Petrogram - Winter 2012 - (Page 6)
Evaluating Successes and Challenges
s 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to the new year, it is a great time to step back and evaluate our successes and challenges... personally, from a business standpoint and as an association. As I write this, we are a couple weeks away from the election and it is too close to know which way it will turn out. From a business standpoint, it is clear what outcome we need. Obamacare threatens to tax small businesses to death. The continuing depressed economy has taken a toll on many of our businesses, and it is past time for some positive change. The upcoming legislative session is sure to bring us many battles we will have to be prepared to ﬁght… but our strong representation from Mike Huey and team and the resolve of our membership will prevail in protecting our members as they always have. We are already working on some proactive positive legislative efforts that will bring new beneﬁts to our members. This is a welcome change from just ﬁghting the negative proposals we have dealt with the past few years. I highly encourage each of you to get involved in the legislative process, both locally and at the state and/or national level. Your individual efforts are the key to our successes as a whole. Our association has weathered many storms over the past few years and we have come through stronger and better prepared for the future. Our members and Board are re-energized and engaged to the level we enjoyed in our stronger times. Each one of us has had someone in our lives that has provided the inspiration, motivation and knowledge to help us achieve the successes we have in our industry. Sometimes it is family – such as your parents or siblings – and sometimes it is a mentor who has built the business before you and helped teach and show you the way. In my case I have been very fortunate to learn this business from the ground up at the side of one of our past chairman and Hall of Fame members Randy Jones. Randy took a chance on a young and inexperienced guy with a variety of past jobs. Randy saw a potential that most others would have probably not have seen and immediately began showing me a path to a much greater role in the company than I had anticipated. That was over 14 years ago now, and I can truly say I have earned my masters of business from one of the best there is. I want to sincerely thank both Randy and Brenda Jones for the opportunities they have afforded me, and I encourage you to thank those responsible for your own successes. Life is too short. That is a small sentence but it is a huge statement. Make sure you do not get so caught up in running your life that you forget to live your life. Unexpected tragedy or illness can change your ability to enjoy life in an instant so make sure you make the most of every minute. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tallahassee! ❍ John Tiffany FPMA Chair
John Tiffany FPMA Chair
Our association has weathered many storms over the past few years and we have come through stronger and better prepared for the future. Our members and Board are re-energized and engaged to the level we enjoyed in our stronger times.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Winter 2012
2012 FPMA Patron Members
Advertisers’ Centerspread Marketplace
Congress Postpones Big Decisions in 2012
Annual Golf Tournament a Success!
Out and About the Industry
Antitrust Compliance: Ignorance Is Not Bliss
FPMA 2013 Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Winter 2012