Director Report – Scholarship Awards

APMA Scholarship Foundation Awards $52,000 in Scholarships

The Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association is thrilled to announce that the APMA Scholarship Foundation (“the Foundation”) has made its 2017 scholarship awards to eleven students worth $52,000 if eligibility requirements are satisfied.

“That is significantly more than what some national petroleum associations are giving out in scholarship dollars,” said Foundation President Dave Alexander of Caljet. “We are pleased to be able to provide financial assistance to worthy students investing in their futures.”

Since its inception in 2007, the APMA Scholarship Foundation has paid out over $250,000 in scholarship awards.

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Director Report – Election Outcomes

APMA Election Outcomes

APMA’s recently elected Officers and Directors for the July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 period include the following Officers and Directors.


President – Jason Davis, Arizona Fuel Distributors
Vice President – Michelle Bloom, Western Refining
Vice President – Shawn Frate, Jackson Energy
Vice President Emeritus – Bill Champlin, Retired
PMAA Director – Warren Lueth, Senergy Petroleum
Treasurer – Dave Alexander, Caljet
Past President – Lenora Nelson, Bennett Oil Company

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Director Report – 50th Anniversary

APMA Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

2017 marks a milestone anniversary for APMA – the association started 50 years ago. In 1967, a group of oil jobbers sought to improve their businesses and their industry by coming together. Today, more than 125 member companies support APMA.

Those who have been around the industry throughout that time have seen and survived enormous change.

In the upcoming year, stay tuned for some glimpses down memory lane from APMA member companies. If you have photographs or other memories to share, please contact Amanda.

Director Report – Fuel Tax Increase

Potential Arizona Fuel Tax Increase

We are anticipating a potential big legislative battle in the upcoming session. We are expecting a major push for a fueltax increase this year, sponsored by Senator Bob Worsley.  Per the recommendations detailed below, the bill may include a substantial 36 cents per gallon increase, future tax indexing and a new 11% sales tax on fuel sales.

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Director Report – 2017 Event Dates

2017 APMA Events Dates Released

Association Events

  • APMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 27 (12:45 pm shotgun start) at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • PMAA Washington Conference and Day on the Hill on Wednesday, May 17 – Friday, May 19 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC
  • APMA Annual Conference and Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 10 – Tuesday, September 12 at the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock & Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Arizona

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Report – Conference Recap
APMA 2016 Conference Wrap Up

Hope you did not miss the APMA Annual Conference and Golf Tournament this year!  We returned to Sedona for two and a half days of networking, learning and laughing.


Director Report – UST Operator Training
Registration Is Open for Operator Training

APMA and PMMIC Insurance are pleased to announce that we are teaming up to offer two UST Class A and B Operator Training classes next month.

Prescott Training

October 11

Bennett Oil Company
810 E Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301

Phoenix/Chandler Training

October 12

Holiday Inn – Portofino Room
1200 W Ocotillo Road
Chandler, AZ 85248



Director Report – Gosar Tour
US Congressman Gosar Takes Fuel Infrastructure Tour

APMA coordinated a tour of Arizona’s fuel infrastructure for US Congressman Paul Gosar on Thursday, August 4.  APMA Officers Jason Davis, Michelle Bloom and Dave Alexander greeted the Congressman, joined by his wife Maude and staffer Penny Pew, and discussed fuel industry logistics and issues.

Gosar then visited Caljet’s terminals and loading racks and then followed a Senergy tanker to drop a load of diesel at a nearby cardlock site.


Director Report – Conference Registration
Registration for the 2016 APMA Annual Conference and Golf Tournament Is Now Open!!
Sponsorships and Registration are now available for the APMA Annual Conference and Golf Tournament.  Don’t miss out on APMA’s biggest event of the year and return to gorgeous Sedona!


September 11-12

Sedona Hilton at Bell Rock

Golf Tournament

September 13 

Sedona Golf Resort



Director Report – Washington Day on the Hill
PMAA Washington Conference Recap

On May 18 – 20, APMA members traveled to Washington DC as a part of PMAA’s Washington Conference and Day on the Hill.  We had successful meetings with 8 of Arizona’s 11 Congressional and Senate delegation.  Find out more about who we met with and what we covered in the Summer edition of the Fuel Monitor magazine.

APMA PAC Night Golf Outing
APMA PAC Night Golf Outing

Join APMA PAC for its first fundraiser event!

9 holes of night golf, an LED ball and BBQ dinner included.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Continental Golf Club

Scottsdale, AZ

$100 per player (personal funds required)


Director Report – Skimmers
Skimmers Training and Legislative Changes

It is critical that fueling facilities are vigilant in inspecting for tampering with pumps once every day.

If a skimmer device is found, employees should be trained to do the following immediately:

  1. DO NOT TOUCH the suspected skimming device;
  2. Turn off the fuel dispenser and place it out of service;
  3. Call Weights and Measures (602-771-4920) and local police, as well as the contact point at your company;
  4. Without touching the device, take photographs of it.

It is also helpful to save all video surveillance and print out the last receipt from the dispenser.

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Director Report
UST Time Barred Claim Update

ADEQ has launched the eligibility guide sheet and application form for submission of time-barred claims, a critical industry-driven component of the new UST Revolving Fund Program.

To determine if you may have an time-barred claim eligible for reimbursement, review the guidance sheet and prior state funding spreadsheet.

The application format was designed to organize corrective action data into a format conducive to efficient review.

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Director Report – Williams Retained
Williams and Associates Retained by APMA for 2016

APMA has retained Williams and Associates to continue its representation of the association during the 2016 legislative session.  After a highly productive session last year, the association is excited to work with Mike Williams and his team again.  APMA’s Legislative Committee will be meeting after the December Monthly Luncheon to review APMA’s legislative priorities.  Bill Champlin, retired from HollyFrontier, servces as Legislative Committee Chair and Mark Ellery, Caljet, serves as Vice-Chair.  If you would like to be involved with the Committee, please contact APMA.

Director Report – #FuelMatters
#FuelMatters – PMAA’s Social Media Campaign 

Recently, the #FuelMatters campaign officially began and PMAA would like to ask you for a little help in jump starting the conversation about motor and heating fuels.

►What is #FuelMatters? #FuelMatters is a social media conversation resource provided to PMAA members. This campaign was created to highlight national fuel and heating oil ​topics and to place them in the social media arena. Our goal is to assist you with participation in social media by providing content each week that can be posted on association, corporate and/or personal social media pages.

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Director Report – APMA Conference
APMA 2015 Conference Registration is Open!!

Sponsorships and Registration are now available for the APMA 2015 Annual Conference and Golf Tournament.  Don’t miss out on APMA’s biggest event of the year at a stunning new venue!


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Director Report – UST Program
New UST Program Signed into Law

In April of 2015, the Arizona Legislature passed and Governor Ducey signed HB2636 which includes continuation of the penny per gallon Underground Storage Tank throughput fee, creation of a new and improved UST Program and payment of time barred claims for reimbursement made by responsible owners and operators.

The new program, which begins January 1, 2016, extends the penny UST fee until 2024, creates a preapproval and new reimbursement process for future claims, provides a one-time opportunity for reimbursement of time barred claims, gives owners and operators the option of conducting a baseline assessment on their sites, provides grants for tank pulls, baselines and release investigations and ensures ADEQ is adequately funded to do inspections and clean ups for orphan sites.

APMA drafted this UST Program Brief and will be hosting UST Workshops in September in Tucson and October in Phoenix.  To become an APMA member or learn more about implementation of the new program, contact Amanda Gray, APMA’s executive director at the information listed below.

Director Report – Sch Fnd Golf
REGISTER NOW for Scholarship Golf Tournament 
With only THREE WEEKS left to register and less than FOUR WEEKS until Tournament Day, sign up for the Scholarship Golf outing ONLINE TODAY.  
Join APMA for its biggest charity fundraiser of the year benefitting the APMA Scholarship Foundation, which provides continuing education scholarships to APMA member companies’ employees and their children.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:30 pm Shotgun Start
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ
Hope you can participate – and please forward event details to anyone you know who might be interested in joining us.

Director Report – March Luncheon
March Luncheon Recap 

On Tuesday, March 17, APMA members gathered for another great line up of presenters and a delicious luncheon at the Phoenix Country Club.  Kathy Boyle from ADOT Communications spoke about HURF and the future of transportation in the state; Karl Goldsmith from ADOT Enforcement and Compliance discussed the Red Diesel is not Street Diesel outreach campaign; Brock Barnhart from ADOT Communications discussed the plans for the South Mountain freeway expansion.  Michael Gillespie joined the group from AAA Arizona to speak on driving safety.


Director Report – UST Update

Major Progress on UST Legislation 

For the past several weeks, APMA, our lobbyists and John Pearce (an industry legal expert) have been meeting with ADEQ on a weekly basis to draft statutory changes to enact a new and improved Underground Storage Tank program for Arizona.  It is critical that a new program be enacted this year, because the penny per gallon UST Tax that has historically funded UST compliance, program costs, and reimbursement for corrective action costs is set to expire later this year on December 31, 2015.
Significant components of the program as currently drafted include:

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Director Report – February Luncheon
February Luncheon Recap
At this week’s APMA Monthly Luncheon and Meeting, we heard from Ryan O’Daniel (Brownstein Hyatt) with a Legislative Session update and Margaret Ghalayini (Western Refining) with a RINs and RFS overview.  O’Daniel highlighted the session so far and noted that the UST bill is moving through the process, with final program language being negotiated between APMA/industry and the Department of Environmental Quality.  Ghalayini outlined the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (RFS2), RIN production and pricing, the blendwall and more.  Click here to access her presentation.
Video: The Hall of Legislative Curiosities: Part 1 – RIN Credits (from

Director Report – UST Bill Hearing

UST Bill (HB2636) to Be Heard in House EENR Committee on Monday

With legislative deadlines approaching, APMA has worked with Legislative Council to draft a temporary striker for HB2636, our vehicle bill sponsored by Representative Rusty Bowers.  HB2636 with this striker amendment is scheduled to be heard in the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee next Monday, February 16 at 2:00 pm.   The hearing will be at the Arizona Capitol, House of Representatives (1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix), Hearing Room 1. …more »

Director Report – Scholarships
APMA Scholarship Foundation Applications

FREE MONEY AVAILABLE!!!  Spread the word at your company…. Scholarship applications are due by April 30.  Application materials available here.  

Applicants must be (1) an employee of an APMA member company or a child of an APMA member company residing in Arizona and (2) a high school senior or graduate or college student who is or will be enrolled in a full-time course of study at an accredited public or private two or four year college, university or vocational or technical school.  To receive continued payments under any scholarship, recipient must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please note that all application materials must be submitted via email.  To learn more about the Scholarship Foundation, click here.

Director Report – ADWM Stage II Planning
ADWM Stage II Decommissioning Planning

On Tuesday, December 16, ADWM held its second pre-rulemaking workshop on the planning process and procedures to decommission Stage II Vapor Recovery systems in the state.  It is anticipated that decommissioning will take place from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018, if Arizona’s SIP amendment is approved by EPA.  Michelle Wilson ran the session and her powerpoint is available here.  She noted that following the first workshop in August, she received comments requesting (1) more flexibility in timeline for decommissioning and (2) that the 2” pressure decay test be used instead of the 10” test.   …more »

Director Report – UST Session #3
ADEQ UST Stakeholder Session Update

On November 6, 2014 ADEQ held its third stakeholder meeting on the proposed new UST Program.  There was a good turn out of APMA members, including tank owners and more.  Legislative staff attended as well as a number of ADEQ staff and Director Henry Darwin.  Laura Malone, ADEQ Waste Programs Director, started the discussion. …more »

Director Report – PAC Support
State and Federal PACs Need Your Help

This fall, APMA started APMA PAC – a state political action committee.  This entity supports state level candidate campaigns for those who understand and support the issues of the petroleum marketing industry.  Our goal is that when any legislator or regulator thinks about potential legislation or rules that will affect our industry, they call APMA to get our input first.  Your support is greatly needed as we get this fund up and running!

SUPPORT APMA PAC today  (we can accept one-time or recurring credit card contributions online) 

PMAA, our national association, also runs a federal political action committee.  Our support of this fund will help elect individuals who are supportive of small business and independent petroleum marketers; support PMAA’s legislative and regulatory agenda; and remind legislators that petroleum marketers are a political force.  PMAA is closing in on its fundraising goal for the year – one last push of support will get us there!


Both APMA PAC and PMAA SBC PAC are vital tools to fight for our industry.  When legislators go to bat on our issues, it is essential that we assist them in securing re-election.  Personal (not corporate) funds are required for both PACs.  

Director Report – Endorsement Reminder
APMA Endorsements Reminder

With 2014 elections next week, APMA is reminding the membership of our endorsed candidates for state legislative races.  For more information, please contact APMA Executive Director Amanda Gray. 

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Director Report – UST Session #2
ADEQ UST Stakeholder Session Update

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, ADEQ held its second stakeholder session on the proposed new UST Program.  There was a strong turn out of APMA members, including station owners, insurance representatives and more.  Legislative staff and ADEQ Director Henry Darwin were in attendance as well.

Laura Malone, ADEQ Waste Programs Director, noted that the goal of these meetings is to form a consensus about a new UST Program.   …more »

Fuel Monitor Advertisements
Fall Fuel Monitor Ad Deadline Coming Up

Get your company’s name out to the APMA Membership, regulators and legislators!

Advertising in the Fuel Monitor, APMA’s quarterly publication, is inexpensive and beneficial both to you and APMA.  Members receive a 10% discount and 3 edition advertisers save more.  See the 2014 Fuel Monitor Rate Card and Insertion Form for Summer – Winter for more details and ad specifications.

For any questions or premium position and black and white ads, contact Alan Ring (APMA Fuel Monitor Committee) at for more information.


Director Report – 2014 Endorsements
APMA Endorsements for 2014 Legislative Elections

With 2014 elections fast approaching, APMA is pleased to announce our endorsed candidates for state legislative races.  For more information, please contact APMA Executive Director Amanda Gray. …more »

Director Report – Conference Registration
Conference Registration Open!

Sponsorships and Registration are now available for the APMA 2014 Annual Conference and Golf Tournament — Partners in Progress.  


The APMA 2014 Annual Conference and Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 7 in Sedona, Arizona.  

The Conference will be hosted at The Enchantment Resort, a five star resort nestled in the breathtaking red rocks of Boynton Canyon.  Kicking off with a welcome reception Sunday evening, followed up by educational sessions and a buffet breakfast and lunch on Monday and closing with a cocktail reception and plated dinner on Monday night.  The Enchantment is located at 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.  

Resort reservations are available now by calling 800-826-4180.  …more »

Director Report – DC Conference
Recap of 2014 PMAA DC Conference 

The Arizona Day on the Hill Delegation had an unplanned surprise during our meetings on Thursday, May 22 when the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona, John McCain, came off the Senate floor to meet with us in the ornate Senate lobby.  

After discussing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ozone standards and the Jones Act, Senator McCain gave our group an arts and history tour across the Capitol’s halls. 

The top three industry issues we addressed during our meetings included:

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Director Report – APMA Elections
APMA Election Outcomes

APMA’s recently elected Officers and Directors for the July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 year include the following Officers and website Directors.


President – Jason Davis, Arizona Fuel Distributors

Vice President – Cameron Trejo, Trejo Oil Company 

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Director Report – Scholarship Golf
APMA Scholarship Golf Tournament Was A Blast! 

Hopefully you did not miss the 2014 APMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  We had a beautiful, bright, sunny day and lots of laughs.  

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Director Report – Scholarship Golf Sign Up Open
Registration is Open for 2014 APMA Scholarship Golf Tournament

When: THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 – 7:30 am shotgun start

Where: McCormick Ranch Golf Course

Click here to sign up for golf or the awards lunch now!  Or send in the attached Golf Sponsorship and Registration FormTo sponsor, donate to the prize raffle or golf bags or to learn more – contact APMA’s Executive Director Amanda Gray at

Help APMA with its biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the APMA Scholarship Foundation, which provides continuing education scholarships to APMA member companies’ employees and their children.

Don’t golf?  Come for the awards lunch at 12:00 pm!  Registration in advance is required.

Don’t miss out on this great event!

Fuel Monitor Advertisements

Get your company’s name out to the APMA Membership, regulators and legislators!  Click Here to register now.

Advertising in the Fuel Monitor, APMA’s quarterly publication, is inexpensive and beneficial both to you and APMA.  Members receive a 10% discount and 3 edition advertisers save more.  See the 2014 Ad Rate Card for more details and ad specifications.

For any questions or premium position and black and white ads, contact Alan Ring (APMA Fuel Monitor Committee) at for more information.


Director Report – PMAA Fall Meeting
APMA Update from PMAA Fall Meeting

Warren Lueth (APMA PMAA Director; Senergy Petroleum) and Amanda Gray (APMA Executive Director) attended the PMAA Fall Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11-12, 2013.  The PMAA Board discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 and more.  For a full update, click here.

Director Report – UST Operator Training
APMA and PMMIC Announce UST Operator Training

In connection with PMMIC, APMA read is now offering Class A and B UST Operator Training!

Click Here to sign up today.

Classes will be held from 8 am to 12 pm at the following locations:

  • October 29, 2013 – Bennett Oil Company, 810 East Sheldon Street, Prescott, AZ86301.
  • October 30, 2013 – Holiday Inn, 1200 West Ocotillo Road, Chandler, AZ 85248.
  • October 31, 2013 – Best Western Plus Inn Suites, 6201 North Oracle Road,Tucson, AZ 85704.

Training costs are as follows per person:

  • $79 for Non-APMA members
  • $49 for APMA Members and their employees
  • FREE to PMMIC-insured owners and their employees (registration still required)

The training is a four hour classroom session that will be thorough, yet easily understandable and relatable.  It includes a presentation, comprehensive review, examination and certification.  More details available in the UST Operator Training Flyer.

Director Report – Conference Registration
SIGN UP NOW for the Annual Conference

The 2013 APMA Annual Conference will be October 6-8 at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona.  Click here for more details.

2013 Conference Sponsorship and Registration Forms

Director Report – Soliciting Speakers
Soliciting Speakers for 2013 Conference

The Conference Committee is seeking applicants for speaking opportunities at the APMA 2013 Annual Conference.  The Conference will be October 6-8 at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona.  Presentations will be for 30 minute time slots on Monday, October 7 in the morning hours.  We are filling both general session and breakout meeting speakers.   The Conference theme is “Fueling Change”.

Please complete and submit the Speaking Application to Amanda Gray via email or fax by 5pm on Friday, July 12, 2013.  The Committee anticipates making selections by the end of August.  Selections will be based on which presentations are most timely, informative and interesting to the APMA membership.

Director Report – Save the Date for 2013 Conference
Save the Date for the 2013 Annual Conference

We will be returning to the Enchantment Resort in Sedona from Sunday, October 6 – Tuesday, October 8.  Reserve those days in your calendar now so you can join us in the amazing red rocks of Sedona.  More information to come this summer.

If you want to join the Conference Committee, email me at

Director Report – Scholarship Applications
Scholarship Foundation Applications

Remember to spread the word at your company about the APMA Scholarship Foundation scholarship opportunity. See the “Scholarship Foundation” tab (above) for information about eligibility and  for the application.  DEADLINE EXTENDED — Applicants must postmark their submissions by April 30!

Executive Director’s Report – Save the Date for Golf Tournament
Save the Date for 2013 APMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament!

Friday, May 10, 2013 – 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Start

McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Executive Director’s Report
2013 Luncheon Calendar

Mark your calendars for APMA’s monthly luncheons and meetings in the coming year!  These events will be held at the Phoenix Country Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

January – no meeting

February 12, 2013

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Executive Director’s Report
Update on PMAA Fall Meeting

Warren Lueth, APMA’s PMAA Director, and I attended the PMAA Fall Meeting in Las Vegas on October 6-7, 2012.  The PMAA staff and State Executives from around the country were universally welcoming and friendly to me.  To learn more, visit the “Members Only” section.

Executive Director’s Report
Introducing the New Executive Director

My name is Amanda Trelstad Gray and I am the new Executive Director of the APMA.  One of the questions in my initial interview for the position was something along the lines of, “Why would a lawyer want this job?”  In case you are wondering the same thing, I would like to introduce myself by sharing a few of the reasons.
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