Georgia Tank & Equipment Contractors Association


Friday February 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM EST

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Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel 
100 General McIntosh Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31401

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Bill Greer 

GTEC 2017 Convention

GTEC has a convention every other year. We try to stay within the state to make it easier for our regulators. Please register at your earliest convenience. Make sure you register in time to pay the early bird fee.  We must receive the registration form and the payment before February 6 to receive the early bird fee.

Convention Agenda

Friday, February 24, 2017

 12:30 -  5:00 PM - Convention Sign-in 

 This year our hotel is the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel.  The hotel address is 100 General McIntosh Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401 and the phone number is  912-233-7722. 

 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM  -  Afternoon Seminar  -  Publications Impacting Petroleum Equipment Contractors 

  Last convention we reviewed all the PEI Recommended Practices.  This was well received, and so we will continue with this theme by giving a review of the publication changes that will impact petroleum equipment contractors.  This will be presented by a special panel that will include  Bill Greer, GTEC Executive Director; Kevin Henderson, Former Mississippi Regulator and now has his own consulting company that is nationally recognized;  Jason Pritchett, Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office; and others to be confirmed.

 The new EPA UST rules  -  as a Petroleum Equipment Service Provider what do the new regulations mean to you?  What exactly do the new rules require?   

 A new RP-1200, Recommended Practices for Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities is being published.  Find out how it ties in with the new rules.

 RP-100,  Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems.  Extensive changes will be discussed.  Scheduled to be available by the convention.

A revised RP-900, Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems is due out in December and includes water management practices for storage systems and how RP-900 can be used as a code of practice to meet EPA’s walkthrough requirements.

Georgia has yet to publish it’s updated fire code but it should happen soon and possibly before convention time.  Find out what the changes will be.


NFPA is editing its NFPA 30A Service Station fire code. Find out about the changes that will impact petroleum equipment companies; such as, mobile refueling, classified areas, impact valves, shop-fabricated ASTs, new repair garage requirements.

6:00 PM - Social Time - Cash Bar

6:30 PM - Dinner - Seafood Feast at the Marriott - Dinner consists of the following: Salad: Four Selections: Farmer's Field Green Salad with Choice of Dressing, Spicy Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Tomato and Onion Vinaigrette; Traditional Low Country Boil to Include: A Combination of Shrimp, Andouille Sausage and Smoked Sausage, Southern Style BBQ Chicken, Fried Catfish, Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn-on-the-Cob, Red Beans and Rice, Hushpuppies; Dessert: Three Selections: Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Ultimate Chocolate Mousse Cake; Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Signature Teas and Iced Tea.

7:30 PM (approx): After Dinner - Special Guest Speaker - Angela Holland - President of The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) - Angela will speak to us about what’s happening at GACS and what she sees for the future of the petroleum marketing industry in Georgia.

8:00 PM (approx): After Dinner - $1,000 Cash Prize Draw Down - Each registered paying attendee and his/her registered spouse may purchase a raffle ticket
for $25 per person. Everyone's name will be on a card which will be placed in a raffle drum. Everyone will stand up and as names are called, those individuals will sit down. Last person standing will win the $1,000 cash prize. Other cash prizes will be given to the first name called and the last name before the winner. You have to be 21 or older to play.

After the draw down, come to the Hospitality Suite (Room 704) for fellowship and refreshments.

Saturday, Feb 25

 7:30 AM - Breakfast at the Marriott  -  Our full buffet breakfast will consist of:  Juices, Seasonal Fruits, Cereals and Milk, Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Onions, Sausage Links and Bacon, Potatoes, Danish Pastries, Muffins and Croissants, Coffee and Tea.  Spouses are also invited to the breakfast and should have signed up for it when they registered. 

 8:15 AM  -  Saturday Seminar  -  Welcome and Announcements and Cash Door Prizes (so don't be late).

 8:30 AM  -  Regulatory Update  -  Our Georgia Regulators will be present to update us on various issues.  Our invited regulators include:  from GA EPD UST Program:  Lon Revall, Richard Strickfaden,  Shaheer Muhanna, Kelly Adams, Ron Wallace;  From GA Fire Marshal's Office:  Jason Pritchett;  From Georgia EPD Air Quality Program:  Bassey Udosen;  From the Georgia State Laboratory - Fuels Issues:  David Au.

 9:45 AM  -  Break -   Door Prizes

 10:00 AM  -  Kevin Henderson who was on our panel Friday afternoon.  Today, he will speak on "The New EPA UST Regs  -  What I Would Do If I were a Petroleum Equipment Contractor."   Kevin will talk about the new regs and discuss how you would describe the service to the UST Owner to meet the rules requirement.   Would you market each individual item or would you offer a "New UST Regulation Compliance Assistance Package."   So basically, Friday Kevin discussed  "The New EPA UST Regulations  -  what are they?"  And today he will discuss: "The New EPA UST Regulations  -  How to Market Them to Your UST Owner Customers".

  11:00 AM -  Rick Long -  At the recent PEI Convex in Atlanta, Rick Long took over the reins of leadership of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) from Executive Vice President, Bob Renkes, as the General M
anager and Associate General Counsel of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), a position he has held since April of 2009. Rick also serves as Editor-in- Chief of the TulsaLetter and the PEI Journal and has been tapped by the association's board of directors to become PEI Executive Vice President upon Bob Renkes' retirement on June 1, 2017.Prior to joining PEI, Rick owned and operated a Tulsa-based firm that provided marketing, communications and strategic services for leading for-profit organizations and non-profit associations, including PEI.  During his career, he has written hundreds of articles advising small businesses on management, marketing, legal issues and technical matters.  Rick earned a Bachelor's of Science degree, with high honors, from Southern Methodist University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from the University of Texas in Austin. Before entering the world of communications and association management, Rick practiced law in Tulsa.  Rick's presentation is entitled: 


Fuels, Payments and Techs: Today and Tomorrow

The equipment used to store, meter and dispense fuel has come a long way since 1951 when the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) was founded. But the association’s commitment to the distributors and contractors who sell, install and service that equipment remains as strong as ever. Today, PEI is helping the industry address a dizzying array of challenging questions. What does the future hold for mid- and high-level ethanol fuel blends? Can we expect electric vehicles or vehicles powered by other alternative fuels to gain a strong foothold in the market—and if so, what does that mean for the industry? How are payment technologies like EMV and mobile-pay likely to impact contractors’ businesses in the next few years? And how in the world can the industry find enough service technicians to handle the growing volume of work that needs to be done? This presentation looks at today’s biggest questions—with an eye toward the future.

Saturday afternoon is free for sight seeing, shopping resting, etc.

Saturday Evening,  Feb 26 -  Savannah Riverboat Cruise and Dinner and Entertainment

6:00 PM  -  Boarding

7:00 PM  -  Sailing and Dinner  -  Sit back and relax while the newest Riverboat, the Savannah Queen slowly takes you down the Savannah River. Enjoy a buffet dinner with something to satisfy everyone's taste buds! Menu selections include Prime Beef,  Savannah Style Shrimp and Grits; Lemon and Artichoke Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast; Fresh Catch of the Day ; Fresh Squash Casserole;, Assorted Side Salads; Garden Salad with Dressings and Toppings; Fresh Cut Fruit Display; Bread Service, Choice of Dessert Service. Iced Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, or Lemonade.   After dinner, snap your fingers, tap your feet or get up and dance to the tunes from the 50's through today performed by the Riverboat entertainers. Feel free to venture to the third deck and enjoy the calm Savannah evenings with amazing sights and sounds of historic Savannah.
 After the cruise, come to the Hospitality Suite  (Room 704) for fellowship and refreshments.

Sunday, Feb 27  -  Depart for Home
Hotel Checkout  -  Many of us have established a Sunday tradition of going to Huey’s on River Street for their famous Beignets and great Coffee.  Join us at 9:00 AM.  They do not usually set up for large groups, but we should be able to reserve a few large tables.  Everyone is responsible for their own tab.    No other planned events.  Have a safe trip home.


Fees:  Include Friday afternoon Seminar with breaks, Friday Evening Dinner with Guest Speaker, Friday Drawdown Event Prizes, Friday Evening Hospitality Suite with beer and wine and snacks, Saturday AM breakfast, Saturday AM breaks,  Saturday AM door prizes, Sat AM Seminar with two keynote speakers, Saturday Evening Riverboat Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment, Saturday Evening Hospitality Suite with beeer and wine and snacks.

GTEC Member:                    $300              

GTEC Member Spouse      $220

Non-Member                         $350

Non-member Spouse          $250

Extra Attendees must have at least one full seminar attendee.from the same company.

Extra  Attendee Friday Seminar only       $75

Extra Attendee Sat AM Seminar only       $75

Extra Attendee for Both Seminars only    $100

Vendor Table for Fri PM Seminar and Sat AM Seminar  $50          Tables only - no full display backdrops.  Vendor must have a product or service that is marketed to Petroleum Equipment Contractors.

Note:  There is a late charge after February 6, 2017.  To get the early bird fee both the registration and the payment must be received prior to this date.

Sponsorships :    

We could not do this convention without the sponsors that we have.  If we did not have sponsors, we would have to charge so much to the attendees that we would not have enough people sign up for the convention.  

Sponsors will receive a special badge ribbon, will be recognized at meetings, will be listed on the special sponsor sign, will be listed in the convention handout and will be listed on the web site convention page.  Sponsors who are Silver and above will also receive a free vendor table if they want it.  Draw down extra prizes donators will not be shown as sponsors.  They will be recognized as their prize is given away at the drawdown.

Following are the sponsorship items available.

Event Sponsor                           $600.00

Events:  (First Come - Choose)

Friday Evening Speaker

Hospitality Suite, Beer & Wine & Snacks

Saturday AM Breakfast

Friday and Saturday Break Refreshments

Saturday Keynote Speakers (2)

Drink Tickets for Riverboat Cruise

Platinum Sponsor                      $500.00

Gold Sponsor                             $400.00

Silver Sponsor                            $300.00

General Sponsor                         $200.00

Draw Down Extra Prizes            $100.00

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