NPGA State Director Report

Key Highlights from the Annual Meeting

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) held its Annual Meeting, Summer Board of Directors Meeting, and Propane Days in Washington, DC, from June 2-5, 2024. Here are the key updates:

Leadership Changes

Outgoing Chair Jeff Stewart handed the gavel to Tom Van Buren, the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Other officers include:

Trent Hampton, Treasurer

DD Alexander, Vice Chair

Mike Hopsicker, Chair-Elect

Jeff Stewart, Immediate Past Chair

Marketers Section

Daniel Dixon, Marketers Section Chair, introduced incoming Chair, Brian Brooks, and Vice Chair, Ray Galan. Tucker Perkins, PERC President and CEO, discussed industry challenges and opportunities, emphasizing safety and training. Regional breakout meetings focused on legislative and regulatory issues, summarized by District 5 Director, Tom Jaenicke.

Propane Buses and Autogas

A panel discussion moderated by Kate Gaziano highlighted federal grant opportunities and propane’s success in the EPA’s Clean School Bus funding. Key insights were provided by:

Todd Mouw (Roush CleanTech)

Scott Underwood (Altogas)

John Philips (Phillips Energy)

Brad Blair (Illinois PGA)

Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

NPGA members met with over 220 congressional offices. The day concluded with a reception attended by members of Congress and their staff.


PropanePAC hosted a donor reception and a Propane, Politics, & Coffee event with Scott Tranter from Decision Desk HQ, discussing the upcoming presidential election’s potential impact on the propane industry. Stephanie Hennen passed the PAC Steering Committee Chair role to Andrew Vogl.

Policy Discussions

NPGA General Counsel, Benjamin Nussdorf, and former FMCSA Deputy Administrator, Earl Adams, discussed Hours of Service Waivers and the ELDT Program. Austin Wicker facilitated a discussion on the role of propane in agriculture with Josie Montoney-Crawford from NASDA.

Technology, Standards, and Safety

The Board approved modifications to NFPA 58. These include:

Docket Tbpt-1916: Limits fire safety analysis to installations with containers greater than 4,000 gallons.

Docket Tef-1935: Expands compliance options for Autogas fuel systems.


Chair’s Citations were awarded to:

Dan Binning

Bruce Swiecicki

The Scholarship Committee honored Rosie Buschur with the 2024 NPGF Outstanding Service Award. Zoe Williams received the State Director of the Year Award. Charmin Heimel and Rob Upton were recognized with Safety Awards.

New Directors (as of June 4, 2024):

Lisa Gerwitz (Arizona)

Alex Gallard (California)

Jim Jung (Minnesota)

Jason Nasby (Montana)

Lucas Malicoate (Oklahoma)

Mark Garrison (Texas)

Phillip Scheel (Wyoming)

Marci Ballard (Washington)

Tommy Manion (Canada)

Gerry Goody (District 2)

Paula Summers (Services Section)

Michelle Wilson (Services Section)

Travis Dunham (Producer & Wholesaler Section)

Joe Natale (Producer & Wholesaler Section)

Claudia Bonucchi (Manufacturer Section)

Steve Farkas (Director-at-Large)

Bruce Leonard (Director-at-Large)

Tyler Misel (Director-at-Large)

Paige O’Dell (Director-at-Large)

Steve Wambold (Director-at-Large)

The NPGA continues to address industry challenges and advance propane initiatives.

Source: NPGA State Director Report, Summer 2024

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