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    Propane Council Approves Organizational Re-engineering Plan

    Council proposes to advance its commercialization efforts through realigned staff, committees


    Propane Council Approves Organizational Re-engineering Plan

    WASHINGTON (October 21, 2011) — The Propane Education & Research Council, meeting here last week, approved a plan to re-engineer its headquarters staff and advisory committees to enhance its safety and training programs and, in particular, its research and development program, which helps manufacturers bring new propane-fueled products to residential, commercial, agricultural, on-road, and off-road markets.

    Under the plan, PERC will have three advisory committees — focused on research and development, training, and markets, respectively — instead of the five it has now. The Council’s approval of the plan gives the president and CEO the authority to make necessary staffing changes and to publish an amendment to PERC Policies, Rules, and Procedures for public review.

    Chairman Joe Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas of Rye Brook, N.Y., said that the re-engineering of PERC staff and advisory committees will be done by the time the Council meets in December.

    In remarks to the Council, Armentano explained that PERC’s communications strategy for 2012 will emphasize consistency in branding and messaging across PERC’s wide reach. He stressed the importance of “a new communications strategy implemented for solidarity across the board.”

    In other Council business last week:

    •    The Council welcomed Alan McEwan, engine fuel programs manager, to PERC. McEwan, a 25-year veteran of the automotive industry, was most recently director of business development for the engineering service division of Mahle 
         Powertrain in Detroit.

    •    Mike Sloan, an economist with ICF International in Vienna, Va., presented the 2011 Propane Market Outlook.

    The Council approved the following funding requests:

    Docket 17382 — Propane FEED Program, $650,000
    Docket 17385 — Commercialization of AFI’s Four-Row Banded/Full Flamer, $251,000

    Safety and Training
    Docket 17186 — Crane Operator Training Program, $263,000
    Docket 17376 — Transport Operator Training, $237,500
    Docket 17377 — Converting 4.1 and 4.2 E-Learning Programs to SCORM Compliant Framework, $138,130

    The Council will next meet December 8 and 9 in The Woodlands, Texas.