Petrogram -Summer 2012 - (Page 7)
Executive Director’s PERSPECTIVE
Bruce Mitchell Chairman of the Board, 2011-2012
Stephanie Hinton Chair-Elect, 2012-2013
his is the time of year that your staff transitions from the outgoing to incoming chairman of the board. It is a bittersweet experience. While we are excited about our new chair, we hate to part with the retiring one. So I hope you will indulge me this sentimental thank you to Bruce Mitchell. It is, in fact, a sentiment from all FPMA members. Bruce will always be special to me because, among other reasons, he was my first chairman. Coming from Connecticut to Florida, I had a few apprehensions about how this new relationship was going to work. It was wasted worry. Bruce’s interpersonal business style is as smooth as the finest silk money can buy. His style is the perfect combination of visionary, patience and appreciation for people and what they are capable of achieving. In future years, FPMA members will appreciate the benefits of membership but may not realize that much of what they are enjoying is a result of Bruce’s leadership and the foundation he has put in place. Indeed, several of his ideas have set a positive course for our association and will be responsible for future growth and success. Tops on my list of Bruce’s accomplishments during 2011-2012 were his focus on capturing the energy of the Board of Directors and the intellectual wealth of our past chairmen. This initiative has already paid big dividends to the association. Another key focus was on Regional Meetings, giving FPMA members an opportunity to meet in their own backyards to discuss issues of importance to the industry. Each was highly successful.
Yes, our chairman did an outstanding job during his tenure. He brought a steady hand to the helm of the ship lost at sea, a vision of the future, an inclusionary style and warmth that was felt by members and staff alike. The good news is that Bruce will continue in a leadership capacity for a few more years, as he will continue to serve on the FPMA Executive Committee as immediate past chairman in 2012 and past chairman in 2013. He will also chair the Chairman’s Advisory Council, which is comprised of all past chairmen of the board to do special projects. We need not worry about his commitment to these responsibilities... just look for more great things. And now we have a new chair. Taking the reins is Stephanie Hinton, owner of Jim Hinton Oil Company, Live Oak. A third-generation marketer, following her grandfather Jim Hinton, Sr., and her father, Jim Hinton, Jr. Stephanie comes to the chairpersons’s job after having served numerous years on the board and Executive Committee and demonstrating a passion for our association and the industry. One of her key messages for her tenure will be “Fueling Florida’s Future” in our industry. And so while we are sad that Bruce is transitioning to another role, we are excited about our new chair and know that each of our members will gain from her commitment. Join me in congratulating Bruce on a great job and welcoming Stephanie as our chair for 2012-13. ❍ Sincerely, Ned Bowman FPMA Executive Director
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram -Summer 2012
Executive Director’s Perspective
2012 Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo Highlights
Win a Seven-Night Cruise for Two Aboard Royal Caribbean
Been There, Done That
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram -Summer 2012
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