Convention Schedule

Convention Schedule

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018

5:00 pm-7:00 pm
MPGA Executive Committee Meeting

7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Past President’s Council Meeting


7:00 am-12:00 pm
Convention Registration and PAC Chance Auction

8:00 am-8:45 am
How to Grow Your Gallons and Make the Sale
Dave Biggs, Executive Director, United Propane Autogas Solutions Group; Ronny Martinez, Autogas Fleet Development Specialist, ICOM North America; and Scott Underwood, Propane Autogas Specialist, Altogas
This session will demonstrate how propane autogas can add significant year-round gallons for your company and how it can be a growing profitable sector for you. You will learn how to establish autogas at your business and about the many benefits it will bring to your community. Discussion
will include the Volkswagen settlement, using propane in your own fleet and dispensing of equipment.

8:45 am-9:15 am
Remote Tank Monitors: The Road to 60 Percent Average Fill
Mike Vigliotti, Tank Monitor Sales Specialist, Bergquist Inc.
This presentation will cover the benefits of remote tank monitoring, the different types of technology available, ROI, business analytics and back office integration.

9:15 am-9:45 am
Routing and Mobile Logistics
Craig Balzer, Vice President of Business Development, Vertrax, Inc.
A walk through of how to use a routing and mobile logistics platform will provide increased fleet visibility and efficiency, reducing the amount of paper that historically challenge companies. Using routing increases the number of stops performed during the day, which frees up capacity for additional customers, while leveraging a fleet’s currents assets.

9:45 am-9:55 am

9:55 am-10:15 am
PERC 2.0
Tucker Perkins, President & CEO, Propane Education & Research Council
PERC’s new President and CEO, Tucker Perkins, will discuss how the organization is evolving in the face of new challenges and new opportunities. Businesses know they must adapt to grow in an increasingly complex marketplace with evolving customer needs and competitive encroachment.
PERC is committed to helping all propane marketers increase gallons, train employees, and keep consumers safe; this seminar will help you seize those opportunities as we look to the future.

10:15 am-11:15 am
Customer Service: Walk the Talk and Talk the Walk
Bob Herron, Safety, Training and More LLC
This session will address important issues that you should be reviewing with your employees, such as duty to warn, calls about leaks or out of gas, propane odor (scratch and sniff test for employees) and more! The acting of scripted case studies will also be included to demonstrate how you can better prepare your employees for key customer service calls.

11:30 am
Scholarship Golf Outing at Timbers Golf Club
The golf course is located five miles from the hotel. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration and lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m.

6:00 pm-9:30 pm
Dinner and Casino Night
Join us for an evening of good friends and good fun. Chips will be provided to play black jack, craps and roulette. Don’t know how to play? Our dealers will teach you. Exchange your chips for tickets and a chance to win prizes at the end of the evening. We’re going all in for propane!


7:30 am-11:30 am
Convention Registration and PAC Chance Auction

7:45 am-11:30 am
MPGA and NPGA Legislative and Regulatory Update Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast while you learn about the laws, regulations and elections that affect your industry in Michigan and nationally. Special guest, Chris Earhart, NPGA Chairman-Elect, will join Michigan legislative and regulatory leaders for this important update.

12:00 pm
Family Fun Time!
There are many activities and attractions to explore in the Frankenmuth area. For more informationand to play your stay, visit

PAC Motorcycle Ride
Bring your bike and enjoy lunch and a scenic ride. Pre-registration is required.

Skeet and Pistol Shooting Competition
All levels of shooters are welcome. Youth must have Hunter’s Safety Certification to particpate. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm
President’s Reception
Last chance to buy tickets for the Michigan Propane PAC Chance Auction.

5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Dinner and Awards Program
Awards presentation, election of officers and “changing of the guard.”

8:00 pm-9:00 pm
Bavarian Belle Riverboat Cruise
Join us for an authentic stern driven paddlewheel riverboat cruise on the Cass River. Snacks and beverages will be served.

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

7:30 am-9:00 am
Breakfast and Committee Meetings

9:00 am-12:00 pm
MPGA Operations and MPGA Annual Summer ConventionMeetings
Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be registered for the convention to attend this meeting.

12:00 pm-12:30 pm
Michigan PERC MPGA Annual Summer ConventionMeeting

12:30 pm
Conference Adjourns

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