Petrogram - Winter 2013 - (Page 5)
FPMA Solidifies Partnership with FRF
Earlier this year,
your board approved
the Florida Retail
Federation, led by
whom many of
you know, under
t's hard to believe it's November and the end of the year is fast approaching. This year has been
an exciting one for FPMA, especially with the latest announcement from the board. Earlier this
year, your board approved partnering with the Florida Retail Federation, led by Rick McAllister,
whom many of you know, under a management agreement. I want you to know we didn't take this
decision lightly and have actually been considering this move for some time. The management
agreement covers all aspects of the management of the association, and will provide us additional
talent and experience from the Florida Retail Federation. Here are few examples:
* Advocacy/Lobbying-Four full time lobbyists and contract lobbyist hired as needed.
* A staff of 28, which can handle in house all aspects of accounting, legal, website management,
event management and planning, plus much more.
* The ability to maintain our own PetroPac, but pool funds with other FRF PACs, which currently
provide funds of close to $1 million per year.
However, I want to reiterate that we are not giving up control of the FPMA brand or direction
of the association. All major decisions still will be reviewed and voted upon by the FPMA Board of
Directors. Ned and Joanna remain staff of the FPMA and always available to answer your calls. I
encourage you to reach out to Ned, board members and myself with any questions and/or concerns.
If you didn't get a chance to attend the FPMA Scholarship Golf Outing and/or the Conference of
Committees, I can tell you it was amazing. The scholarship golf tournament was well attended, with
close to double the amount of golfers from the prior year with over 90 golfers participating in the
golf and silent auction. The new venue at the Vinoy in St. Pete was enjoyed by all. A special thanks
to Marc Gomes and his committee for an outstanding event!
The Conference of Committees was also well attended and a lot of business of was handled,
including discussions on the agenda and plans for the upcoming year and convention. We had a
great line up of special guests including a fundraiser for our very own, Denise Grimsley, and a heavily attended environmental meeting. During the board meeting we had an amazing and informative
presentation by Attorney General Pam Bondi, followed by Secretary Cynthia O'Connell of the Florida
Lottery. Probably most encouraging was the ﬁnancial presentation by the chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer of
FRF on the current state of the FPMA. The turnaround over the past three years has been incredible
and couldn't have been done without the support of all of our members. On behalf of our entire board
and the previous boards, we thank you for your support.
If you haven't been involved in the FPMA and our committee meetings and legislative sessions, we would really appreciate your support and involvement in "your" association.
We especially are lacking representation at
these events from our marketer members,
but would love to see more supplier members
In closing, I'm proud to let you know the
FPMA is on solid ﬁnancial footing and continues to improve day by day. I hope that you
have a safe and happy holiday season and
look forward to seeing you all at the FPMA
legislative days in February.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Winter 2013
2013 FPMA Patron Members
Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Program is Undergoing an Overhaul
As C-stores Branch Out, Channel Blurring Blossoms
Just Say No…to (Synthetic) Drugs
Staying Away from Negligent Security Lawsuits
FPMA’s 2013 Scholarship Golf Tournament and Conference of Committees
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Winter 2013