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Advisory Committee

The Council values industry involvement and has established an Advisory Committee consisting of industry volunteers and other professionals to assist the Council with its mission to ensure that the industry receives value for its investments. The Advisory Committee reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations on requests for funding; evaluates the effectiveness of projects; and assists the Council with its proactive duty to develop programs and projects.

There are many opportunities to get involved with PERC in various areas, including safety and training, research and innovation, and market development and outreach.

Members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by the Council chairman. To ensure greater industry involvement in programs and projects, members of the committee’s three working groups may be assigned to task forces established to oversee a significant program or project.

Market Development and outreach Working Group

The Market Development and Outreach Working Group of the Council’s Advisory Committee leads efforts to implement the Council’s strategy within both existing and future market segments, including residential, commercial, agriculture, engine fuel, and industrial end-uses, by identifying and pursuing growth opportunities; providing market analysis and customer research; developing and maintaining quality partnerships, programs, and projects to support market outreach and training objectives; and measuring the impact of such objectives.

For more information contact call Paula Wilson, Director of Industry Engagement at 202-452-8975 or email paula.wilson@propane.com.

Harris Baker – Chair
HBH Gas Systems, LLC
Texas
Emily Willis – Vice Chair
Blossman Gas Inc
North Carolina
Steve Ahrens
Missouri Propane Education & Research Council
Missouri
Zach Baugher
Growmark, Inc
Illinois
Brian Buschur
McMahan’s Bottle Gas
Ohio
Jay Christie
New Century FS
Iowa
Kevin Cobb
Suburban Propane
Idaho
Derek Dalling
Michigan Propane Gas Association
Michigan
Chris DeFilippo
Superior Plus Energy
Pennsylvania
Lucas Fitzpatrick
MFA Oil Company
Marc Foerster
Crystal Flash
Michigan
Sam Fox
McCraw Propane
Texas
Kim Godlewski
IPS Equipment
Michigan
Deb Grooms
Iowa Propane Gas Association
Iowa
Stephanie Hennen
MEC
Michigan
John Jessup
North Carolina Propane Gas Association
North Carolina
Brilynn Johnson
AmeriGas
California
John Kraft
Plains Marketing
South Dakota
Bruce Leonard
Targa Liquids Marketing & Trade
Texas
Brian Mater
FerrellGas
Kansas
Jenni McKeen
Georgia Propane Gas Association
Georgia
Bill Moore
Conger Gas
Georgia
Raymond Murray
Ray Murray Inc
Massachusetts
Derek Rimko
Superior Energy Systems LTD
Ohio
Joanna Sams
Sams LP Gas
Florida
Nandini Sankara
Suburban Propane
New Jersey
Josh Simpson
Kamps Propane
California
Kent Smith
Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.
Maryland
Lindsey Stansfield
Paraco
New York
Dennis St. Aubin
CHS, Inc.
Minnesota
Matt Terry
Pinnacle Propane
Texas
Joe Trefethen
Palmer Gas
New Hampshire
Bob Young
Eastern Propane & Oil
New Hampshire

 

PERC Staff

Paula Wilson, Advisory Committee Liaison
Director of Industry Engagement
Gregg Walker, MDO Liaison
Director of External Communications
Tina Wilson
Senior Vice President, Communications
Bridget Kidd
Senior Vice President, Industry Relations
Ingrid Bechard
Director of Market Communications
Patrick Hyland
Director of Industry Communications

 

Research and Technology Development Working Group

The Research and Technology Development Working Group of the Council’s Advisory Committee recommends and oversees initiatives that advance the development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment to serve the needs of existing propane marketers to open new markets for propane; and pursue fundamental or basic research to improve safety and efficiency, to expand supply, and to address technology needs in the transportation, storage, handling, and use of propane.

For more information call Greg Kerr, PERC’s director of research and development, at 202-452-8975 or email greg.kerr@propane.com.

Kenton Sonnenburg – Chair
CHS, Inc
Minnesota
Chuck Strawn – Vice Chair
Red Seal Measurement Company
South Carolina
Robert Barry
Bergquist, Inc.
Ohio
Darren Engle
Blue Star Gas
Oregon
Marty Erne
Gas Processors Association
Oklahoma
Donald Fernald
Superior Energy Systems, Ltd.
Ohio
Ken Green
Green’s Oklahoma Liquefied Gas
Oklahoma
Roger Gruwell
AmeriGas
Iowa
Mike Hennen
Westmor Industries
Minnesota
Julie Johnson
Ted Johnson Propane
California
David Kennedy
Alliance AutoGas
North Carolina
Mark Komlosi
Worthington Cylinders
Ohio
Steve Moore
Expo Propane, Inc.
California
Bill Platz
Delta Liquid Energy
California
David Reynolds
Blossman Gas
Mississippi
Vince Rooney
Suburban Propane
New Jersey
Kirk Saunders
White Mountain Oil & Propane
New Hampshire
J Sells
Rego Products
Florida
Bruce Swiecicki
National Propane Gas Association
Illinois
Don Tomiello
Targa Resources
Texas
Jeff Vandemark
Industrial Propane Service
Michigan
Bill Van Hoy
Texas Propane Gas Association
Texas
Erich Wolf
Cavagna North America
Ohio
Jim Zuck
Marshall Excelsior Company
Michigan

 

PERC Staff

Paula Wilson, Advisory Committee Liaison
Director of Industry Engagement
Greg Kerr, RTD Liaison
Director of Research and Development
Cinch Munson
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Michael Taylor
Director of Autogas Business Development
Jeremy Wishart
Director of Off Road Business Development

 

Safety and Training Working Group

Training and informing the industry and consumers on the safe handling, storage, and use of propane is a top priority at PERC. From across the nation, propane professionals have come together to help us guide and support the industry’s efforts to build and maintain high public confidence in propane’s safety and value. We take pride in the industry’s exemplary record and its commitment to the safety of everyone who works with, buys, and depends on propane.

The Safety and Training Working Group of the Council’s Advisory Committee leads PERC’s mandated mission to develop programs and projects to enhance consumer and employee safety and training. In fulfilling this role, the working group acknowledges a fiduciary responsibility to both the propane industry and society.

The working group works with marketers, the National Propane Gas Association, and state associations to provide leadership, vision, and resources for ongoing safety and training efforts. Produced under the working group’s supervision, PERC courseware and materials train and educate first responders, marketers, and consumers on safe handling of propane and provide regulatory compliance assistance to the propane industry.

For more information, call Eric Kuster, PERC’s vice president, safety & training, at 202-452-8975 or email eric.kuster@propane.com.

Christopher Wagner – Chair
AmeriGas
Pennsylvania
Jeff Shaffer – Vice Chair
Shaffer’s Bottled Gas
Pennsylvania
Leslie Anderson
Propane Gas Association of New England
New Hampshire
Mark Anderson
Dead River Company
Maine
Doug Auxier
Auxier Gas
Ohio
John Barnett
U-Haul International
Arizona
Dan Binning
Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico
Propane Gas Association
Colorado
Byron Breda
Propane Gas Association of New England
New Hampshire
Mike Caldarera
National Propane Gas Association
Washington, DC
Jeff Clark
Ferrellgas
Minnesota
Steve Clayton
Gas Equipment Company
Missouri
Don Crowder
Corken
Oklahoma
Alinna Figueroa
Hawaii Gas
Hawaii
David Grothoff
MFA Oil Company
Missouri
Tim Holmes
Suburban Propane
Mississippi
William Holmes
Blackmer-PSG
Illinois
Tim Jackson
Rhoads Energy
Pennsylvania
Ray Kazakewich
R.E. Michel Co.
North Carolina
Kenneth Kraft
North Dakota Propane Gas Association CETP Instructor
North Dakota
Paula Laney
Energy Distribution Partners
Oklahoma
David Latourell
Paraco Gas
New York
Bruce Montroy
Berquist, Inc.
Michigan
Ken Mueller
CHS, Inc.
Arkansas
Tom Mullaney
Rockhill Insurance Group
Arkansas
Tim Myers
IPS Equipment, Inc.
Michigan
Barry Oden
MFA Oil Company
Missouri
Lee Patrick
Sharp Energy
Deleware
Scott Pearson
CHS, Inc
Minnesota
Thomas Procter
MFA Oil Company
Missouri
Earl Slacum
Tri Gas & Oil Co Inc
Maryland
Mike Walters
Superior Energy Systems Ltd
Ohio
Randy Warner
Cavagna Group
Missouri

 

PERC Staff

Paula Wilson, Advisory Committee Liaison
Director of Industry Engagement
Erik Kuster, STT Liaison
Vice President, Safety, Education, and Compliance
Bridget Kidd
Senior Vice President, Industry Relations