to exceed the…
KPMA Presents Award to Representative Brent Yonts
LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2016)– The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA) honored Representative Brent Yonts on Wednesday with an award in recognition of his service and commitment to the petroleum industry.
Representative Yonts accepted the award during a breakfast reception at KPMA’s third annual Tank & Technical Conference. Yonts was presented with a commemorative Louisville Slugger bat featuring the association’s 90thanniversary logo.
“Today’s award is a symbol of our appreciation for Representative Brent Yonts and his willingness to always go to bat for the state’s petroleum marketers,” said KPMA Executive Director Brian Clark. “Year-after-year, Representative Yonts has been a legislative champion for our industry, and…
KPMA Focuses on Industry Initiatives During Third Annual Tank & Technical Conference
LEXINGTON, KY (November 2, 2016)– The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA) hosted their third annual Tank & Technical Conference on Wednesday to highlight topics of importance to the industry.
Conference attendees were treated to the unveiling of the state’s first Bioheat wrapped truck. The branded trucks will deliver environmentally friendly Bioheat, a blend of biodiesel with heating oil, to Kentucky residents during the fall and winter.
The conference lunch included a presentation from Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on statewide efforts to reduce credit card theft (called “skimming”) at gas pumps. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and KPMA have joined forces to crack down on pump skimming and recently filmed a Public Service Announcement on the topic that can be seen here.
“We are pleased to partner with Commissioner Quarles on this important initiative,” stated KPMA Executive Director Brian Clark. “KPMA is active throughout the state on transportation, commerce, and infrastructure issues that are important for all Kentuckians. This partnership was a natural fit for our association and allows us to better serve residents across the Commonwealth.”
KPMA also presented the third annual Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) awards. The winners included Bob & Ann’s Market (Sedalia) and Edmonson’s Grocery (Williamstown) in the small facility owner category. Banks Grocery Co. (Paducah) was given the award for medium facility owner. The overall 2016 Outstanding Tank Systems Award was given to Bob & Ann’s Market (Sedalia).
The day-long conference brought KPMA members from across the state together for educational sessions, discussions, and…
KPMA Hosts Sellout Event at Keeneland
For the third year in a row, KPMA’s annual Day at the Races sold out with nearly 40 members in attendance. Perfect weather accompanied Wednesday’s races for a relaxing and fun afternoon. KPMA would like to thank all who participated for making this another successful event and special thanks to our sponsor Federated Insurance.
KPMA Closes Another Successful Fall Outing
KPMA and IPCA hosted their respective fall meetings at Horseshoe Casino in southern Indiana just outside of Louisville on September 12 and 13. Members in attendance participated in committee meetings in the morning before hearing Senator Ernie Harris address all in attendance over lunch.
Attendees who stayed for the second day had the opportunity to participate in either golf or a sporting clays shoot at nearby courses. After the scramble and shoot nearly every attendee received a prize from the raffle tables. KPMA would like to thank everyone in attendance for a successful fall meeting. Congratulations to the following winners from September 13th’s events. The winners from the clays shoot were Mike Vanover, Gregg Vanover, Addam Vanover, and Jerry Reinhard, and the Winners from golf were Mickey Meyer, Brent Clark, Keith Blankenship, and Brent Roth.
Don’t Get Skimmed: Protect Your Pumps
When skimming at gasoline stations first burst on the scene some years ago, thieves targeted high-volume sites located off busy interstate highways. Florida convenience store chains in particular were hit hard by skimming gangs, and while retailers in the Sunshine State still battle skimming, thieves have moved inland and modified their modus operandi.
“Two or three years ago, the thieves were hitting the big name stations selling tons of gas,” said Gray Taylor, executive director at Conexxus and card payment security consultant for…
KPMA Supports New Red Tape Reduction Initiative
The governor announced the Red Tape Reduction Initiative, which will cut through the red tape of excessive and complex regulatory burdens that are a hardship for many business owners.
“As a business owner, I understand firsthand how difficult it can be for a new or growing business to be aware of, understand and comply with every government regulation,” Gov. Bevin said. “While some regulations are very necessary and protect the public safety, others can stifle economic growth, impose unnecessary costs on businesses and impede private sector investment. These costs all get passed through to the consumer. I constantly hear from business owners that confusing government mandates and red tape are huge challenges for them. There are more than 4,500 state regulations on the books in Kentucky, and only 15 to 20 percent of them have ever been reviewed for effectiveness or ongoing need. This suffocating red tape is a problem that must be fixed and, with the help of all Kentuckians, we intend to do just that.”
Gov. Bevin is asking businesses throughout the state to assist in this effort by identifying burdensome regulations and offering suggestions for improvement…
KPMA Hosts 2nd Road Trip in Louisville to a Great Turnout
KPMA Members Participate in PMAA Day on the Hill
KPMA members Michael Hardy (Hardy Oil), Michael Smith II (Midwest Terminal), Gary Logan (Max Arnold & Sons) and lobbyist Stephanie Stumbo are in Washington DC this week representing KPMA at PMAA’s Day of the Hill event. On Thursday, the group spent the day meeting with all eight of KY’s Congressional delegates. The KPMA group met in person with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Hal Rogers and Rep. Brett Guthrie. They also met with legislative staffers for Congressmen Andy Barr, Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth. Priority topics of discussion for these meeting included RFS Reform, Department of Labor Manager Overtime Rules, Menu Labeling and Ozone Standards.
Thank you to these KPMA members for making the trip and representing the industry in Kentucky on these critical issues!
2016 General Assembly Ends Positively for the KPMA
As reported in the KPMA Advocate, the work of the General Assembly for this 2016 Legislative Session has come to an end. The KPMA was successfully able to retain its program funding at the rate agreed upon by the Energy and Environment Cabinet, mitigating any fund transfers of excess funding that would have crippled the UST program. Further, KPMA was successful in holding off any threats to the Collection Evaporation Allowance.
Friday, April 15, was officially Sine Die of the 2016 session. Now all final actions including the budget and revenue bills have been sent to Governor Bevin. The Governor has 10 calendar days (excluding Sunday) to review each bill and either sign into law, veto in its entirety or line item veto; the deadline is midnight April 27th. On April 28th all final actions will be known.
The funding swept from the excess PSTEAF program funds, was $8.9 M in FY 2017 and $8M in FY 2018. Again, no reference or language related to the Collection Evaporation Allowance funding or the 2.25% existed in either the new conference committee budget bill or revenue bill as passed by the General Assembly and sent to the Governor; the 2.25% remains intact.
Thank you to all KPMA members who contacted Legislators this session to communicate the importance of these funds for our industry. Your calls and emails made a big difference!
KPMA & KGA/KACS Host NACS Industry Update Luncheon in Lexington, KY.
On Thursday, March 31, KPMA and the Kentucky Grocers Association (KGA/KACS) co-hosted Hank Armour, president of NACS, for an Industry Update luncheon at the Hyatt in Lexington. More than 40 were in attendance as Armour spoke about high level and category trends, including labor participation, gas consumption, regional insights, and four mega factors on the horizon.
“Immediate refreshment is our differentiating category, and food service can be our new anchor,” said Armour. He then talked about on the “new gravity” of fuel margins and said a storm is about to hit where “operating expenses are accelerating and labor costs are about to bust loose.” Lastly, Armour predicted that a tipping point on fuel consumption volume is coming. “The question is when, not if,” he said.
KPMA members in attendance commented that the event offered good insight into trends affecting the day-to-day business of the c-store industry and where our industry is moving.
The Fuel Brothers Make Impromptu Appearance at M-PACT
KPMA’s band The Fuel Brothers did an impromptu performance during open mic night at the legendary Slippery Noodle blues bar in Indianapolis last week during the M-PACT trade show. The group performed their signature “C-Store Rock” and composed “The Underground Storage Tank Blues” while on stage.
March 22-24 marked the 14th annual Midwest Petroleum and Convenience Tradeshow. This year featured a record number of attendees, and exhibitors as there was a bit of everything on show.
KPMA hosted it’s Annual Spring Board Meeting where members in attendance received the latest information from the association’s committees, a financial update for the KPMA, and a live, digital update from our lobbyists in Frankfort. The evening ended with a strong turnout at our exclusive annual Board Dinner which was hosted by Harry and Izzy’s. Thank you to Federated Insurance, the NFP Hartfield Company, and S. Abrahams & Sons for sponsoring the dinner.
Ed Hochuli served as the Industry Luncheon Speaker for 2016 and gave excellent insight to the workings and difficulties of being successful as a professional referee. He discussed at length his perspective on consistent improvement, teamwork and never settling for being an “average joe.” After speaking, as tradition dictates, Hochuli opened the tradeshow floor as thousands of attendees flooded the M-PACT tradeshow floor for the latest and greatest offerings in the market.
Show goers also stopped by the KPMA booth throughout the event to play cornhole as we celebrated the association’s 90th anniversary with a tailgate themed booth. Thank you to all the members who visited the booth and got a Passport stamp as credit for their visit.
2016 Legislative Breakfast Recap
KPMA 2016 Passport Member Rewards Program
In 1926, the self-described “Oil Men” in Kentucky recognized the need to form their own association in order to “promote businesslike competition among friendly marketers.” Ninety years since its inception, the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association continues to support and advocate on behalf of our members throughout the Commonwealth. In honor of our 90th year anniversary, we invite you to celebrate this milestone by attending key events throughout 2016 and tracking your company’s attendance in the KPMA 90th Year Anniversary Passport.
What is the KPMA 90th Year Anniversary Passport?
The enclosed passport is your company’s official record for the 2016 KPMA Member Rewards Program. Each KPMA event your company attends in 2016 will earn your organization reward points (one or two points per event per member company). When you earn 8 points by Nov. 2, 2016 your company will receive a complimentary registration for the KPMA 90th Anniversary Banquet on Dec. 1st. Member companies that earn 8 or more points in 2016 will also be eligible for a special prize given at the 90th anniversary banquet. Note, there are 13 total possible points your company may earn. Track points and learn more at kpmapassport.com.
We hope this passport spurs the “businesslike competition” in you and makes this a year you won’t forget. Ninety truly never looked so good!
2015 Tank & Technical Conference Recap
KPMA’s second Tank & Technical Conference was very well attended on Wednesday this week with 119 registrants, sponsors and speakers.
Attendees learned about new Federal UST regulations from EPA speaker Linda Gerber and heard keynote Rick Long of PEI discuss the future of UST systems and the effects of ethanol these systems. Conference attendees also received a summary of the KPMA’s new research study about the state of the petroleum industry in Kentucky, presented by researchers from the University of Kentucky Transportation Center.
The day ended with presentation of the KPMA’s 2015 TEC awards and a panel discussion moderated by KPMA legal counsel Richard Johnson. Panelists Bill Swope, state fire marshal, and UST branch manager Ed Winner fielded questions from attendees.
Congratulations to the 2015 Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) Award Winners:
Overall Facility Winner:
Hawkstone Associates, Inc.
Small Facility Winner:
Bob & Ann’s Market
Medium Facility Winner:
Hawkstone Associates, Inc.
Large Facility Winner:
John W. Clark Oil Company
KPMA would like to thank presenting sponsor Modern Welding Co. and luncheon sponsor Marathon Petroleum for their continued support of the event and KPMA.
Announcing KY’s 2015 Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) Award Nominees
The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association and Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch are pleased to announce the nominees for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s first-ever Tank Excellence in Compliance (TEC) Awards. KPMA and USTB will recognize these nine (9) nominees and announce the winners at the upcoming 2015 Tank and Technical Conference in Lexington, KY on November 4, 2015.
The TEC Award was created by the KPMA and USTB to recognize Kentucky tank owners that exhibit excellence in compliance with their underground storage tank systems. The USTB identified nine nominees from all 3,312 tank facilities in the state using data collected from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
The nominees in the following categories are:
Small Facility Owner (single facility)
Bob & Ann’s Market – Sedalia, KY
Duff’s Ashland Service Station – Lexington, KY
Napier Gulf – Scottsville, KY
Medium Facility Owner (2 – 10 facilities)
Banks Grocery Co.
Hawkstone Associates, Inc.
Zion Country Store
Large Facility Owner (11 or more facilities)
Bellsouth Communications LLC
John W. Clark Oil Company
United Dairy Farmers
A TEC Award winner from each category will be announced at the Tank and Technical Conference. An overall winner will then be announced as the 2015 Outstanding Facility TEC Award recipient. For more information about the conference, including session topics and the list of speakers, please visit kpma.org/tankandtech.
October 8, 2015 was KPMA’s annual Day at the Races, as 40 members gathered at Keeneland for the sold out event. Members enjoyed a full buffet, and private dining experience in the Phoenix Room on the clubhouse level at Keeneland. Attendees collaborated on betting strategies for the races and several walked away with winnings. KPMA would like to thank all that attended and are glad to announce another successful event in the books.
The 2015 KPMA/IPCA Fall Meeting a Big Success
Members experienced beautiful weather and live music during this years joint fall meeting with IPCA. Between the two states there were over 150 members in attendance. KPMA and IPCA also gave out over $3000 worth of prizes to participants in the Sporting Clays Shoot, and Golf Scramble.
KPMA Members in attendance had the opportunity to hear both Kentucky Attorney General Candidates Whitney Westerfield and Andy Beshear and raise any questions.
Another new addition to the annual fall meeting was a performance by The Fuel Brothers. The Fuel Brothers are a band comprised of KPMA Members, Alex Fassas, Tom Fassas, Chaz Herd, Mark Saliga and John Austin. They performed regional industry hits such as “Fuel Man”, and “C-Store Rock.”
Congratulations to the winners of both the golf scramble and sporting clays shoot. The golf scramble winners were Jack Bilyeu, Jeff Androla, Tom Labarbera, and Terry Hickey. The winners of the sporting clays shoot were Michael Vanover, Gregg Vanover, Addam Vanover, and Jerry Reinhard.
Thank you to the sponsors of the event and those who donated to the golf scramble and sporting clays shoot.
To view pictures from the 2015 KPMA/IPCA Fall Meeting click here.
Governor Beshear Designates September 2015 “We Card Awareness Month”
September 2, 2015 – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has designated September 2015 as “We Card Awareness Month,” encouraging retailers to continue in their efforts to prevent youth access to age-restricted products. “We Card Awareness Month” also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the national We Card program, focused on helping retailers through training and education.
In 1995, those underage could more easily buy tobacco at retail stores with some reports indicating a 40-60% success rate. Today, after years of efforts to prevent underage tobacco sales, that number is down to roughly 10% according to the federal government’s published 2013 Synar Report measuring illegal tobacco sales to minors. In Kentucky, the retail violation rate was 5.6%.
“Training sales associates to properly handle age-restricted products is a top priority for Kentucky retailers,” said Brian Clark, Executive Director of the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association. “The We Card program has been a big help in those efforts, providing ongoing training and education that helps retail employees prepare for challenging situations at the sales counter.”
KPMA Around the State: July 2015
Exec. Director Brian Clark met with KPMA member Karen Hall of Anthem and Mike Tolly from The Hartfield Company, Inc. in Louisville this week to review the KPMA Benefits Trust Healthcare Plan. For more information about healthcare coverage through the KPMA Benefits Trust plan, contact Mike Tolly at (800) 246-9728.
KPMA Around the State: June 2015
We know summertime can be a busy time for our members, so KPMA staff hit the road this week to visit a handful of members around the state. KPMA’s Brian Clark, Amy Page and Andrew Pulliam travelled to Owensboro, Irvine, Madisonville, Hopkinsville, and Harlan, KY to spend time with members and hear what’s happening in their respective parts of the state. We want to thank Rocket Oil, Valor Oil, Hardy Oil, Doss FuelCo, Max Arnold & Sons, Modern Welding, and new member Seay Oil for taking the time to meet with us.
SuccessFUEL Winner Announced!
Tom Eveland, Rocket Oil, was named the first SuccessFUEL winner Monday, June 22nd. The trophy was presented to Tom onsite in Madisonville, KY at Rocket Oil’s Headquarters. KPMA would like to thank Tom for his continued support of the association and congratulate him on winning the first annual SuccessFUEL recruitment drive.
KPMA Launches the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Political Action Committee (KPM PAC).
The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Political Action Committee (KPM PAC) has been registered with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and is officially open for business! KPMA is an association we can all be proud of, and the KPM PAC is a vital new tool to work alongside KPMA to promote the interests of petroleum marketers in Kentucky.
KPMA Closes Fuel School for 2015 on a High Note
The final KPMA Fuel School for the year finished up on June 3rd with a packed house.
24 were in attendance for the class which covered Phase Separation, presented by Gregg Vanover in place of Jerry Reinhard of Clean Fuels National, and a Biodiesel Technical Overview, presented by Steve Howell of MARC-IV.
Close to thirty members loaded the bus May 20, 2015 for the KPMA’s first ever Road Trip. The group enjoyed perfect weather for networking and sampling Kentucky’s local fares.
Attendees took a behind the scenes tour of Four Roses Distillery and sampled a flight of bourbons. Lunch was catered by Lexington’s Bourbon and Toulouse restaurant, and KY’s UST Branch Manager Ed Winner gave an update on activities in Frankfort.
Next, the group traveled to Equus Run Vineyards in Midway where they toured the grounds and sampled six signature products.
“Thanks again for such an enjoyable day. We had such a fun time and you did a wonderful job with the Road Trip.” – Larry and Deborah Hankins: Beach Oil, Clarksville, TN
May 13th Fuel School a Success!
Kevin Henderson returned to the Bluegrass on May 13th for the second KPMA Fuel School of the year. Kevin’s day-long training course offered students in-depth training on tank maintenance and regulations. Don’t miss the final fuel school of the year on June 3rd in Lexington! Topics will include Phase Separation and Biodiesel.
Around the State
KPMA executive director Brian Clark and Kentucky Grocers Assoc. exec. Ted Mason staffed a shared booth on April 21,2015 at the Core-Mark show in Louisville. The show featured hundreds of c-store buyers that enjoyed the fiesta show theme. Thank you to KPMA member Matt Ashley of Core-Mark who invited the KPMA to exhibit.
2015 NACS Luncheon – Cincinnati, Ohio
KPMA staff and members were on hand at the NACS Luncheon on April 17, 2015. NACS president Hank Armor spoke of the challenges that c-store owners and the industry faces in the coming years.
Included were the top NACS advocacy issues.
- Menu Labeling
- Data Security
- 40-Hour Work Week
- Internet Gaming
- Swipe Fee Reform
- And several more
Hank discussed what trends our competitors had capitalized on and ways we could develop and grow our business to stay ahead of the curve.
For more information on the issues discussed, please visit www.nacsonline.com/Issues/Pages/default.aspx
April 15 Fuel School a Big Hit!
Steve Purpora was on hand for KPMA’s first Fuel School of 2015. The event was well attended and informative for all members.