The Association for Arizona's fuel distribution and convenience store industries.
The Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association’s roots date back to 1967, when Arizona joined the regional group known as the Intermountain Oil Marketers Association (IOMA).
In 1968, Jay Whiting of the Whiting Brothers jobbership served the inaugural term as State Director of IOMA.
In 1970, the Arizona Oil Marketers became a state branch of IOMA and in 1976, Wilford Cardon of Cardon Oil became the first State President of Arizona’s association.
In 1998, the group adopted its current name, the Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association (APMA). In 2007, APMA separated from the regional group and struck out on its own.
Also in 2007, the APMA Board of Directors created the APMA Scholarship Foundation. To date, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to APMA members’ employees and their children, subject to meeting continued eligibility requirements.
In 2014, the APMA Board of Directors formed APMA PAC. It is a state level political action committee that collects and distributes personal contributions to Arizona elected officials. In its first two years in existence, it raised more than $15,000.
APMA was formed to foster a cooperative spirit among marketers and distributors, to represent them in their contact with local, state and national governments, to provide information to members about trends, practices, regulations and laws affecting them and to deliver other membership benefit services.
APMA is also a part of a national federation, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA). PMAA represents forty-six state and regional petroleum marketing trade groups at the national level before federal agencies, Congress and national groups.
The association is led by a volunteer group of industry Officers and Directors. Andy Pala, Andrea Martincic, Brian Bailey and Amanda Gray have worked on behalf of APMA member companies as Executive Directors.
Over the past fifty years, APMA has grown in influence, numbers and stature. APMA encompasses everything from single station owners to large wholesalers and retailers with transport and retail sectors, as well as all of the diverse companies that touch on the petroleum marketing field.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
October Meeting and Luncheon
Join APMA for a meeting and luncheon event on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Phoenix Country Club.
Presentations will include a conference recap, legislative session preview and more.
This week, the FDA released a notice that extends compliance and enforcement of the menu labeling rule until May 7, 2018. FDA enforcement of the menu labeling rule was expected to begin on May 5, 2017. The delay is good news for convenience store owners as it allows more time for Congress or the Administration to correct the onerous requirements.
In the interim rule, FDA explains the delay “enable[s] us to consider how we might further reduce the regulatory burden or increase flexibility while continuing to achieve our regulatory objectives, in keeping with the Administration’s policies.” The delay of the rule is consistent with the executive orders that the President has released that are designed to reduce regulatory burdens.
The Fuels Institute has released an updated analysis of the E85 market, titled Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance, July 2014 – August 2015. It provides an analysis of the E85 retail market over a 13-month period from 620 retail locations.
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.
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.