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PERC Names Hyland, Taylor to Industry Programs,
Propane Autogas Posts

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2012) — The Propane Education & Research Council has named two industry veterans, Pat Hyland and Mike Taylor, to key roles on the PERC staff, Roy Willis, president and CEO, announced today.

Pat Hyland joins PERC as director of industry programs. For the last 15 years, Pat has worked for Questex Media, serving as the editor in chief of LP Gas magazine. Before that, Pat worked for the Catholic Universe Bulletin for eight years, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before that. Pat has a long history with the propane industry, having previously served on the conventions committee of the National Propane Gas Association for eight years, and in 2007 he helped launch a campaign to help raise awareness of, promote early detection of, and find a cure for prostate cancer.

"The director of industry programs is the eyes and ears of PERC with state associations and oversees both the assessment rebate program and other initiatives to connect PERC with the industry's grass roots," Willis said. "Pat has spent a decade and a half covering the people, the issues, and the events of our industry," Willis said. "His strong communication skills and leadership ability will serve the industry and PERC well."

Mike Taylor joins PERC as director of autogas business development. For the last four years, Mike served as director of fleet management at Heritage Propane. Prior to Heritage Propane, Mike enjoyed a 22-year career in the school transportation industry. He served as general manager and managing partner of Cardinal Bus Sales LLC, a premier Blue Bird distributorship in the state of Indiana. During his 20-year tenure with Blue Bird, he was appointed to numerous management positions, most notably regional manager. Mike served as chairman of the former PERC Engine Fuel Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2011, and most recently he served as co-chairman of the Research and Technology Development Working Group. 

"Mike has the leadership experience and important relationships both inside and outside the propane industry needed to take our propane autogas efforts to a new level of acceptance and success in the marketplace," Willis said. "Autogas represents an important opportunity for the industry, and Mike will help build upon industry initiatives to expand demand for propane in on-road applications."

In both instances Willis said PERC is filling vacancies and not adding new staff positions. "Staff turnover is something every organization deals with," he said. "Fortunately, we've been able to strengthen PERC by bringing on board experienced, highly qualified people with valuable knowledge of the propane industry and PERC, so they can hit the ground running."

Additional staff changes will be announced soon, Willis said, as PERC moves into the "implementation phase" of sweeping organizational changes announced last fall.