Petrogram - Spring 2014 - (Page 4)
Getting to Know...
FPMA Chairman Summit Shah
I have always had
a passion for the
business. It was
my parents start it
from one store and
really turn it into the
ummit Shah is vice president of Southeast Petro Distributors, Inc., and M & R High Point
Holdings, headquartered in Cocoa. He oversees the daily functions of Southeast Petro's
wholesale and retail businesses including acquisitions, new site development, and supplier
relations. The family-owned enterprises were founded by Mr. Shah's parents, Mahesh and Rashmi,
with roots extending to 1980 when the couple purchased their first gas station and convenience
store. They now own, operate, and supply gas stations throughout Florida. Summit Shah has been
active in FPMA since joining the company in 1998.
PETROGRAM: Did you always know that you wanted to join the family business?
Mr. Shah: Yes. My dad asked a year or two before I was going away to college if I was interested
in the business. If I wasn't, he felt he didn't need to grow it further. I have always had a passion for
the business. It was probably seeing my parents start it from one store and really turn it into the
PETROGRAM: What are some of your goals as FPMA chairman?
Mr. Shah: To get marketers more involved in their association. Working together, we can face
industry issues head on. The other goal is to make serving on the board, executive committee, and
being chairman sought after roles that people want; not just an obligation.
PETROGRAM: Why is it important for petroleum marketers and others to come together
Mr. Shah: The industry has always amazed me. We can be competitors on the street, but I've
rarely been at an FPMA function when marketers didn't lend advice or help out a fellow marketer.
Collectively, there is immense experience and knowledge. By bringing it together, we can overcome
almost any issue. Plus, it gives our industry a unified voice in Tallahassee.
PETROGRAM: What are a couple of FPMA's most notable past accomplishments?
Mr. Shah: We are one of the few state petroleum associations that has managed such a great
annual trade show and convention. Also, our lobbying efforts have been spotless. That really speaks
to our members' community involvement and the relationships they build with local politicians who
PETROGRAM: How is the petroleum/convenience store industry important to Florida?
Mr. Shah: Our industry in Florida is growing. Fuel will be needed as the state's population and other
industries grow, too. Regarding convenience stores, people are timestarved. A store model that worked well five years ago, doesn't address
current trends. As we've done in the past, we will continue to adapt to
provide what our customers need.
PETROGRAM: How might the new affiliation between FPMA
and the Florida Retail Federation serve to protect and grow the
FPMA brand and benefit its members?
Mr. Shah: We've already benefited from FRF's clout in planning the
2014 convention. We will benefit from FRF's association management
experience and its expanded staff, including a full-time lobbying team.
Our PAC funds will have more impact partnering with FRF. I hope that
in the future we look back and say our partnership with FRF was one of
our proudest moments.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2014
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Looking for a Boost? Sales of Energy Products Continue to Stack Up
The Road Ahead: Fuels Institute Board of Advisors Identifies Research Agenda and Educational Opportunities
Partial-Taking Trend Continues: Updated Eminent Domain Information for Florida Gas Station and Convenience Store Owners
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Petrogram - Spring 2014