Member Benefits

MPGA provides members with a wide range of benefits including national representation through its affiliation with the National Propane Gas Association. Members of MPGA have access to an extensive set of benefits that can help your business succeed.

  • Advocacy & Action – The association advocates for your best interests before the Michigan Legislature, the U.S. Congress, as well as the state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Safety & Training – Participate in education programs offered throughout the year to assist in training new service personnel, keep employees aware of new technology, and keep personnel up to date on industry skills. MPGA offers certified and non-certified employee training.
  • Meetings & Networking – MPGA’s annual conventions, seminars, district meetings, and membership meetings will keep you informed about industry issues, help you learn about new regulations and safety standards, and provide updates on association programs. Networking opportunities abound within MPGA and getting involved will introduce you to a new world of potential customers, mentors, and employers. The Annual Propane Safety Awareness Day event at the Michigan State Capitol highlights the industry’s importance to our state.
  • Communications-  The association’s magazine, Michigan Propane Journal, is distributed to industry members quarterly as well as a bi-weekly update, eJournal which includes a legislative report to keep MPGA members informed of changing Michigan laws. Additionally, MPGA promotes the use of propane in Michigan through usemichiganpropane.com. We also extend our reach through our Facebook page, facebook.com/propanemichigan.
  • William B. McHenry Scholarship – Each year MPGA awards up to two $2,500 scholarships for its members, their customers, member employees, spouses, and children.
  • National Propane Gas Association – The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) also provides a vast amount of information to members on federal laws and regulations, industry trends and other important matters. Except in the case of multi-state marketers, who join NPGA on their own, Marketer Member dues to MPGA include dues to NPGA.
  • Safety and Marketing Materials – Through the NPGA Resource Catalog and PERC resource center, a wealth of information, including handbooks, pamphlets, videos, and other materials, is available to promote safe practices and to market propane.
  • Member Benefit (Affinity) Programs – MPGA also offers a full range of services and programs to meet your company, employee and personal needs with the goal to help you and your company to continue to be successful and profitable. Below are some of the benefit programs obtained through your membership investment in the MPGA.

Member Benefit (Affinity) Programs

Accounting & Tax Services

Valley Oak, is a CPA Firm that has a specialized tax practice. We care about lowering your tax liability just as much as you do. We work with you to help determine how the tax code can serve you and your business. We are focused on getting the lowest possible tax liability for you, and we assure the result is in alignment with your individualized goals.

As an MPGA member, you receive our 2 times guarantee on tax planning; meaning whatever fee is paid, you receive double the fee in returned tax savings. Also, if you hire us for ongoing administration services, such as tax preparation and bookkeeping, you will receive a 10% discount on those services for life. Contact Valley Oak at 844.368.6554. 

Attorneys

A successful response to a public utilities incident, such as a propane related fire loss or explosion, relies on an aggressive reaction upon first notice. Recognizing that time is of the essence, Segal McCambridge attorneys immediately begin an investigation to advise our clients on the best course of action. From employment matters, regulatory affairs, or corporate and business consultation, Segal McCambridge and its nationally recognized attorneys can assist with any legal problem that may arise. For more information email Eric Conn.

Banking Solutions

Fifth Third Bank, one of the largest regional banks servicing Michigan, is able to provide your company with a full array of banking solutions tailored to your needs and geared to assist in reaching your goals. The solutions include depository and credit solutions as well as treasury management with fraud mitigating solutions, business succession/estate planning/investment solutions and also credit card processing. Contact Sr. Vice President, Susan (Sue) Lake at 616-653-5091. She is happy to work with you no matter where you are located.

Credit Card Processing Service

Quantus Solutions has designed a group benefit program for MPGA that provides aggressive solutions and reduces your bottom line with excellent customer support. Choose the right solution for your business. Our program options include: 1.00% qualified rate for Visa, MasterCard and Discover or Interchange Plus. American Express offers their latest program called Opt Blue. Receive Next Day funding of your deposits, free desktop terminal; Gateway/ Virtual Terminal.  We are also pleased to announce new, exciting, and secure Mobile Solutions as well. All solutions are EMV and PCI compliant. ZERO start up fees to enroll and MORE. For more information visit quantussolutions.com or call 800.698.5150.

Debt Collection

TekCollect specializes in accounts receivable management, collections operations and customer retention services for the propane industry. Programs include custom verbal and written contracts, electronic database skip tracing, credit bureau reporting, plus optional advanced recovery efforts for hard-to-collect accounts. Our service is securely web-based, with access to every collection effort plus real-time reports. And every effort is designed to preserve the integrity of your customer relationships. Our fees are typically less than 10% ­— the lowest cost per dollar in the collection industry. Best of all, results are guaranteed! Contact Lance Rhutasel or call 314.308.6853 ext. 1411.

Financial Planning

Gasaway Investment Advisors, Inc. is an investment advisory firm with a unique expertise in working with small and medium sized companies on qualified retirement plans for their employees. Our team of experienced professionals will work with your company’s leaders to develop a plan that is tailored to meet your company’s goals and then periodically review the plan to make sure that it continues to meet the needs of your company. This benefit provides discounted third party administration fees. Contact Gasaway Investment Advisors at 844.368.6554. 

Health Insurance Program

Our agency has put together a team of Insurance, Human Resources and Technology professionals to provide our clients with the necessary resources to survive in today’s world of Employee Benefits. Our background, education, knowledge and experience puts us in a unique position to suggest solutions that are proven to work. Contact Vantage Pointe today at 844.368.6554. 

Insurance & Financial Planning

 

The MPGA has teamed with Beyond Financial Planning to offer you complete insurance and financial planning services. Formerly known as Beckwith Financial Group; The team at Beyond Financial Planning works with clients daily to help families create, protect, and keep multigenerational wealth. Simply visit us online at www.beyond-fp.com and find out how we go “Beyond” to help you enjoy exclusive benefits offered only to MPGA members. Contact Beyond Financial Planning at 866.574.8279 for more information.

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.  Cambridge Investment Research and Beyond Financial Planning are not affiliated. Advisory Services through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser.  Registered address is 2632 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Insurance Program

MPGA has partnered with Ron Jackson Insurance to provide you a customized solution for your insurance needs. Whether it is your business or your family, you have worked hard for what you have. Choosing us as your insurance advisor, you will find great protection that comes at the best value for you, the member. How long has it been since you’ve reviewed your insurance program? Call us, (269) 345-8577, today to discuss your opportunities or visit www.ronjacksonins.com.

Insurance Program

General Agency Company and MPGA have teamed up to provide your association with specialized commercial and employee benefit insurance programs for propane and petroleum marketers for over 30 years. We operate an independent agency with access to over 30 insurance companies to cover your commercial, personal and employee benefit needs. For more information, please contact Dan Scully or call 989.817.4246.  

Marketing Services

Consumer Focus specializes in total marketing strategy services for the energy industry nationwide. They have extensive experience developing and implementing marketing campaigns to help propane companies grow their businesses. Consumer Focus is proud to partner with the MPGA to offer special pricing on services to association members. Marketing solutions for your propane company include: digital marketing, online review management, search engine optimization, website development, social media management, and customized engagement campaigns. Visit www.consumerfocusmarketing.com/tc/michigan-pga/ for more information.

Safety Compliance

P3 Duty to Warn specializes in turn-key annual propane safety mailing services for the propane industry nationwide. They have extensive experience developing and implementing personalized, branded messages and propane safety information brochures to help propane companies keep their customers safe and maintain compliance with industry best practices. P3 Duty to Warn is proud to partner with the MPGA to offer cost-effective annual propane safety mailing services to association members including: personalized introduction letter, scratch-and-sniff propane safety brochure, third-party verification certificate, and cost-effective printing and postage. Visit propanedtw.com/michigan-pga/ for more information.