• Fuel & Convenience Summit

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  • STORY BEHIND THE FUEL & CONVENIENCE SUMMIT

    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.

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    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

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    • 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

    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! 

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    Join the discussion and hear from some of the industry's brightest minds shaping the convenience and fueling industries in Texas.  The educational program on day 1 of the Fuel & Convenience Summit include a short presentation and allow ample time for discussion, brainstorming, and idea-sharing.  Bring your questions, concerns, and comments during any one of the three sessions held on October 29.

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    TDA’s Weights & Measure and Fuel Quality Programs – Where do we go from here?

    Presented by TFFA Wholesale and Retail Operations Councils

    Moderator
    Scott B. Fisher, Sr. VP Policy & Public Affairs, TFFA

    Panelists
    Wes Nance, Petroleum Solutions, Inc.
    Mike Thornton, D&H United Fueling Solutions
    Terry Harrah, CEFCO
    Aaron Kubitscheck, Willborn Tank & Fuel Systems

    The passage of HB 2174 to privatize the Weights/Measures and Fuel Quality inspection functions of TDA has proven difficult to implement.  This is your opportunity to weigh in on the future of these programs.  Licensed Service Contractors (LSC), wholesale & retail fuel sustainability marketers, and convenience store operators are highly encouraged to attend this discussion.  During this session, participants will gain insight into TDA programs, rules, and enforcement, including:

    • Fixes to House Bill 2174
    • Potential new rules on LSC’s
    • Auditing of LSC’s
    • Penalties assessed by TDA
    • Skimming inspections

    3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
    Understanding the New UST Rules

    Presented by TFFA Wholesale and Retail Operations Councils

    Moderator
    Scott B. Fisher, Sr. VP Policy & Public Affairs, TFFA

    Panelists
    John Keller, Petroleum Solutions, Inc.
    Andy Tait, TAIT Environmental
    Susan Jablonski, Area Director — Field Operations Central Texas, TCEQ
    Doug Reske, PST Team Leader, TCEQ
    Liz Vanderwerken, Program Specialist — Field Operations Program Support, TCEQ

    During this must-attend discussion, participants will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face, ask questions, share concerns, and hear directly from policymakers at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on the implementation of the new Underground Storage Tank (UST) rules. This discussion session is crucial for TCEQ and owners/operators in working together to develop Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) policies that make sense.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • The 30 day requirement and what it means for SIR users/providers
    • Inventory Control requirements: Analysis, physical verification, evaluation, investigation, and findings
    • TCEQ Enforcement Criteria on the new rule implementation.
    • UST Operator Training
    • Developing a plan of action to ensure 100% tank monitoring compliance while reducing fuel losses

    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Texas Legislature and You: An Open Discussion on Priorities of the 86th Legislative Session

    Presented by TFFA Legislative Council

    Panelists
    Rodney Fischer, Midtex Oil, L.P.
    Matt Burgin, Director of Government Relations, TFFA
    Paul Hardin, President/CEO, TFFA
    Scott B. Fisher, Sr. VP Policy & Public Affairs, TFFA

    Join TFFA’s grassroots advocacy efforts by sharing issues of importance to you and your business.  In a recent legislative survey, TFFA members shared their highest priorities — credit card skimming, motor fuels tax, and TDA/HB 2174 ranked as the top three.

    Legislative Advocacy on behalf of our industries is one of the primary functions of the Texas Food & Fuel Association.

    Whether you own a convenience store, operate a fuel distributorship, or offer a foodservice program; it is important to remember that what happens at the Capitol doesn’t stay at the Capitol.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to tell TFFA what keeps you up at night so that your interests are represented during the upcoming Texas Legislative Session.

  • 9:15 am – 10:15 am
    Implications of Electric Vehicles on Gas Tax Revenue and Transportation Infrastructure (Download presentation)

    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

    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    The Future of Consumer and Commercial Mobility (Download presentation)

    Rob Smith, IHS Markit

    The US retail fuel sector is at an inflection point.  Improving vehicle efficiency, fuel substitution, slowing population growth, and broader demographic trends represent “slow burn” changes to the traditional business model of retailers.  However, even more potentially disruptive changes are on the horizon in the form of autonomous vehicles and a deeper shift in “mobility” itself.  This session will discuss these looming shifts and what it could mean for fuel marketers and retailers.


    1:30 – 2:00 pm
    Industry Ignite!

    In this nontraditional session, five presenters will each have 5 minutes to challenge the curious mind in a learning format that's fast, fun, and focused.  During this rapid-fire session, subject-matter experts will each discuss a topic that is guaranteed to leave you with ideas worth sharing.

    EMV at the Dispenser — Why Act NOW (Download presentation)
    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.

    5 Most Contaminating and Damaging Trends Facing the “Fuel Distribution Life Cycle from Conception to Consumption (Download presentation)
    Dr. Ron Sickels, Relevant Fuel Solutions

    The Cost of Upgrading (Download presentation)
    Patriot Capital

    Biodiesel: Trending in Texas (Download Presentation)
    Andrew Lewis, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

    So Long Trainee, Hello UST Expert! (Download presentation)
    Andy Tait, TAIT Environmental
    C-store operators are required to meet minimum training requirements when it comes to Underground Storage Tanks (UST) — no easy task in today’s fast paced world.  Saying goodbye to untrained staff has never been easier with a new 2 hour online training platform that is designed to save you time and money, so you can get trained and get back to business!

    How Secure is Your Network?, Petroleum Solutions, Inc.


    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    America’s Driver Shortage & Transportation Economics: A One-on-One Conversation with Transportation-Titan Reggie Dupré (Download presentation)

    Reggie Dupré, CEO, Dupré Logistics, LLC


    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Strategic Planning...in a Rapidly Changing Industry! (Download presentation)

    Francis Bologna, Francis Bologna & Associates, LLC

    Come and participate in an interactive Executive Briefing about the current realities of our rapidly changing Marketer industry viewed through the prism of strategic planning.   Discover why so many of us fail at this planning process.  Take away from this session the “how’s” so that you and your senior management can strategically plan for the future.   Gain valuable insights, including a disciplined process as to how to “peer into the future” in order to assure yourself and your team the course you are setting is the right one … is the strategic one!  

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  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am (Breakfast)
    The Gulf Coast Boom: Petroleum, Pipelines, and Prices (Download presentation)

    Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates

    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.


    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (Luncheon)  
    Texas Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. (R-New Braunfels)

    Gain insight into state politics and legislative initiatives on the horizon for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session as we welcome the Honorable Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. — Sen. Campbell represents Senate District 25, a six county district which includes parts of San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin.  Sen. Campbell currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee, in addition to serving on the Senate Business & Commerce, Education, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University and in 2012 she became just the fifteenth woman ever elected to serve in the Texas Senate.  

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