PA Propane Gas Association 2013 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

For more information, contact:
Shelby L. Metzger

If you were unable to attend the annual meeting at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, you missed an informative and fun meeting. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors – their support helps to make our meetings successful:

Gold Tarantin Industries, Inc.    
Silver Bergquist, Inc.
Targa Resources
Gas Equipment Company, Inc. Ray Murray, Inc.
Patron Enterprise Products
Venezia LPG Services, Inc.
Industrial Propane Services, Inc. Gas Supply Resources
Truck Sponsor Tank Solutions, Inc.    

Golf Outing Results:

1St place:
Lance Dalton, Mike Norman, Dave Biggs, Rory Greenley

Best Dressed:
Keith McMahon, Gary Wobb, Andy Burik, Ryan DiGuiseppe

Best Sportsman:
Jim Mason, John Ketchum, Tim Hall

No category – just a prize for finishing in the middle:
Norm Cupples, Stephanie Davis, Matt Benner

Worst Driver:
Donnie Schubert, Jay Gorzkowski, Pat Shay, Harold Sweet

High Score:
Jeff Shaffer, Lucy Shaffer, Rick Feiler, Caroline Hensley

Skill Prizes:
Longest Putt: Donnie Schubert
Longest Drive: Lucy Shaffer

Thank you for our Golf Sponsors:

CK Business Consultants, Inc.
Liberty Insurance Agency
Tarantin Industries
Gas Equipment Company
NGL Energy Partners
Quality Steel
Targa Resources
Gas Supply Resources
ProGas, Inc.
Ray Murray, Inc.
Worthington Cylinders

General Session:

Andy Mirchin, Director of Market Development, Paraco Gas shared useful marketing tips on “How to Grow your Gallons”.

Patrick Hyland, Director of Industry Programs, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) provided an update of PERC activities and reminded everyone of the valuable PERC websites that target specific industry topics.

Milissa Lord, VP of Business Development at A.R.M. Solutions shared her collection expertise and provided all attendees with “10 Best Practices in Collections” packet.

Jeff Petrash, Vice President and General Council – National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) talked about the recent Propane Days in Washington, DC and encouraged support for 2013 along with providing an informative legislative/regulatory update.

Presidential Award:

PAPGA President, Mark Delehanty had the honor to present this 1st time award to an astonished and speechless Rick Feiler of Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Nomination Letter: I would like to nominate Rick Feiler of Tarantin Industries for the 2013 Presidential Award.

I have known Rick for over 6 years and he is not only a colleague, he is a close friend.

To say that Rick exceeds the requirement for this award would be an understatement. Rick is a huge supporter of PAPGA’s activities and is always asking what he can do to lend a hand. His assistance has certainly made my job easier and of course much more fun when he’s involved. Not only in his daily work duties at Tarantin Industries that I’ve witnessed, it’s also his compassionate attitude that is evident in his ‘personal’ life also.

Rick belongs to the Red Rose Riders which is a motorcycle club in which he is the Vice President. This is not just an ordinary bikers club – this club is concerned about others. They organize many rides to benefit others such as a fundraiser for children with illnesses and a memorial ride for ‘soldiers of the law”. Rick has frequently shared pictures with me from these events and there hasn’t been a time when that he doesn’t tear up telling me about the child and the family who he was fortunate enough to have ride with him on his motorcycle.

Not only is he heavily involved in his motorcycle club, Rick is also the incoming President at his local Lions Club in Leola. Rick arranges programs to educate the club on different causes. He recently had Dan Messett’s daughter, Danielle come and speak about her career helping special needs children and also recently had a staff member from his local Domestic Violence Agency.

This type of behavior exemplifies kindness, caring and true concern for others.

Rick inspires me and others around him with his dedication, kindheartedness and true concern of others. On behalf of everyone who has benefited from his phenomenal and extraordinary work ethic and community service, I nominate Rick Feiler for the Presidential Award as I truly believe he is most deserving.

Congratulations to Rick!

The meeting concluded with the Board of Directors Meeting. Congratulations to our –

2013/2014 Board of Directors:

Executive Committee:

Mark Delehanty, President
Phil Smith, Treasurer
Walter Cressman, NPGA District Nine Director
Mike Mutter, President Elect
Harold Sweet, Secretary
Dan Balmer, Vice President
Jim Ressler, National State Director
Beth Donovan, District Director Representative

Edward Gorzkowski, Jr., Immediate Past President

District Directors:

Hugh “Bud” Rich, District 1 Director
Bob Klasen, District 2 Director
Mark Lesney, District 3 Director
Norm Cupples, District 4 Director
Dave Pennypacker, District 5 Director
Greg Smith, District 6 Director
John Cepiel, District 7 Director
Beth Donovan, District 8 Director
Hugh Rich, III, District 1 Director
Glenn Beatty, District 2 Director
John Maruska, District 3 Director
Ken Lundy, District 4 Director
Dan Messett, District 5 Director
Jerry Stanco, District 6 Director
Jay Gorzkowski, District 7 Director
Randy Styer, District 8 Director

Directors at Large:

Dale Aldrich, Director at Large
DeAnn Driscoll, Director at Large
John Murray, Director at Large
Pat Shay, Director at Large
Donnie Schubert, Director at Large

Click on the link below to watch a brief video of the 2013 PAPGA Annual Meeting Activities-
2013 Annual Meeting Video

The next PAPGA Membership/Board Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2013, Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA

2014 Annual Meeting (Tri-State Meeting – PA, NJ, NY)
The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, June 16-18, 2014 (Monday through Wednesday)

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PA Propane Gas Association 2013 Annual Meeting Wrap-up