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    Phil Lampert to Speak at 2009 PCATS Conference

    National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition executive to speak at luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Executive Director Phillip Lampert, executive director of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC), will be the Wednesday luncheon speaker at The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) Annual Conference, being held Jan. 26-29, 2009.

    His luncheon presentation, Ethanol: The Only Growth Sector of Transportation Fuels, is scheduled on Jan. 28, from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Lampert is a frequent participant on federal agency panels and Congressional hearings dealing with energy and environmental issues and promotes the use of E85 and other high level blends of ethanol across the nation. He has been engaged with the NEVC since February 1993.

    NEVC is the primary national advocacy group advancing the use of 85 percent ethanol as a form of alternative transportation fuel. The NEVC is comprised of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, the National Corn Growers Association, state corn growers associations, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Nissan, equipment manufacturers, ethanol producers and distributors. The NEVC supports the production of ethanol from both agricultural commodities and biomass.

    "This is truly a historic milestone for PCATS and we are glad that we can be a part of this vital industry conference," said Lampert. "I applaud PCATS and their commitment to the industry as well as their motor fuels technology standards efforts. We appreciate the progress made with industry payment system product codes to include renewable fuels."

    The four-day gathering also features luncheon speakers Dr. Suzanne Miller, president of TurboPCI, and Michael Davis, vice president of member services for NACS -- The Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing. The conference addresses payment card industry compliance planning, how to build a successful business case, the essentials of bare bones project management, as well as business and technical challenges and solutions.

    "If you haven't attended the PCATS Annual Conference before, this is the year to come," said retiring PCATS Executive Director and CEO John C. Hervey. "This is one of the most significant industry meetings for those in the convenience petroleum retail channel. We are looking forward to celebrating our accomplishments and success over the last five years since the inception of PCATS as a non-profit association."

    The PCATS 5th Anniversary and five-year member celebration is being held on Tuesday night at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- Universal CityWalk -- an exclusive event for conference attendees only.

    To view the full 2009 PCATS Annual Conference agenda and register to attend, visit www.pcats2009.org. Prior to Jan. 15, the registration rate for one day is $225 and the full conference fee for two or more days is $350. After Jan. 15, registration rates are $275 and $395, respectively. The Orlando Hotel and Conference serves as the host hotel.

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