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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Fuels Institute, an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, filled all 11 seats on its board of directors. Subsequently, the board has already begun recruiting candidates to serve on an advisory board and is defining and developing potential research projects.
Founded in February, The Fuels Institute is a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them.
Its governing structure incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, fuel retailers, fuel producers and refiners, alternative and renewable fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, consumer organizations, academics, government entities and others with expertise in the fuels and automotive industries.
The Fuels Institute’s complete board of directors is:
- Bill Douglass (chairman), managing partner, Douglass Distributing Co., Sherman, Texas;
- Jay Ricker (treasurer), chair/owner, Ricker’s, Anderson, Ind.;
- Mark DeVries, director of business development, POET LLC, Wichita, Kan.;
- Norman Herrera, manager of corporate development, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City;
- Max McBrayer, senior vice president, RaceTrac Petroleum, Atlanta;
- Jeff Morris, vice chairman of the board of directors, Alon USA, Dallas;
- Ron Sabia, president, Gulf Oil LP, Framingham, Mass.;
- Norman Turiano, principal, Turiano Strategic Consulting LLC, Cape Coral, Fla.;
- Michael Whatley, executive vice president, Consumer Energy Alliance, Washington, D.C.;
- Andy Viens, president of U.S. marketing, Phillips 66 Co., Houston; and,
- Bob Wimmer, director of energy & environmental research group, Toyota Motor North America Inc., Washington, D.C.
The goal of The Fuels Institute is to commission and publish comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects are designed to help inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market.
Additional information about The Fuels Institute is available at www.fuelsinstitute.org.