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Petroleum Quality Institute of America
Mark Griffin Keynote Speaker at Lubricant Conference:
"Bridging the Gap"
METUCHEN, NJ, AUGUST 8, 2019 - The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) together with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), today announced that Mark Griffin, President of the Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores or MPA/MACS will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming lubricant industry conference, "Bridging the Gap."
Mark Griffin's keynote address, "Promoting a Cooperative Spirit and Encouraging Group Effort, will speak to some of the issues and challenges petroleum marketers and convenience stores face to assure the quality of products they sell, and how the MPA/MACS works with state regulators to look after the interests of its members and those of consumers.
Mark has considerable experience in lobbying, marketing, publishing, communications, finance, and operations. In addition, he has successfully worked with industry and state regulators to support constructive legislation beneficial to the petroleum industry and convenience store businesses, and oppose that which is detrimental to that industry and those businesses to the extent not contrary to the public interest.
Thomas Glenn, president of PQIA, says "We are pleased to have Mark as the keynote. Mark is an informative and insightful speaker with considerable success in driving MPA/MACS's mission to promote the general welfare of independent petroleum distributors, marketers, jobbers and convenience store owners and operators, and advancing principles and policies consistent with good business practices." To this, Robert DeRubeis, Program Manager Weights and Measures Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, adds, "We look forward to the experiences Mark Griffin brings to the conference with stakeholders, legislators, and regulators, as they definitely will ensure a diverse discussion."
Bridging the Gap is a joint industry conference hosted by the Petroleum Quality Institute of America together with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The conference, set for October 17, 2019 in Lansing Michigan, brings together lubricant manufacturers and marketers, regulatory representatives from State weights and measures, and others to learn about, and discuss regulations, compliance, practices, and issues and challenges around quality and labeling in the lubricants business.
The objective of the conference is to advance efforts to improve the consistency of quality and product integrity of lubricants in the market. Doing so will enhance buyer confidence in the lubricants they purchase and promote fair business competition. There is no fee to attend the conference and it is open to lubricant manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and regulatory representatives.
To learn more about the conference, keynote, and other speakers, and how to register,
About Mark Griffin
As the chief staff person at the MPA/MACS, Mark is responsible for the Association's lobbying, marketing, publishing, communications, finance and overall operations. Upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1982, Mark accepted a position with Michigan National Bank. In 1987 Mark joined the Michigan Restaurant Association as Vice President. In 1993 he joined MPA/MACS and in February 1995 he was appointed President by the MPA/MACS Board of Directors. Mark is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) and has held a variety of volunteer positions with the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. Mark and his family live in Grand Ledge.
About the Michigan Petroleum Association (MPA)
The Michigan Petroleum Association (MPA) has been serving the state's independent petroleum marketers since 1934. MPA was incorporated by a group of petroleum distributors who believed that by promoting a cooperative spirit and encouraging group effort, marketers across the state could best achieve their common goals. The Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MACS) was established by MPA in 1986 to serve the interests of the state's c-store industry on the legislative front and in other matters of concern to c-store operators. In 1996, truckstop operators, service station operators and retail/wholesale providers of propane were invited to join MPA/MACS and benefit from the Association's informational services, seminars, group insurance plans and governmental relations expertise. In 2013, MPA created the Michigan Oil Change Association to service the needs of Oil Change installers and retailers.