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    PEI Introduces Online Training Program

    Course helps petroleum operators better understand their equipment with video, interactive quizzes and more.

    TULSA, Okla. -- The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) previewed a new online training program at the 2005 NACS Show in Las Vegas. The PEI Learning Center is an Internet-based learning program designed to help owners and operators of petroleum storage systems better understand their equipment. Each course features streaming video, interactive quizzes and downloadable support material.

    The training is geared toward the owners and operators of gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops, fueling depots -- any facility that stores or dispenses automotive fuel.

    "Until now there has been no standardized training available for the tank owner and operator," Robert Renkes, executive vice president of PEI, announced. "These courses allow owners, managers and employees to learn the mechanics of proper maintenance and operation of their underground petroleum storage systems."

    Each course is compiled with input from a panel of industry consultants, equipment manufacturers, installers, distributors, service companies, tank owners and environmental regulators. Courses currently available pertain to automatic tank gauges, single-walled pressure systems, secondary containment and spill/overfill protection. "These are just the first offerings in our course catalog that debuts December 1," said Renkes. "Future courses are already being planned."

    Courses are priced at $79 each and generally can be completed in one hour. Quantity discounts and customized solutions are also available. To learn more, visit www.pei.org/learn or contact the Petroleum Equipment Institute.

    In other PEI news, the members of the Petroleum Equipment Institute elected J. Stephen Hieber as president and Calvin Bishop as vice president of the organization during its annual membership meeting in Las Vegas. Bruce F. Larson was appointed PEI treasurer. J. Stephen Hieber is president of PWI Incorporated of New Oxford, Penn. Calvin H. Bishop is president of D&H Pump Service Inc., El Paso, Texas. Bruce F. Larson is president of The Oscar W. Larson Co. of Clarkston, Mich.

    Eight new district directors were elected to the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Board of Directors. Balloting was completed this summer. The newly elected directors were installed during PEI’s 55th annual convention and exposition held Nov. 16-18 in Las Vegas.

    The new directors include: Mark Babcock, vice president of operations, Adams & Fogg Oil Equipment Co. Falmouth, Maine; Joey Cheek, president of JMP Solutions, Tampa, Fla.; Kevin R. McKinney, president of McKinney Petroleum Equipment Inc. Mobile, Ala.; Fred Seymour, president of J-8 Equipment Co., Denver, Colo.; Dennis Rethmeier, president of Western Pump Inc., San Diego, Calif.; Ian Burton, vice president sales and marketing, carwash division, Nu*Star Inc., Shakopee, Minn.; John B. Millet, Jr., president of Austin Mohawk and Company Inc., Utica, N.Y.; and Gene Pope, president of Pope & Associates, Tampa, Fla.

    The eight new directors will join seven incumbent directors on the board. Beginning the second year of their two-year term, incumbent directors include: J.J. (Jody) Porter, sales manager, E.O. Habhegger Company, Inc., Yeadon, Penn.; William C. Morgan, president of Collins Equipment Corp., Cleveland, Ohio; Jerry Tigges, president, Oil Equipment Company, Madison, Wis.; Jeff W. Leatherman, president of Dallas Pump Service & Supply, Dallas, Texas; Al Eichorn, vice president sales, PMP Corporation, Avon, Conn.; Robert J. Milo, president/CEO, Universal Valve Company Inc., Elizabeth, N.J.; and Dwight D. Rutledge, owner of Rutledge & Associates, Kingwood, Texas.

    Other Board members include Kirk N. Mercer, president of R.W. Mercer Company, Jackson, Mich., as PEI’s former president, and Robert N. Renkes, PEI executive vice president, Tulsa, Okla.

    PEI, an international trade association for distributors, manufacturers and installers of equipment used in petroleum marketing and liquid-handling operations, is comprised of more than 1,661 companies engaged in the manufacture and distribution of equipment used in petroleum marketing operations. Members are located in 50 states and 81 countries.

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