PEI CONVENTION PREVIEW
PEI Convention at the NACS Show 2017
If geopolitical cyberterrorists can bring
down three Ukrainian electric grids, should
the increasingly interconnected fueling industry
be concerned about similar cyberthreats?
Whodunit, and can they do it to the
fueling industry, too?
It’s a question experts will address during
one of several education sessions Oct. 17-
20 at the 2017 PEI Convention at the NACS
Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“We expect this session to be packed,” said
Rick Long, executive vice president and
general counsel of PEI. “Cybersecurity, the
‘internet of things’ and new technologies are
timely, global concerns, and our panelists
will offer insights on infrastructures critical
to life as we know it. Two experts from the
utility world will talk about the threats they’ve
encountered post-9/11. Two fuel equipment
manufacturers will tell us how they’re preparing
for a more interconnected industry.
And a U.S. policy expert will share how the
auto industry is developing protocols to protect
our transportation infrastructure.”
The utility experts are John D. McDonald
and Melissa Washington. McDonald, a professional
engineer with 48 years in the electricity
transmission and distribution industry,
is the smart grid business development
leader for North America at GE. Washington
is vice president of external affairs and
large customer services at Commonwealth
Edison Co. (ComEd), an electric utility that
serves 3.8 million customers across northern
The fuel industry panelists are Rajeev
Kumar and Thomas Park. Kumar is director
BY KRISTEN WRIGHT, MANAGING EDITOR, PEI
of system solutions at Wayne Fueling Systems,
part of Dover Fueling Solutions. He is
a 20-year veteran in the cloud solutions and
semiconductor industries and is responsible
for next-generation cloud services, forecourt
controllers and site networking for the U.S.
EMV rollout. Park is vice president of global
product management at Gilbarco, where he
drives the platform and strategies across all
Gilbarco products. His experience includes
positions at Booz Allen Hamilton and Ford
Panelist Jonathan R. Weinberger is vice
president of technology and innovation at
the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers,
where he coordinates programming on autos
and the internet of things. His experience
includes having worked as executive
secretary and associate general counsel
in the White House Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative and executive secretary
of the U.S. Treasury. He also served on the
staffs of two secretaries of state.
Long expects a session on fuels to draw a
large crowd, as well.
“This panel knows fuel from years of experience,
and they’ve been around long
enough to know what to expect next,” said
Rick Long, executive vice president and
general counsel of PEI. “You can ask them
about causes and cures for ULSD corrosion,
the future of fuels and anything relating to
underground storage tank systems, and
they’ll tell you the facts.”
Panelists are: John Eichberger, executive
director of the Fuels Institute; Manuch
Nikanjam, a Chevron Fellow and consulting
engineer for the CRC Diesel Performance
Group; and two experts from PEI RP committees,
Brad Hoffman, chairman of the
PEI UST System Inspection & Maintenance
Committee, and Edward S. Kubinsky Jr.,
chairman of the PEI Overfill, Release Detection
& Release Prevention Equipment Testing
Committee. The cyber and fuel sessions
will run concurrently from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 19.
The PEI Convention at the NACS Show will
feature a Latin American session in Spanish
to address the region’s needs.
Other sessions will cover leadership, an
economist’s economic outlook, confined
space entry, the true cost of revenue-producing
employees, how to find and keep
the right employees without stealing them,
exit strategies and employee engagement.
In addition to education, the PEI Convention
at the NACS Show will include a Fuel Equipment
& Services expo with 221 exhibitors in
700 booths and networking opportunities.
Registration provides admission to the
exhibit hall, education sessions, networking
events and the PEI Industry Reception. Tickets
to the PEI Kickoff Breakfast & General
session featuring former commander of the
USS Benfold Mike Abrashoff are $30 and
may be purchased on-site at registration.
Abrashoff will share how in 12 months he
“righted the ship” from being ranked near
the bottom of the U.S. Pacific Fleet to No. 1.
Registration is available at www.pei.org/peiconvention
nacs-show. International attendees
can request a letter of invitation at www.
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