FS System Members Attend 2015 Propane Days at Nation’s Capital

FS System Members Attend 2015 Propane Days at Nation’s Capital

Thursday, June 18, 2015 — Bloomington, Illinois -- The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) recently hosted the 2015 Propane Days at the nation’s capital. Members of the GROWMARK and FS System participated in the event with the objective to raise awareness of current issues within the propane industry to United States policy and lawmakers.

Attendees began arriving June 8 for the NPGA Annual Meeting and Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting. On June 9, participants attended the NPGA Legislative Issues Briefing where they were educated regarding affairs and legislation that affects the propane industry and how to be actively involved in its development.

“The Propane Days conference was a great opportunity to work with dedicated FS and GROWMARK experts as well as the Illinois Propane Gas Association. It was a privilege to work together and with our legislators toward the common goal of promoting propane as a clean, alternative fuel of choice,” explained Kevin Johnson, energy specialist with Heritage FS, Inc.

Attendees had the opportunity visit with their Congressional representatives to encourage the extension of key tax provisions, equalization of taxes on propane, and parity of propane relative to other auto fuels. The event also provided networking opportunities with other industry colleagues throughout the nation and a discussion with PERC staff to learn more about the national Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) efforts.

“I feel the Congressional visits will reward the industry for years to come. The visit to PERC was such an eye opening experience which yielded great information. I can’t wait to share my new found knowledge with my team back home,” said Chris Olson, LP and retail marketing manager with Illini FS.

Participants from the FS System included:

  • Brad Blair, Energy Operations Manager - Prairieland FS
  • Kevin Johnson, Energy Specialist - Heritage FS
  • Guy Kuhn, Agri-Finance Manager and Comfort Pro LP Marketing Manager - Southern FS
  • Chris Olson, LP and Retail Marketing Manager - Illini FS
  • Jay Christie, Energy Development Specialist - New Century FS
  • Doug Dall, Area Sales Manager - AgVantage FS
  • Brian Hartman, Risk Manager -AgVantage FS
  • Pat Hurt, Propane Specialist - AgVantage FS
  • Lewis Bowman, Energy Marketing Manager North - Frontier-Servco FS
  • Jim Buege, LP Department Manager - Frontier-Servco FS
GROWMARK and FS System members visit with the Propane Education  & Research Council (PERC) to learn more about the opportunities and programs that their organization offers.
Pictured L to R: Doug Dall, AgVantage FS, Liz Hobart, GROWMARK, Inc., Jim Buege, Frontier-Servco FS, Brad Blair, Prairieland FS, Inc., Jay Christie, New Century FS, Kevin Johnson, Heritage FS, Inc., Lewis Bowman, Frontier-Servco FS, Guy Kuhn, Southern FS, Inc., Becky Borkgren, GROWMARK, Inc., Brian Hartman, AgVantage FS, Pat Hurt, AgVantage FS,  and Chris Olson, Illini FS
The group attends a legislative briefing with the NPGA in preparation for visiting with Congressional representatives on propane industry issues.
Wisconsin representatives highlight legislative issues with Wisconsin Congressional offices.

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