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Meet Your New EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Get to Know Ned Bowman, Executive Director of FPMA
“Ned is an innovative thinker – a natural strategist – who is able to see unorthodox strategic options that most of us overlook. He additionally knows how to inspire creativity and innovation in others.” — March 2009, Kaihan Krippendorf, author and president, Kai Method
in building a large customer base and implementing new ways of doing things. I was involved with NEFI (New England Fuel Institute) for 15 years. I was also director of the ICPA (Independent Connection Petroleum Association) Educational Foundation and a board member of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Dealers Association. In 2004, ICPA awarded me their Marketer of the Year award. I am proud to have been associated with ICPA and grateful for their acknowledgement. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing FPMA? A: FPMA’s biggest challenge is growth. We need to recruit new members, focusing on bringing in as many new marketer members as we can; plus we need to identify and establish new programs to serve the needs of our members. We will analyze all aspects of the association and identify areas where we can improve and move forward. Q: How do you plan to attack the obstacles facing FPMA? A: I am getting out of the office and meeting the members and listening to their concerns and ideas. We are implementing Chapter Meetings throughout Florida. It is key to get members involved in their association. We can surmount these challenges with the help of a strong, directed Board of Directors and an involved FPMA membership. I am looking at every aspect involved with FPMA – from membership, legislative issues and media relations down to the newsletters and the magazine, and hoping to make improvements. Q: What are your long-term goals for FPMA? A: I want to manage FPMA to the best of my ability. I’d like to have new programs for the members up and running. I want
Ned Bowman (left) shakes hands with Miami Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano (right)
Q: Tell us a little about your background. A: I grew up in Connecticut in a family of seven boys and one girl. I went on to college at New Haven and graduated in 1981. While in college, I played football for three years and one of my teammates was Tony Sparano, who is now the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. We’re still buddies and I go see a Dolphin game whenever I can. I’ve been in the heating oil and fuel business for over 25 years. I founded a retail propane distributorship, been president of a fuel oil and petroleum products distributorship and a heating and cooling contractor business. I have a lot of experience
“Ned was chairman of the board for Connecticut Innovations. Ned is a strategic thinker and guided the development of our strategic plan. Ned is a visionary leader. Ned also created an organizational development plan for CI.” — March 2009, President & Executive Director Peter Longo, Connecticut Innovations
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2011
Petrogram - Spring 2011
Meet Your New Executive Director
FPMA Chapter Meetings Are a Success!
FPMA Member Spotlight
You’ve Been Sued and Your Insurance Company Denied the Claim: Now What?
Out & About the Industry
How Health Care Reform Will Aff ect Your Business
Create Competitive Disruption Th rough the “8 Ps”
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Petrogram - Spring 2011
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