Our team attended the PEI Show at NACS last week in Chicago and what a great show it was! Ben Thomas and Tammy Gathright spent 3 busy days setting up the booth, attending meetings, finding old friends and making new ones.
(In case you didn’t know, the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) teams up with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and hosts the largest petroleum/c-store convention in the US every year. It’s so big that only three cities can host it: Atlanta, Las Vegas, and this year Chicago.)
Here are some highlights:
Ben on the Board: This was UST Training’s President Ben Thomas’s first convention as a PEI Board Member (Affiliate Division). Ben got updates a various committee reports (Young Executives, PEI Women, Latin America Initiative, Strategic Long Range Planning) plus got to meet and share ideas with other Board members and meet the newly elected Executive Vice President Jason Blake.
New PEI Board Members: Ben go to see the swearing in of a number of new PEI Board members, including the new President Ron Sledd.
Booth activity: Surprisingly, we had a lot of foot traffic at our UST Training booth. Because masks were required and social distancing enforced, we kept our expectations low but the flow of people was steady and we met many folks who’d seen our Tank Savvy Minute video series.
UST Training and Compliance One-on-One Session: Ben hosted a talk session about training and compliance.
Automatic Tank Gauge Updates: Both Veeder Root and Franklin showcased of some new features to their popular ATGs. This includes new tools to manage water in tanks, moisture in sumps and improved compliance reporting. See the TLS 450 Plus and the Evo 600 for more information.
Work Backlog: Most if not all conversations with contractors, manufactures and distributors spoke about the backlog of UST equipment parts, shipping bottlenecks and a general lack of qualified service technicians.
Look for Ben and Tammy in the video below!
Interested in attending? See you in Las Vegas October 1-4, 2022.