• Fuel & Convenience Summit

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    The Fuel & Convenience Summit is an event designed for businesses who operate in the downstream fuel supply chain.  Hosted by the Texas Food & Fuel Association, the Fuel & Convenience Summit was formed as part of a strategic initiative to connect thought leaders, vendors, and others in Texas who have a stake in the fuel marketing and convenience retailing industries.
    By participating in the Fuel & Convenience Summit, you’ll be among the first to:
    • Gain a new perspective on how your business is performing against competitors in Texas and across the country.
    • Discover how our industry’s super stars continue to grow their businesses, along with areas to enhance your own company's performance.


    Whether your goal is to boost your business performance, explore new technology, or create stronger relationships — you’ll discover practical ways to improve your environmental impact, retain customers, reduce costs and gain operational improvements to drive growth.
    Specifically, you’ll leave the Fuel & Convenience Summit with:
    • Dozens of new business relationships that can help solve challenges you face
    • Educational handouts and industry publications
    • Deeper understanding of downstream fuels data and industry trends, including their impact to fuel wholesalers and retailers in Texas 
    • Cost saving measures to reduce penalties with federal and state regulators
    • A new, strategic approach that you can apply to your business operations
    • Proven tactics that can help you stand out from the competition


    • C-Store/Grocery Retailers
    • Single Store Operators
    • Convenience Store Chains
    • Petroleum Marketers
    • Petroleum Equipment Companies
    • Executives & Managers
    • Retailer Account Representatives
    • Industry Suppliers
    • Others interested in learning and engaging in this event!


    Education for 2018 is under construction. 

    Satisfy your craving for information with an educational program designed exclusively for convenience retailers and fuel marketers.  Learn alongside colleagues, meet new people, embrace innovation, and hear from a dynamic lineup of subject matter experts who have hundreds of years of combined experience.

    This entire learning experience is designed with you in mind! 

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    TDA Crack Down on Fuel Quality Inspections

    Presented by TFFA Wholesale and Retail Operations Council
    Texas has seen a major uptick in fuel quality inspections at motor fuel retail outlets, creating headaches for convenience stores and concern for motorists.  In 2017, TFFA supported the passage of House Bill 2174 which privatized fuel quality and weights and measures inspections, responsibilities previously held by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  The implementation of House Bill 2174 has not been smooth and TFFA continues to have disagreements with TDA on both agency programs and the associated fees.

    Share your input, voice your concerns, and get an update on how TFFA plans to work with TDA to address issues regarding the implementation of House Bill 2174 and clarify language during the upcoming Texas Legislative Session.


    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    
    Technology-Driven Fuel Reconciliation: Using the SIR Method in Texas

    Presented by TFFA Wholesale and Retail Operations Council
    Proper leak detection of underground storage tanks (UST’s) is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business.  The Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) method is creating a new era in an increasingly compliance-driven world — presenting new opportunities and challenges for businesses.
    This must-attend session for UST owners/operators with pressurized or suction systems offers a complete guide to maintaining compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) monthly reporting requirements.

    Specifically, you’ll walk away from this session with:

    • Implementation of the 30-day inspection rule
    • Developing a plan of action to ensure 100% tank monitoring compliance while reducing fuel losses
    • Enhanced knowledge of the reconciliation stages: analysis, physical verification, evaluation, investigation, and findings.
    • A copy of the TCEQ Release Detection and Inventory Control for UST’s guide


    4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    Texas Legislature and You: An Open Discussion on Priorities of the 86th Legislative Session

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        
    Summit Breakfast

    Andy Lipow, President,Lipow Oil Associates
    The Gulf Coast Boom: Petroleum, Pipelines, and Prices
    The growth of crude oil production in the United States has sparked growth in logistics and distribution infrastructure to deliver product to the Gulf Coast refining centers and export terminals. Magellan Midstream Partners LP has recently announced an additional expansion of the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas.  The International Maritime Organization is mandating that all oceangoing vessels use a lower-sulfur fuel by 2020 — a move that could prove costly for diesel prices.

    In 1 hour, Andy Lipow, President of Lipow Oil Associates, will take participants through an in-depth look at the Texas oil market, production and demand, economic and environmental impact, regulatory mandates, pipeline logistics and vessel logistics, as well as provide insight into opportunities for businesses who operate in the downstream oil and gas industry.


    9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   
    Implications of Electric Vehicles on Gas Tax Revenue and Transportation Infrastructure

    Rob Underwood, Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)
    David Fialkov, National Association of Truck Stops Organization (NATSO)
    Eddie Bates, C&I Oil Co.

    The U.S. collected $44 billion in fuel taxes in 2015, according to the Tax Policy Center.  Transportation experts agree, the market penetration of electric vehicles and hybrids — along with the introduction of autonomous vehicles — suggest there is potential for disruption to a primary source of transportation infrastructure funding.  What does a future highway bill look like and are we being forced into a Vehicle-Miles-Traveled (VMT) tax? 

    An esteemed panel of industry thought leaders will take the road less traveled to share their thoughts on what the future holds and how congress can shape the future of the gas tax for generations to come.

    You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of:

    • Challenges to keep gas tax revenue flowing
    • The pros and cons of a state-by-state vs. federal gas tax policy
    • Alternative vehicle options for consumers and businesses
    • Vehicle-Miles-Traveled (VMT) as a likely candidate to replace the gas tax
    • The impact U.S. midterm elections may have on the 2021 Federal Highway Bill


    INDUSTRY IGNITE! (More to come)

    EMV at the Pump: Should you wait until 2020?
    Wayne Fueling Solutions

    Delaying EMV upgrades at the dispenser means potential market-share loss and higher fraud risk. Consumers have begun to shift their buying behavior and have quickly become used to using chip cards at the pump — likewise, crooks are identifying dispensers that are, and are not, accepting EMV chip cards.  Gain insight into upgrade costs, installation timelines, technician shortages, and why you shouldn’t wait to make EMV upgrades.


    As a benefit of membership, there is no cost to participate in the Fuel & Convenience Summit for members of the Texas Food & Fuel Association (TFFA).  General/Non-members will be assessed a participation rate of $95.  Simply register online and make your hotel reservations — we’ll take care of the rest!

    To help keep participation reduced, we ask that you plan ahead and keep TFFA informed should you register, only to have an event occur that prevents you from participating in the Fuel & Convenience Summit.  We get it — stuff happens — your assistance will ensure a smooth and budget friendly event for years to come!


    Location: Éilan Hotel & Spa | 18603 La Cantera Terrace | San Antonio, TX 78256

    Book Room Reservation online or call (210) 598-2900

    October 8 – room cut-off date

    Éilan Hotel & Spa is offering your special group rate:

    • Éilan Hotel & Spa, An Ascend Resort Collection for $205.00 per night
    • Destination Amenity Fee waived - please disregard on guest confirmation
    • Valet Parking Reduced to $20.00/per night

  • Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

    Monday, October 29

    9:00 am – 3:30 pm

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Executive Council Meeting

    11:15 am
    Board Lunch

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Board Meeting

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    TDA Crack Down on Fuel Quality Inspections

    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
    Refuel & Refresh

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Technology-Driven Fuel Reconciliation: Using the SIR Method in Texas

    4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
    Refuel & Refresh

    4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
    Texas Legislature and You: An Open Discussion on Priorities of the 86th Legislative Session

    4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
    Wranglers Council Meeting

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,
    Networking Reception

    Tuesday, October 30

    7:30 am – 3:30 pm

    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Summit Breakfast w/Keynote Speaker Andrew Lipow

    9:15 am – 10:15 am
    Implications of Electric Vehicles on Gas Tax Revenue and Transportation Infrastructure

    10:15 am – 10:30 am
    Power Break

    10:30 am – 11:30 am

    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
    Summit Luncheon w/Guest Speaker

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Industry Ignite!

    2:00 - 2:15
    Snack Attack

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    Transportation Session

    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
    Sponsor Social

    3:30 - 4:30

    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Summit Social

    Wednesday, October 31

    7:30 am – 1:00 pm
    PAC Golf Tournament
    La Cantera Golf Club


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