Women in Propane Council Announces 2017 Officers

(Washington, DC) Several propane industry leaders will begin or extend their terms on the National Propane Gas Association’s Women in Propane Council beginning January 1, 2017. During NPGA’s Fall Board Meeting, executive officers Kelly Bosak, Affirmative Action Officer at Ferrellgas and Chair of the business council, and Laurie Irish-Jones, CEO of Irish Propane and Irish Carbonic and Vice-Chair of the council were confirmed to continue their roles for calendar year 2017.  Milissa Lord, Vice President of Business Development for A.R.M. Solutions, was named as Treasurer, beginning her two-year term at the start of next year. Founding Chair, Nancy Coop, of Ferrellgas will remain on the Executive Board.    

Women in Propane (WIP) also announced committee leadership transitions in the coming months.  Jackie Hopkins, Sheldon Gas Company, will become Chair of the Programs & Events Committee and, Casandra Russo, AmeriGas, will become the committee Vice-Chair.  Loren Fenton, Ferrell North America, will Chair the Membership Committee and, Jamie Fargnoli, Ehrhart Energy, will serve as its Vice-Chair. Kim Tucker, Griffith Energy Service, was named as the Chair of the Communications & Marketing Committee. Sarah Knight, Ferrellgas, will continue her role as Project Manager of The Knowledge Exchange: WIP Mentor Network.

WIP Council Chair Kelly Bosak states, “Building on the success of two industry-wide programs introduced in 2016, the Women in Propane business council will continue to deliver programming that benefits our people and our businesses today and in the future.” Bosak goes on to say, “I am thrilled to work with talented and dedicated leaders to serve the council’s 1,000 members and the industry at large!”

Executive Officers:
Kelly Bosak, Chair (2016-2017) | Kelly Bosak is Director of Staffing & Affirmative Action Officer at Ferrellgas.  Her department supports about 200 hiring managers nationwide.  During her 14-year career at Ferrellgas, Bosak has earned the Ferrellgas Humanitarian Award for saving a young boy’s life after a plane crash, the James E. Ferrell Leadership Award and was selected to the 2012 Class of Forty Under 40 by Ingram’s magazine.
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Bosak is actively involved in the training professional community in Kansas City.  She is an active Rotarian and is also passionate about raising awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Bosak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Spanish from Kansas State University.  She maintains the professional SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. She spends her free time with her husband and 20-month-old son.

Laurie Irish-Jones, Vice-Chair (2016-2107) | Laurie Irish-Jones is the CEO of Irish Propane and Irish Carbonic located in Buffalo, New York.  Irish-Jones holds both Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees. She has had the pleasure and opportunity to work with both of her parents and three of her four sisters.  They have been working as a team since the 1990’s.
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Irish-Jones enjoys charity work and is the chairperson for the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival which supports paddling teams of breast cancer survivors. She serves on the board of The Center of Entrepreneurship at the State University of Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Council and is the past president of the International Beverage Dispensing Association and the New York Propane Gas Association. Irish-Jones is married to Tim Jones and has four children. She loves the Adirondack Mountains and spends as much time as she can at their camp with their large extended family.

Melissa Lord PicMilissa Lord, Treasurer (2017-2018) | Milissa Lord is the Vice President of Business Development for A.R.M. Solutions.  With 25 years of sales, finance, business management, credit and collections experience, Lord has extensive experience in addressing the unique needs of the propane industry.                     

Lord is a frequent contributor to industry publications, expert online forums, and is known for her forward-thinking improvements within the propane and fuel oil industries. She is an active industry volunteer serving on numerous NPGA committees and as a member of the Young Gassers Association’s Board of Directors.

Committee Leadership:
Membership Committee
Loren Fenton, Chair | Loren Fenton (pictured) is a Distribution Manager at Ferrell North America.  She has been at Ferrell North America for 6 years and has responsibility for overseeing all of the company’s pipes and storage facilities.  Fenton is married and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has enjoyed and learned during her year as vice-chair of the committee and is excited to expand her industry knowledge in her role in 2017.

Jamie Fargnoli, Vice-Chair | Jamie Fargnoli is Ehrhart Energy’s call center Customer Service Team leader.

Programs & Events Committee
Jackie Hopkins , Chair | Jackie Sheldon Hopkins (pictured) has worked at Sheldon Gas Company, a venerable, family-owned and -operated propane company in Suisun City, California, the past 12 years as a Customer Service Specialist. Hopkins is also President of her county’s Soroptimist Club. She is an avid San Francisco Bay Area sports fan and attends games whenever she can.

Casandra Russo, Vice-Chair | Casandra Russo began her career with AmeriGas as an Area Sales Manager in 2011. She is currently Assistant Area Director for Northern California.

Communications & Marketing Committee
Kim Tucker, Chair | Kim Tucker has been employed by Griffith Energy Service for 25 years and is the District Manager for their Central Maryland locations. She is currently a student of Loyola University of Maryland’s Executive MBA program.

Tucker is the current President of the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association (MAPGA) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2008. Since 2008 she has served as MAPGA’s Programs and Events Chair. Tucker has been active in NPGA’s Benchmarking Council since 2007 and represented her Benchmarking Group on the Steering Committee for three years. In 2012, she served as the first Chair of WIP’s Programs & Events Committee.

Sarah Knight, Project Manager | Sarah Knight is vice-president of Customer Experience and Employee Development at Ferrellgas. In this role, the 13-year propane industry veteran oversees the standardization and implementation of Ferrellgas’ various customer service initiatives, as well as managing a team of customer care specialists. Knight is active in the propane industry, serving as a member of the Iowa Propane Education & Research Council Board of Directors as well as Project Manager for the team developed to launch the WIP council’s nationwide mentor network pilot introduced to the industry in 2016.
Knight is a 1997 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Solon, Iowa, and have two children.

Women in Propane Council
The Women in Propane Council was established to provide positive opportunities for all members of our industry to support the advancement and success of women in every scope of business operation and professional development. More than 1,000 propane industry professionals, including men and women, are currently members of the Women in Propane Council. For more information, visit www.npga.org/WIP.

National Propane Gas Association
NPGA is the national trade association of the propane gas industry with a membership of approximately 3,200  companies, including 39 affiliated state and regional associations representing members in all 50 states. Although the single largest groups of NPGA members are retail marketers of propane gas and propane autogas, the membership includes propane producers, transporters and wholesalers, as well as manufacturers and distributors of associated equipment, containers and appliances. More than 55 million households and businesses use propane gas for space heating, water heating, cooking, outdoor recreation, and other uses. Propane gas is also used in millions of installations nationwide for commercial heating and cooking, in agriculture, in industrial processing, and as a clean alternative engine fuel for over-the-road vehicles and industrial lift trucks. For more information, visit www.npga.org.

Energy Distribution Partners Receives Excellence in Risk Management Award

(October 26, 2016) - Chicago, Illinois-based Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) has received Energi’s 2016 Excellence in Risk Management Award for being a leader in the implementation of Energi safety and risk management programs. Energi, a leading provider of Insurance and Risk Management Programs, recognized EDP as being the “Best of the Best” within the Energy industry at the Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 5, 2016.
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Energy Distribution Partners’ focused commitment to safety, implementation of risk management best practices, and willingness to learn and apply new safety techniques has enabled the company to set a future standard of excellence amongst industry peers.

About Energy Distribution Partners
Energy Distribution Partners is a growing company in America's fast-changing energy landscape – with deep experience in retail and commercial propane sales, operations and finance. The company provides safe, reliable propane service to residential and commercial customers in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. EDP is seeking partners for growth.
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About Energi
Energi Inc. is the parent company for Energi Insurance Services, Inc. (MGA, Wholesaler
& Program Manager), eRisk Solutions (LP Safety, Accident Recon, Environmental Management Services, Fire & Explosion Experts), eClaims Management (Claims TPA), eMarketing Strategies (Marketing Services Company) and eTech Services (Technology Services Company for the Insurance Industry) . Through these companies, Energi offers specialized insurance programs along with support services meant to reduce client’s long-term loss costs and enhance their productivity. Energi Inc. delivers these products to the market through a distribution strategy based on a regional network structure supported by a team of in-house sales professionals working in conjunction with 450+ independent brokers appointed in key markets.

Propane Industry Uses Pink Delivery Trucks To Support Breast Cancer Organizations Nationwide

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, BPN continues its series of profiles of the many propane companies throughout the United States that support a breast cancer-related organization or cause. BPN is pleased to highlight Griffin Oil & Propane, a local, family owned business in Virginia, that has been serving thousands of residential and commercial propane customers in the City of Suffolk and Southampton, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Surry Counties, and surrounding areas since 1938. (To read additional profiles of propane companies throughout the U.S. who are making a positive difference in the communities they serve go to BPN's Facebook and Twitter pages.)
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Several years ago, as a precursor to Breast Cancer Awareness month, Griffin Oil & Propane hit the road with a striking pink propane delivery truck and a plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from its deliveries to the American Cancer Society’s Virginia Beach office. Griffin Oil & Propane is dedicated to helping people who have been affected by any form of cancer, and the importance to keep pushing for a cure.

Today, Griffin’s pink truck rolls along an estimated 20,000 miles per year delivering propane and contributes thousands of dollars annually to the local American Cancer Society chapter. Every day as the pink truck rolls down the road or stops to make a delivery, it serves as a reminder of the thousands of people who have been affected by any form of cancer, and the importance to keep pushing for a cure.

“Cancer affects people throughout the communities we serve. Employees, neighbors, and friends all have a personal experience about how cancer has impacted their lives. As a commitment to these communities, Griffin Oil & Propane hopes our pink propane truck can serve as a reminder to the importance of cancer research, as well as a reminder of the families it has affected,” said Christiaan Pond, Vice President of Griffin Oil & Propane.
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“It is of utmost importance that the money donated stays within our communities. By donating directly to the American Cancer Society, Griffin Oil & Propane can make the biggest impact providing contributions that are used locally, and more importantly be applied where the American Cancer Society feels it is needed most,” said Pond. “This is a way Griffin can participate in a cause that is much greater than us.  Our families have been personally affected by cancer just like thousands of others all around the country. This is a situation that is all too common; hopefully seeing a big pink truck driving down the road will serve as a way to raise awareness to everyone affected.”

About Griffin Oil & Propane:
Griffin Oil & Propane is a family owned propane and fuel distributor serving western Hampton Roads since 1938. Griffin delivers propane, heating oils, diesel fuels, gasoline, and lubricants.  Griffin Oil & Propane serves residential, commercial, and agricultural customers from offices in Suffolk and Wakefield and bulk plants in Suffolk, Franklin, Wakefield, and Surry.

Crestwood Services & NCPGA Announce Fund to Assist Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Kansas City, MO (October 24, 2016) – Crestwood Services, the Supply & Logistics unit of Crestwood Equity Partners LP, recently announced the establishment of Propane Aid: North Carolina, a fund to assist victims of the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The fund, which will be managed by the North Carolina Propane Gas Association (NCPGA), will help consumers who rely on propane to heat their homes, as well as workers in the propane industry who were impacted by the storm and flooding.
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John Jessup, executive director of the NCPGA, said Crestwood donated $6,000, which is roughly the equivalent of a transport load of propane, to launch Propane Aid: North Carolina. The money will be managed and disbursed through the NCPGA to fund expenses such as fuel for propane generators needed by those who lost power; food, lodging and fuel reimbursement for propane crews working to recover lost tanks and repair damaged systems; propane used by first responders to provide shelters and shower units; and clean water for propane marketers who lost their potable water supply.

“It is very generous of Crestwood to step up to help the people of North Carolina,” said Jessup. “The devastation and subsequent flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is enormous, and many residents of our state are in desperate need of assistance. We are grateful to be able to help those in the propane industry who were impacted.”

Andy Ronald, Crestwood’s vice president of commercial development and national accounts said, “We are pleased to partner with the NCPGA to launch this fund, and we invite our colleagues across the propane industry to join us in Propane Aid: North Carolina. With additional donations by both industry suppliers and propane marketers, we can help the good people of North Carolina return to normal life more quickly. Our goal is to deploy $100,000. We look forward to having others contribute to the fund, helping us reach that goal in short order.”
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For more information on Propane Aid: North Carolina, contact John Jessup at the NCPGA, 915.787.8485 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Crestwood Services
The Supply & Logistics Business Unit of Crestwood Equity Partners LP provides reliable product flow to hundreds of propane marketers, refiners and gas processors across the United States. Crestwood's wholesale customers benefit from the market intelligence of its NGL professionals with years of industry knowledge and experience. Crestwood's professionals help propane and NGL marketers assess their needs from a supply and financial perspective and develop a comprehensive business strategy to meet those needs.

 World LPG Association Names Innovation Award Winners

The World LPG Association (WLGPA) announced two winners of its Innovation Awards from the 2015 Global Technology Conference held in Singapore last year, and they are both from the U.S.: one for an LPG-powered micro combined cooling heating and power systems and the other for LPG direct injection engine research.
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The 2016 Global Technology Conference presentations will take place Nov. 15 as part of the World LPG Forum in Florence, Italy, and WLPGA managing director James Rockall will present the awards the following day.

Randy Erwin of M-TriGen won with his submission, “LPG-Powered Micro Combined Heating and Power Systems (MCCHP). Erwin wrote that the LPG industry “faces the continued challenge of growing its demand base in a way that is not tied to the seasonal requirement for heating.” M-TriGen developed a micro tri-generation system that will allow the propane industry to meet all of the power/mechanical requirements including electricity, cooling and heating of its subscriber base at competitive prices to the electrical and natural gas industries. Erwin wrote that the tri-generation unit “is the first of its kind to provide power, heating and cooling without dependence upon the electrical grid.” Utilizing primary fuels, such as propane, M-TriGen’s PowerAire system delivers energy with 85% efficiency, twice that of the centralized power plant, which allows the production of electrical energy at prices at or below most electrical providers.

Greg Kerr of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) won for his submission, “LPG Direct Injection Research.” Kerr wrote that with grants from PERC, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) performed testing to determine the feasibility of using LPG in a modern downsized/boosted, direct-injected engine without changing hardware or engine calibrations. Kerr noted that results were favorable, so SwRI performed additional testing to demonstrate any performance or emissions distinctions “between an optimized LPG calibration and petrol in the stock calibration.”