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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The board of directors for the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) named Jennifer Breech Rhoads the new president and CEO of the organization, succeeding Roger Dreyer, who retired earlier this month.
Rhoads has served as the association's chief legal counsel since 1999. Her appointment was effective Sept. 21, 2009. She is the first woman to be named president and CEO of the organization in its 90-year history, according to the association.
"Jennifer has been a dedicated and talented leader at OPMCA for 10 years," James Patneau Jr., chairman of the board of directors and owner of Free Enterprises Inc., said in a statement. "Her leadership skills and commitment are evident to all who meet her. She was the unanimous choice of the search committee."
As general counsel of OPMCA, she was responsible for handling regulatory and legal issues for the industry. Rhoads worked closely with state agencies, lawmakers and other regulators on behalf of the association's membership.
Prior to the OPMCA, Rhoads was assistant attorney general under Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery.
"We have great confidence in Jennifer's leadership," Mark Lyden, president, truenorth and former OPMCA board chairman, said in a statement. "Her talent and personal qualities, as well as her experience and knowledge of the industry, will allow for a seamless transition. Her vision will set the stage for a strong future."
In her new role, Rhoads will provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of policies; oversee all functions including advocacy, legal, operations, finances, membership and communications; and serve as the chief association administrator.
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