KPGA Summer Convention is just around the corner! Haven't registered yet? There's still time! Links to register online, view the tentative agenda and download a registration form can be found below.


Click HERE to register online.


Click HERE to download a registration form. Registration forms can be faxed to 502-875-1595 or emailed to Stacy Wallace at swallace@kypropane.org.


Click HERE to view the tentative schedule of events. 


Below, check out the fantastic speakers we've got lined for this year's convention! You won't want to miss this!

Jerry Brick, NPGA Chairman


Jerry is President of North Star Energy LLC, an independent propane marketer with 3 locations in NE South Dakota and President of Brick Transport, Inc., a propane transporter in Aberdeen, SD.  Brick has served in a variety of leadership positions within NPGA, including the Executive Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Member Services Committee and issue-specific task forces.  He was a two-term President and held many offices in the South Dakota Propane Gas Association.  Jerry has served as an advisory member for the Propane and Natural Gas Technologies course at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD.  Jerry and his wife, Susan, reside in Aberdeen, SD.

Lesley Garland, NPGA Director of State Affairs


Lesley serves as director of state affairs for the National Propane Gas Association, working with marketers and state associations across the country. She also manages NPGA’s State Engagement Initiative, which provides resources to influence legislative and regulatory challenges through the investment of association resources.  Before joining NPGA, Lesley was CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association from 2007-2014 and served as communications manager for the Propane Education & Research Council from 2005-2007.

Ryan Dutcher, National PERC Senior Manager of Social and Digital Media


Ryan is a key point of contact on the consumer education campaign, especially the digital and social media components. Ryan manages the Council's Facebook page and also handles media requests. He is responsible for digital and social media strategies, optimizing campaigns, establishing and using website analytics and analysis tools, and creating program insights and performance review presentations.

Steve Bohannon, Alliance Energy Services Director of Supply and Trading


Steve grew up in Scottsville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Civil Engineering.  After a short stint with Boeing, he started a now 25-year career in the oil and gas industry working in natural gas liquids, natural gas and electricity with focus on trading, marketing and distribution.  Over the last 15 years he has focused on the propane industry, primarily in supply and risk management for wholesale and retail propane companies.  Steve is Director of Supply and Trading for Alliance Energy Services, a wholesale propane marketing company with operations in the Ohio Valley, Upper Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S.  In this role Steve manages and negotiates supply agreements at multiple pipeline, gas plant, storage and refinery propane supply terminals.  He also leads Alliance’s risk management team, transacting and managing physical deals and financial futures contracts to ensure price stability for Alliance’s customers.

Senator Chris McDaniel, Senate Appropriation & Revenue Committee Chairman


Senator McDaniel was born in Covington, Kentucky and grew up in Taylor Mill prior to attending The Citadel for college. He graduated in 1997 and was commissioned an Infantry officer in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 2001, he returned home to work in the family business, McD Concrete. While working as the business’ Operations Manager during the day, Senator McDaniel attended Northern Kentucky University at night, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked through the ranks of the business and, in 2008 bought the business from his father and uncle. Since being elected to the State Senate in 2012, Chris's rise to influence has been unprecedented. Because of his innovative ideas and effective leadership, Senator McDaniel was appointed as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. As Chairman, he is able to oversee every expense in the budget and has been successful at weeding out government waste, fraud, and abuse. Senator McDaniel also serves on the Committee on State & Local Government, Banking & Insurance Committee, Licensing & Occupation Committee, Military, Veterans Affairs & Public Protection Committee, and the Committee on Capital Projects & Bond Oversight.

House Republican Floor Leader Jonathan Shell


House Republican Floor Leader Jonathan Shell has served in the House of Representatives since 2013. Jonathan was sworn-in January 3, 2017 to serve as the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in the History of the Commonwealth. He is the youngest member of the Republican Majority Caucus.

Shell represents the 71st District, which is comprised of Garrard, Rockcastle, and part of Madison counties. Before being elected as House Majority Floor Leader, Jonathan served as Vice-Chair of the Local Government committee, and was a member of the Banking & Insurance and Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight committees. In 2015, he was selected to serve as the House Republican Campaign Chairman, where he was in charge of overseeing all Republican recruitment for the 2016 House elections. Last November, the Republicans picked up 17 seats and took the majority for the first time in 95 years. In addition to his duties as Majority Leader, Shell currently serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee, and he also serves on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Research Commission as well. In addition to his role as a lawmaker, Jonathan helps manage Shell Farms, a 1,200 acre family farm based in his hometown of Lancaster, KY. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Jonathan and his wife, Brooke, are the proud parents of three young children, Jackson, Lydia, and Reagan.

Les Fugate, RunSwitch Public Relations Vice President


Les Fugate is an Executive Vice President at RunSwitch. An accomplished former political aide, non-profit executive, and communications and public relations practitioner, he has conducted thousands of interviews for media outlets as diverse as Kentucky weekly newspapers to all of the major national broadcast media and many international outlets. He also directed several successful legislative campaigns and public affairs initiatives that have had major impacts on the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Fugate is a Cum Laude graduate of Centre College and earned his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University where he concentrated on government relations, communications, and fundraising.

Todd Mouw, ROUSH CleanTech Vice President of Sales & Marketing


As vice president of sales and marketing, Todd Mouw drives ROUSH CleanTech’s national business development team and marketing department. He travels the country speaking about domestic alternative fuel technologies and their impact on the economy and environment. A key member of ROUSH CleanTech’s 2010 launch, Mouw has brokered thousands of product sales with Fortune 500 fleets, school districts and government organizations to help them reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint fueling with propane autogas. Mouw, a recipient of the 2011 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star Award, also served as the 2011-2012 president of the Green Truck Association, which is part of the National Truck Equipment Association. Mouw’s years of experience in the automotive and high-tech industries include extensive sales and marketing experience with Ford, GM and Chrysler’s dealer, fleet and consumer communications programs. Previously, Mouw founded a marketing consulting business, Innovative Customer Management Solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mouw resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, with his wife, son and their golden retrievers.

Warren Beeler, Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy Executive Director


Warren Beeler is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy. Prior to his appointment to GOAP in 2016, Beeler was a 16-year employee of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) where he held various roles – most recently Deputy Executive Director of the Office of Agricultural Marketing & Product Promotion.  Warren, a WKU graduate, has also served as the state director of Livestock Marketing, director of the Shows and Fairs Division and Livestock Marketing Specialist. Before joining KDA, he served as an Agriculture Extension Specialist for the University of Kentucky. Warren and his wife, DeeDee, live on a 220-acre livestock farm in Caneyville. They have five children and two grandchildren.
Thank you to our 2017 KPGA Summer Convention Sponsors!

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Group Dinner at Hofbrauhaus Bier Garten

Hofbräuhaus Newport holds the distinction of being the first authentic hofbrauhaus in America, modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany! From the traditionally decorated rooms in the building to the beer that is brewed on-site, and of course the excellent German fare, Hofbräuhaus Newport is a memorable experience for all.

 

KPGA Cornhole Team Tournament - ALOFT Patio

Join us Tuesday afternoon where a little bit of skill and luck combine for a fun contest that anyone can play. This new event is sure to become another KPGA tradition! Pick a partner or simply join in the fun and help raise money for the Thomas “Tommy” B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in the process.


Thank You to Our Cornhole Sponsors!

Explore Newport on the Levee and Cincinnati

Kick back, relax and enjoy the many experiences at Newport on the Levee. Take in an afternoon movie, play in the arcade, bowl your best game, indulge your sweet tooth, or satisfy your taste buds at any one of the delicious dining venues. Or take the TANK bus over to Cincinnati and explore the city for the afternoon.
Presenting sponsors receive exclusive sponsorship exposure at the Welcome Reception and Dinner & Awards Banquet.

Welcome Reception - ALOFT Outside Patio Entertainment by Jeni Carr Duo

Join other propane industry professionals and their families for a relaxed evening of food and entertainment on the patio of the new Aloft Hotel. Back by popular demand, Country Music Singer/Songwriter Jeni Carr brings her unique, soulful voice and high energy performance to help us kick off this year’s KPGA Summer Convention.

Dinner and Awards Banquet at Newport Aquarium Riverside Room

This year’s annual awards dinner will be held in the Riverside Room at the world famous Newport Aquarium overlooking the beautiful Cincinnati skyline. Join us as we recognize KPGA members for their dedication and service to the propane industry. Group discount tickets are available for purchase for an afternoon of fun and interactive activities at the Aquarium before dinner. Newport Aquarium was ranked the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com.
KPGA Represented at National Propane Days
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) hosted their annual “Propane Days” in Washington D.C. from June 18-21. Propane Days include an annual presidential forum, annual membership/ board of director meeting and lobbying efforts on the Hill.

During the opening day of the conference, new NPGA leadership was official elected. Chairman Jerry Brick official accepted his position as chair of the NPGA board of directors, to which he was voted. The Kentucky Propane Gas Association is fortunate to have Jerry attend our summer convention.Over 100 propane


Over 100 propane association executives and industry members flooded Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the industry. Shane Fortner, KPGA president, and Kyle Kelly, KPGA director of association services, represented the association and meeting with the Kentucky delegation to explain major issues affecting the propane industry. Tax reform was the major issue discussed during meetings including repeal of the estate tax, tax parity among the energy sector, and removing


Tax reform was the major issue discussed during meetings including repeal of the estate tax, tax parity among the energy sector, and removing language of a border adjustment tax (BAT) from a proposed tax reform budget. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been adamant about creating a border adjustment tax to offset any revenue shortfalls from cutting other taxes, such as the estate tax. However, the Kentucky delegation seemed to respond positively to KPGA’s stance against this additional tax. While federal tax reform is on the horizon, Senator McConnell (R-KY) staff indicated that no vote would be taken on the measure until health care reform is finalized.
Other discussions during fly-in days were centered on regulatory issues. One controversial issue was the “Crane Rule” proposed by OSHA officials during the Obama administration. While the rule was delayed for three years, that period is nearing an end in 2017. However, it is likely that the rule will be delayed again, and Kentucky representatives supported a delay seeing that the Trump administration has yet to appoint a new OSHA director. The other regulatory issue deals with hours of service waivers. There is a need to grant these waivers in advance when inclement winter weather is approaching, and once again, the Kentucky delegation responded positively in taking this proactive approach. These waivers are issued through the Department of Transportation (DOT), which is now led by Secretary Elaine Chao.

Remembering KPGA Member Glenn Miller


PRESTON GLENN MILLER, SR, 74, of Bowling Green, passed on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Glenn was born in Evansville, IN, on May 1, 1943. He was the son of the late Preston Smith Miller and Ola Mae Miller. He was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Charlie Miller and sister Joyce Miller Bierman.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Miller, three sons Preston Jr. (Sheryl) of Bowling Green and David (Lisa) of Ocean Springs, MS, Jeffrey Miller of Bowling Green and daughter Melissa Miller Williams of Russellville, one sister, Bettye Ruth Cleveland of Bowling Green, seven grandchildren, Kristin McKee, Lauren Miller, James Preston Miller, Savannah McKee, Scott Miller, Reece Miller and Cathryn Miller, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his “little fat girl”, his dog, Callie. Glenn attended Forest Park Baptist Church growing up and was a member of Providence Knob Baptist Church.
Glenn was the owner of Miller’s Bottled Gas, which has been in business since 1945. Glenn was very active in the propane industry for years. He served as KPGA President twice and on the National Propane Gas Association Board of Directors continuously since 1978 as the NPGA Kentucky state director and then as director emeritus. He served as co-chair for the passage through the US Congress of legislation permitting the formation of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), where he served as the council's co-chairman for two terms. He served for many years on the Kentucky Propane Advisory Council for the State Fire Marshal’s office. 
A celebration of life service was held Friday, June 23, 2017 with interment in Bowling Green Gardens. Expression of sympathy may take the form of donations to National Propane Gas Scholarship Foundation, 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington DC 20036, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in the name of Glenn Miller. 

We've Moved!


The Kentucky Propane Gas Association has moved to a new office! Earlier this month, KPGA moved to a new location off I-64. Please note that KPGA's new address is 340 Democrat Drive, Frankfort, KY, 40601. 

Thomas “Tommy” B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced 

 

Congratulations to the following students receiving the Tommy Bright scholarship this year! Best wishes in your future endeavors!

 

Andrea Burford will be a senior at Morehead State University majoring in Biomedical Science/Pre-Physician Assistant. Andrea is the daughter of Randy Burford, Southern States Cooperative in Owenton, Ky.

 

Cory Wallace is graduating from Madison Southern High School and is planning to attend Eastern Kentucky University this coming fall. Cory is the son of Karla Wallace with Tri-County Fertilizer & Propane in Richmond, Ky.

 

Danielle Hockensmith is graduating from Franklin County High School and is planning to attend University of Kentucky this coming fall. She is the daughter of Amanda Hockensmith with Southern States Cooperative in Frankfort, Ky.

 

The Thomas "Tommy" B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to memorialize a man who dedicated his life to his family, his community, and his industry.  In addition to other accomplishments, he was a respected member of the National Propane Gas Association Education Committee, which pioneered the development of industry training programs and a lifelong member of the Kentucky Propane Gas Association.  As president of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Tommy helped to establish and then served as chairman of the Youth Leadership Program.  

 

During his tenure as President of the Kentucky Propane Gas Association, Tommy envisioned a scholarship fund that would directly benefit KPGA members.  After his untimely death in 1997, the Kentucky Young Gassers Association, a division of KPGA, started a silent auction during the KPGA Summer Convention to raise money to start a scholarship fund in Tommy's name. The scholarship is now a reality, thanks in great part to his determination and hard work.

 

Because of the generosity, hard work, and dedication of KPGA members, the scholarship fund has grown over the years. This year three recipients will receive $1,500 towards the cost of their education.

NPGA Foundation Announces National Scholarship Winners 

 

Kiersten Foxworthy - Bertelsmeyer Scholarship

Kiersten lives in Independence, Kentucky and graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 2016. She has since completed her freshman year at Eastern Kentucky University where she is working towards a BA in Chemistry. Kiersten is a member of the EKU honors program and quick recall team. She enjoys hiking at Red River Gorge, playing piano, and volunteering in her free time. She is excited to return to EKU in the fall.  Her father, David Foxworthy, is a Delivery Representative for AmeriGas Propane LP in Walton, KY.

 

Danielle Hockensmith - Trinity Containers Scholarship

Danielle is from Frankfort, Kentucky where she attended Franklin County High School.  She has been an active member of her local FFA chapter, serving as Chapter and Regional officers and participating in and winning several speech competitions.  She was also an active member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. During the summer, Danielle enjoys umpiring softball.   She will be attending the University of Kentucky this fall to major in Biosystems Engineering, and this scholarship will make attending college easier in terms of financial standing. Her mother, Amanda, works at Southern States in Frankfort, KY as the merchandising coordinator.

 

Cole Manion - Heritage Propane Scholarship

Cole is from Clarkson, Kentucky and will be a sophomore at Murray State University in the fall of 2017 where he is a Political Science/Pre-Professional Legal Studies major. Cole is a member of the Murray State Men’s Golf Team, as well as the Murray State Honors College. He also participates in several student groups on campus including the Murray State Pre-Law Association, College Republicans, and Honors Student Council. After he graduates, Cole hopes to go on to law school and eventually practice constitutional law. His father, Tommy Manion, works for AmeriGas in Kentucky.

 

Joshua McCarty - Jim Bertelsmeyer Scholarship

Joshua McCarty is from Eastern Kentucky and is the son of Joey and Paula McCarty. He is a 2016 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar, church leader, and a graduate of East Ridge High School. He plans on attending the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. In high school, Joshua participated in the Academic Team, Drama Club, National Honors Society, and Track and Field. Joshua’s father is a district manager for Heritage Propane in Baxter, KY.

 

Congratulations to all scholarship recipients!

The Kentucky Propane Gas Association provides its membership with legislative, regulatory, and operational support, while fostering fellowship in order to safely expand, enhance, and promote the growth and professionalism of the propane industry.