Welcome to Memphis From President Laura Roussel
   NPECA Rocks Memphis in 2017!

Welcome all my fellow NPECA members! Here we are in Memphis, “Home of the Blues” at our association’s 80th Annual NPECA Conference. Where has the year gone? Memphis is a great venue for our conference with so much music history. The “Delta Blues” originated here with its rich musical heritage long before the Rock n’ Roll soul of Elvis Presley, and others, stepped inside Sun Studio to give Memphis the distinction of conceiving rock n’ roll.  The music in Memphis runs deeper than the rolling waters of the Mississippi River. We’re glad you are here to help NPECA “Rock Memphis in 2017”.

I want to thank our Program Committee Chairman, Terry Faber, for his hard work and organizational skills in bringing together an exceptional education agenda for everyone attending this year. Also, Greg Pellegrino, who was instrumental in assembling topics and speakers for the Payments members, was a big help to Terry along with 23 other members of the Program Committee who help teach, instruct and educate NPECA members. Many other committees have been working very hard since last year to make sure NPECA has scholarships, certification, governance and long-range planning to keep NPECA members on the cutting edge. We are a volunteer organization and depend on all of our members to serve on committees and to achieve success individually and as an organization. I encourage you to join a committee while you are in Memphis. It is a truly rewarding experience.

“Volunteers are not paid. Not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

I must extend a special “Thank You” to our sponsors for this, and every, conference. It simply would not be possible to host an event of this quality without the assistance we receive from our sponsors. Not only do they support NPECA through their financial resources but also by joining NPECA as members, serving on committees and volunteering to help however they can. Twenty-one companies are sponsoring in Memphis – 14 returning sponsors and 7 first-time sponsors. “Thank You”.

I saved my most sincere gratitude for all of our NPECA members; those attending as well as those who cannot attend this year. Every member makes a difference in NPECA. 394 members (as of this letter), representing 110 companies in the U.S. Mexico and Canada. This is truly an accomplishment that everyone should be proud of. So, “Thank You” and your company/employer for encouraging you to attend and for allowing me to serve as your President this year. I can only describe the NPECA organization as ‘family’. This has been a rewarding and priceless experience that I have learned from and will always remember.
Laura Roussel
Murphy Oil USA
NPECA President, 2016-2017