November 8, 2017

Issue #3, 2017
Dear Valued Member,
In this issue of the e-Regulator Newsletter you will find:

NJPGA Fall Board/Membership Meeting: Important Updates

Jerry Brick, Chairman of NPGA: Insights 
Jerry & Susan Brick

NPGF Scholarship:

Promoting Propane School Buses in NJ: Booth Highlights!


Welcome NJPGA's newest member!

Lineman Management, Inc.
Interested in joining NJPGA?
  Click here for application page 1 and page 2
Maggiano's Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 
Katina Pearl-Blando
NJPGA Headquarters

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Important Updates: Fall Meeting
It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the NJPGA Fall Board & Membership Meeting, on October 19. Several important topics were discussed including:
  • Suburban is no longer a member of NJPGA, due to their non-payment of dues to NPGA.
  • Our Board of Directors has a vacancy. If you are interested in this position, please email Katina Pearl-Blando at NJPGA Headquarters.
  • Marco Perez, Director, has volunteered to join the Executive Committee as Secretary.
  • The 2017-18 budget was approved, including a 5% dues increase, and a reduction in fees charged by AAI & PPAG, which together will help offset the loss of income from Suburban's membership.
  • Click here for Bill Curcio's National/State Director's Report
  • Click here for supply slide show: The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the US Winter Propane Outlook
  • Recent NJPGA-PAC donations  - $1,000 to Phil Murphy for Governor; $500 each for Oroho (R) and VanDrew (D) for Senate; and Bramnick (R) and Eustace (D) for Assembly. 
  • Thank you to all who have contributed to NJPGA-PAC. If you are interested in donating, please send a check payable to NJPGA-PAC to NJPGA Headquarters, 1255 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Building B, Suite 514, Trenton, NJ 08219
  • We invite you to recommend public servants who may be instrumental on behalf of the propane industry for NJPGA-PAC support.
  • 5 new members were confirmed:
C Three Logistics  
Lineman Management, Inc.
Robert H. Hoover & Sons  
ROUSH Clean Tech 

More info on Committee Reports - Click these links!

JerryBrickJerry Brick, Chairman NPGA:
Reflections at Fall Board/Membership Meeting
On October 19, Jerry Brick joined the board and NJPGA members at the Fall Meeting in Monroe Township, NJ. 

Chairman Brick's message emphasized the following items:
  • NPGA and PERC continue to communicate aggressively with the industry policymakers on the need for marketers to be prepared for increased winter demand.  Be sure you have contracts in place to supply your customers.  
NPGA, PERC and the state associations are currently involved in the following:

Federal Actions
  • NPGA is working with pipeline and rail groups to prioritize propane shipments during peak usage times
  • Pursuing proactive hours of service waivers at the USDOT
  • Laying the foundation for Jones Act waivers
State Level
  • Communicating with regional energy offices and policymakers with the goal of educating them about regional supply factors
Industry Level
  • PERC is updating and expanding its 2015 infrastructure study
  • PERC has created a white paper concerning "Winter Preparation"
  • NPGA posts a "inventory outlook" to its webpage
Increasing the communication and coordination between NPGA, PERC and the state associations is a key component of NPGA's new strategic plan.  Other objectives of the plan include such items as "Full Fuel Cycle" and to roll back regulations.
90 Day Criticals - NPGA's top priorities are simply a short list that tops the association's policy agenda.
  • Influence tax reform legislation for the benefit of the industry
  • Expansion of the air-mile radius component of the Short Haul Operation exemption
  • Ramp up member and policy-maker outreach on supply and infrastructure issues to ensure we are prepared for winter
  • Continue to oppose uneconomic natural gas expansion
  • Combat the "electrify everything" attitude of state legislatures and educate them at every level about the importance of full fuel cycle when determining efficiency.
Suburban & Ferrellgas - how to address this membership issue.
  • Meet with them and try to get a better understanding of the concerns of each company
  • Determine where we have common ground and try to figure a path forward
  • Be open to change
  • Stay focused on real issues that deliver real member value.  We cannot let ourselves become distracted by this membership issue.
  • Work in earnest for the return of Suburban and Ferrellgas and look forward to the day when we can again make gains as a united industry.
Jerry's wife, Susan Brick, attended the meeting as well and warmly thanked NJPGA for previous donations to the silent auction that raises money for the scholarship fund. Mrs. Brick heartily invites all members with college-age children to consider applying for Scholarship funds.

For more information on NPGA, check out their website, .

And the Winners Are . . .

Dan Waters, President of Premier Safety Services, received the 2017 Howard Card Safety Award. The award was presented by last year's recipient and Dan's nominator -- JD Stem of Stem Brothers. Dan was congratulated by Jerry Brick, Chairman, NPGA.

The Howard Card Safety Award recognizes an individual and his/her company for commitment and/or contribution to safe acts over and above the normal expectations of safe practices employed in the workplace, or for contributing to a safer industry during his/her lifetime.  It is awarded in memory of Sgt. Howard Card formerly of the New Jersey State Police, who had full responsibility for the regulatory oversight of the propane gas industry. 

Dan Waters is the sole proprietor of Premier Safety Services which was  founded in 1997. He has worked in all 50 states and  two foreign countries. He is a graduate of Indiana University of PA  with a bachelor of Science degree in Safety Engineering. Dan has worked  in the propane industry for 30 years. For the last 20 years, he has worked  with over 100 propane marketers and many state propane industry associations.  
Dan has had a very close relationship with NJPGA,  and has been teaching CETP classes for the Association for over the past decade. Dan's father and mother,  George and Emily Waters, and his brother and sister-in law,  Ron and Annie Waters, attended the Awards Dinner to celebrate with Dan. 

Bobtail Driver of the Year - Jay McLeod, Woodruff Energy Nominated by Jack Neff 

J ay McLeod, NJPGA's Bobtail Driver of the Year, has an impressive record of driving propane over 11 years accident-free. He has totaled over 425,000 miles, with 37,500 miles in 2016 alone. Even with all of those miles, Jay's truck, still looks like it just left the showroom after two years on the road. Jay's pride in his vehicle is coupled with outstanding public relation skills and the respect of his peers. Jack Neff reports that Woodruff Energy constantly receives phone calls from customers praising Jay for his courtesy, respect for property, and dedication to communicating with customers. Jay is Woodruff's top leader for new accounts, always striking up conversations and asking about propane gas. He takes the time to review his deliveries, route new customers, and inspect tanks for safety before delivery.
Henry Papiano, Gino Caselli & Leiha Caselli

Manager of the Year -
Gino Caselli, Crestwood
Nominated by Henry Papiano, of C Three Logistics, and seconded by Chris Roth of Crestwood

Gino Caselli, NJPGA's Manager of the Year, started his carrier in the sales industry and came over to the Papco family in its infancy. He had many hats that he needed to wear and was able to bring in and train other individuals to take over these key roles as the business grew. Gino was so well known by his customers, in part because of a PR scheme conceived by Henry Sr . . . the infamous Gino doll. Hundreds of superhero stress ball figures were made with Gino's name across the chest and the Papco dispatch phone number on the back. To this day, years after Papco has sold, many of these Gino dolls are still on desks nationwide. Gino was a superhero in many ways, thinking outside the box to maintain customer relationships and create new business opportunities.
Thru the challenging transition to corporate America, Gino had to adapt to the new fast paced way of business. New technology and faster response time meant that the transportation days of mailing in bill of ladings and picking up paperwork were over. With characteristic diligence, Gino excelled in his new role as Director of Eastern Transportation. Gino has been able to help transition the transportation field into an on- the-minute response time, thru the technology that he influenced. 
Regardless of the product or time of year Gino has become a site specific expert on various aspects of the propane industry and has been able to educate himself on the ever changing requirements.

Office Person of the Year - 
Staci Rammel, Woodruff Energy
Nominated by Jack Neff

Staci Rammel, NJPGA's Office Person of the Year, has been with Woodruff Energy for 4 years, and in that time has demonstrated superior organization skills and an outstanding willingness to exceed job expectations. 

Staci Rammel receives the Office Person of the Year Award from Jerry Brick
Staci is highly motivated and makes things happen. She goes the extra mile, studies, learns on her own time, and is well-liked by all.  Staci, who came to Woodruff with no experience in propane, has become an invaluable asset, taking control of marketing 
propane and oil. She performs all marketing, including fairs and Facebook outreach, all without being asked to do so.

In regards to Mrs. Rammel's relations with customers and internal staff, Jack Neff reports that he often receives calls from customers who speak very highly of Staci, and other Woodruff employees go to her with questions because she has the answers. Her extensive knowledge earns everyone's respect, and makes her a great trainer for new employees.

Transport Driver of the Year -  Scott Allen, Ferrellgas
Nominated by Ed Mulcahey
Ed Mulcahey, Scott Allen and Jimmy Ainsworth

Scott Allen, NJPGA's Transport Driver of the Year, has an outstanding record of driving propane over 700,000 miles, with 111,000 accident- and violation-free miles this past year alone.

Scott provides superior customer service and maintains his vehicle meticulously. Ed Mulcahey points out that Scott takes his job very seriously. He is responsible for keeping a number of Ferrellgas plants supplied with propane. He is a source of pride for the company, doing whatever it takes to assure the plants do not experience any supply-related issues. Mr. Allen is also very safety conscious; he always adheres to all of the rules and guidelines required by his vital position within the Ferrellgas organization.

Above all, Scott has been described as an outstanding person, who goes out of his way to help his co-workers. He is well-respected by his fellow employees.

Congratulations to all of this year's Award recipients!

NJSBAGet on Board with Propane School Buses!

Under the leadership of NJPGA Clean Air/Alternative Fuels Committee Chair, Marco Perez of Amerigreen Propane,
NJPGA with Blue Bird, Hoover & ROUSH 
was a Silver Sponsor of the NJ School Board Association Workshop 2017 on October 24-25. NJPGA members staffed Booth #915 at the Atlantic City Convention Center to promote propane-powered school buses to school superintendents and business administrators at this targeted convention.
The "Propane-Powered School Buses: Achieve Cost Savings & Cleaner Air Districtwide" presentation included a powerful testimonial by John Aymil, Transportation Director, Randolph School District

Workshop attendees were encouraged to call Hoover at 973-347-4210 for more information regarding the buses. 

Thank you to our booth volunteers!

Thank you, PERC for funding this important outreach! 
Current NJ School Bus Statistics

Diesel School Bus Inventory: potential replacement opportunity
# of Buses through 12/31/16


Wednesday, December 13 

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National Propane Gas Foundation 2018-2019 Scholarship
Applications Being Accepted!

The online application, including submission of the official Fall semester transcripts, is due by February 15th Applying for an NPGF Scholarship is easy! Visit There you will find information about the NPG Foundation and the online application.

Click here for printable copies of the brochure and  poster to display or distribute! In a continuing effort to keep expenses down, NPGF is no longer printing and mailing out brochures.  Please note, NPGF has updated the entry criteria and requirements. 
Best wishes to all applicants!!!

Would $100 Make You Smile?
In preparation for the holiday shopping season, the NPGF will give away $100 to one lucky industry employee who signs up for the AmazonSmile program, benefiting the NPGF Scholarship Fund.  That lucky winner could be you!

To enter, here is all you have to do:
  1. Go to
  2. Sign-in using your existing Amazon account /Create    an Amazon account.
  3. Select 'NPGF Scholarship' as your charity of choice.
  4. Forward your confirmation email from Amazon (Subject: "Welcome to AmazonSmile!) to
Every confirmation email that is received will be entered into a drawing for a free $100 Amazon gift e-card.  A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, November 21, just in time to spend, spend, spend on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

When you shop online through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase goes to support the  NPGF Scholarship Fund!
For questions about this free, no-cost promotion, please contact Peter Ferrell.


The Latest From Roush CleanTech

Our nation has been hit hard by natural disasters in recent months. Gasoline and diesel shortages in Texas and Florida due to hurricanes wreaked havoc with people trying to evacuate prior to the storms and support First Responders after the storms had passed.
According to the Propane Education & Research Council, propane fuel is playing a vital role during the hurricanes, providing backup power, hot water and hot meals to those in need.
The portability and accessibility of propane makes it a stable and reliable fuel to handle emergency situations. Propane generators are keeping electricity flowing, and vehicles fueled by propane autogas are helping police, fire and public safety agents respond to vital situations.
Propane has long been known for its versatility. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, no diesel fuel came into New York ports. But propane supplies weren't interrupted, and propane autogas school buses were used to get medical personnel to emergency situations and to hospitals.
Last month during Hurricane Irma, Pinellas County Schools used their propane school buses to evacuate residents including those in nursing homes who were in flood zones. The school district worked their local propane dealer prior to the storm to develop a propane refueling plan. Throughout the natural disaster, the propane buses' tank capacities were sufficient to sustain them through the process of evacuations and getting students back to school.
Although propane autogas has a robust nationwide infrastructure, it's the fuel's portability that makes it so accessible. Propane can be carried in bobtail trucks - allowing propane-fueled vehicles to be filled directly from a mobile truck. The fuel comes to you.
Our nation has a surplus of propane. Plus, using American-made propane autogas helps our nation's energy security goals, creates jobs, and reduces dependence on imported oil.
To learn more about ROUSH CleanTech's propane autogas fuel system technology that powers Blue Bird Vision Propane school buses and Ford commercial vehicles, please visit .

Todd Mouw is vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech, a n industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. Mouw has served as president of the NTEA Green Truck Association. Reach him at or 800.59.ROUSH. To learn more, visit .

In This Issue
NJPGA Officers and Board of Directors
Edison Mulcahey
Vice President
Scott Fitzgerald
Michael G. Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services
Marco Perez
Amerigreen Propane, Inc.
Immediate Past President
J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers Inc.
National/State Director
William P. Curcio
Eastern Propane Corporation
Peter Gilman
LP Transportation, Inc.
Beth Karr
Jack Neff
Woodruff Energy
Henry S. Papiano
Blue Flame G.A.S. of NJ
Jayson Schneider
Victor Division of F.W. 
Webb Co.
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Vacancy - Interested?
Filling at 12/13/17 meeting
Director of Public Affairs
David Smith
Princeton Public Affairs Group
NJPERF Officers and Board of Trustees
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries
Vice President
Scott Fitzgerald

Michael G. Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services

William P. Curcio
Eastern Propane Corporation

Edison Mulcahey

J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers, Inc.
NJPGA and NJPERF Headquarters
Katina Pearl-Blando
Managing Director
Thank you for your membership and support of the propane industry in New Jersey.

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