Stoweflake Resort in Stowe
Thursday, June 1
7:30 Registration Opens — Gallery
7:45 Breakfast for Exhibitors— Atrium & Stowe Room
8:00 Executive Board Meeting — Mansfield Room
9:00 Trade Show Opens — Atrium & Stowe Room
10:00 State of the Industry — Atrium & Stowe Room
Join us as we release the Vermont Heating Fuel and Service Industry Report. Find out about pay, benefits and the economic impact of our industry, and what’s next for fuel companies in Vermont. Also, the latest on the legislative fix in Montpelier over who pays the sales tax on dyed diesel and the 2-cent Fuel Tax.
10:30 Break Spend some time with VFDA’s associate members on the trade show floor and outside.
11:00 Jobs, Diversification & Growing Gallons – Beatrice Room
Find out how the Vermont Heating Fuel and Service Workforce Training Pilot Program is designed to identify individuals who need work, get them trained, and place them with heating fuel and service companies. Discover how other companies are diversifying their products and services to improve profitability. Propane retailers can take home tools from the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) Growing Gallons program.
Featuring Craig Snyder with Wesson Energy, Bob Hedden with NORA, Joe Rose with PGANE, and Matt Cota with VFDA.
11:30 Fuel Assistance Update — Stuart Room
The Fuel Assistance Certification Agreements expired at the end of April. Learn what will be in the next contract and how much money will be available. Featuring Bobby Arnell, Vermont Fuel Assistance Office
Noon Lunch — Atrium Lawn Special Guest: Governor Phil Scott, Invited
1:30 Afternoon Business Seminars
Fuel Oil Tanks — Beatrice Room
Vermont’s new Tank Regulations impact all aboveground heating oil and kerosene tanks. The regulations create an inspection schedule, require an inspection on first fill, and list violations which would require a fuel oil tank to be red tagged. Find out who can certify tanks and take home examples of marketing materials available for free to help oilheat companies communicate the new regulations to their customers. Learn about new software solutions that allows your technicians to quickly and easily complete tank inspections on any mobile device or tablet and log it into a database for your company.
Featuring Jim Tyrrell with Powderhorn, Bob Hedden with NORA, Matt Moran with Vermont DEC (invited)
Federal Funding and Regulations — Stuart Room
The Trump administration has proposed significant changes to the way the federal government funds programs and enforces regulations that could impact heating fuel dealers. Among the issues covered will be medical exams, driver training, hours of service, propane tank re-certification, hazmat placards, EPA funding, and much more. This seminar will also review the Vermont Occupation Health and Safety Administration (VOSHA) workplace standards as they relate to fuel distributors and retail gas stations. We will cover common VOSHA violations as well as written programs, employee training, record keeping and monitoring requirements.
Featuring ATC Group Services Thomas Broido, PGANE CEO Leslie Anderson, and PMAA Attorney Mark Morgan
4:00 VFDA Hospitality House — Meadows Townhouse
5:00 Cocktail Hour — Atrium Lawn
6:00 President’s Dinner, Founder’s Award Presentation and Raffle — The Stowe Room
7:30 VFDA Presents: Critical Incident Awareness
Heating fuel and service companies have many challenges. Transporting fuel and being in and around our customer’s home is one that has become increasingly more dangerous. Now more than ever— it is important to learn how you and your staff can respond to these incidents appropriately. Learn from Lt. Michael Pearl on how to effectively mitigate and handle situations before they get out of control.
9:00 VFDA Hospitality House Re-Opens — Meadows Townhouse
Friday, June 2
8:00 Registration for Golf Scramble—Stowe Country Club
9:00 am Shotgun Start