By Kristen Wright
Six of the nine expert speakers at the 2019 PEI Young Executives Winter Conference connect during the opening night Black & White Ball. Panelists are,
from left: Steve Trabilsy, commercial and fleet sales manager at Stenstrom Petroleum Services Group and 2016 PEI president; Dennis Rethmeier, retired
owner of Western Pump Inc. and 2011 PEI president; Joey Batchelor, president and CEO of Guardian Fueling Technologies; Paola Bravo, president and
CEO of S. Bravo Systems; Jon Kelly, CEO of Canary Compliance; and Ryan Lipert, director of fuel supply at Filld.
Ask anyone who attended the 2019 PEI Young Executives (YE) Winter Conference to summarize the event, and you’ll get two answers: 1) It was ridiculously cold;
and 2) The topics, panels and roundtables were punchy and
addressed coming changes.
An Arctic blast dipped into Long Beach, California,
for the Feb. 6-8 event. Young execs, speakers and PEI staff
learned more Queen Mary facts than expected. For example,
the ocean liner, which took its maiden voyage in 1936, was
stripped of its boiler room heat source after it permanently
docked in Long Beach in 1967. In addition, giving away
Queen Mary logo blankets as prizes spurred eager participa-
tion in the YE trivia contest.
Committee members Tracy Emerson, of Petroleum
Processing Solutions, and Joe DiAndrea, of Island Pump
& Tank, arranged a pre-conference day trip excursion to