The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA), formerly PPMCSA, held its Fall Energy Conference from September 16-18, 2013 at the historic Omni Bedford Springs Resort in South Pennsylvania’s scenic Cumberland Valley.
Participants enjoyed beautiful weather and networking in this unique, historic setting. Much like our industry, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort has a rich history. Founded in 1806, the resort has hosted 10 US presidents and has been the site of many significant moments in American history. It is a National Historic Landmark and has undergone a stunning renovation, making it the perfect blend of past and future.
The Conference began on Monday with the Chic and Marty Muetzel Golf Tournament. Participants enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on one of our country’s first golf courses. The tournament celebrated the many contributions Chic and Marty Muetzel have made to our industry.
Tuesday featured a full day of education focusing on our industry’s future. Ben Brockwell (Director of Data, Pricing, and Information Services at OPIS) gave an update on the state of the oil industry. Political Analyst, Dr. G. Terry Madonna gave an insightful review of Pennsylvanians’ opinions on government, politics, and energy. John Arnold (Owner and Chairman of the Board at Petroleum Products Corporation) spoke about how to respond to customers considering converting to CNG or LPG. John Huber (NORA President), Dan Gilligan (PMAA President), and John Kulik (PPA Executive Vice President) gave an update on state and federal issues. Patrick Kelly (Senior Policy Advisor at the American Petroleum Institute) spoke about the renewable fuel standard. And Patrick Woods (Regional Risk Consultant at Federal Mutual Insurance Co.) gave a risk management seminar for sellers of propane.
The President’s Banquet took place on Tuesday evening. Vince Papale, former Philadelphia Eagle whose story inspired the blockbuster Disney movie, Invincible, gave a motivating speech about teamwork and persistence.
Visit PPA’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/papetroleum) to view event photos.