Petrogram - Spring 2015 - (Page 7)
A Prosperous New Year to All
Noel D. Hardy
From left to right: Joe Capitano Sr., CEO of
Radiant Group, FPMA Past President, FPMA
Hall of Fame; Sen. Denise Grimsley, FPMA Past
President, FPMA Hall of Fame Inductee and Rick
McAllister, President & CEO of the Florida Retail
Federation, Past Executive Director FPMA.
s 2014 came to a close, the staff at Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store
Association and Florida Retail Federation worked to complete the unity of our fine associations. Documents and papers were submitted in time to start a new, fresh calendar year
and budgets were revised to include dual and separate meeting places and dates.
More importantly, Florida Petroleum Marketers were added to Florida Retail Federation's Board
of Directors. Joining Summit Shah and myself are: Charlie Roberts of ELI Roberts and Sons; our
Chair Elect, Craig Lynch of Lynch Oil Co.; our Treasurer, Stoney Smith of United Fuel and Supply;
our Convenience Store Committee Chair and Membership Committee Chair Wenda Lewis of Lewis
Ned Bowman and Rick McAllister, along with both staffs, have worked tirelessly to smooth out
our road to success. They deserve a hearty congratulations and thank you.
At our FPMA's Legislative Days Awards Dinner, which took place Feb. 4 at the Doubletree Hotel
in downtown Tallahassee, Sen. Denise Grimsley was inducted into the FPMA 2015 Hall of Fame.
Past President and Hall of Famer Joe Capitano Sr. introduced Sen. Grimsley with
a moving and amusing "This is Your Life" type presentation. Denise's childhood in
rural America has served her well. Hall of Fame member Don Bodie had the privilege
to present the Hall of Fame plaque to our senator.
Her proud mother and father were both in attendance. Charles Grimsley raised
Denise from the ground up into the petroleum business. Due to illness, Denise took
over the family business for a period of time setting aside her career in the healthcare
sector. This was where Denise became aware of the burdensome, red-taped and
ineffective local and state government. Thus, knowing she knew as much as the
ones in office, Denise started her secondary career in public service for the citizens
of Florida. First, she served eight terms in the Florida House of Representatives and
is now a Florida senator. In both segments, she has been chair of several influential committees.
When not in Tallahassee, you can find Denise - a mom and grandmother - serving as the hospital
administrator for Florida Hospital Wauchula.
Join me in congratulating Denise for a job well done!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2015
Chair’s Perspective By Noel D. Hardy, FPMA Chair
Alternative Fuels: A Glimpse Into the Future By John Eichberger
Endless Possibilities for C-Store Food Programs By Al Hebert
UST Owners & Operators: Don’t Miss the Train! By Amy Bell
5 Ways to Stop Wasting Cash in Inventory By Betsi Bixby
Member Spotlight Marci Fechter, Sales Manager Southeast Region, f’real foods
Making Hiring Decisions Using Social Media By Lourdes Espino Wydler, Esq.
Calendar of Events
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Spring 2015