For Immediate Release: December 5, 2016
Florida’s leading retail advocacy organization highlights those issues and topics important to retailers and which will be the focus in the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session
TALLAHASSEE, FL – With the Florida House of Representatives in committee weeks this week and the Senate set to follow suit next week, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, announced its 2017 Legislative Agenda in preparation for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session in March. The agenda highlights those issues which are important to the success of retailers and Florida’s business community and which FRF will be focused on.
FRF & FPMA are excited to announce our 2017 Legislative Agenda! This diverse agenda - which was created based solely on feedback from you, our members, and voted on at our October Fall Retail Summit - highlights the issues that our influential Governmental Affairs Team will be focusing on this upcoming session in supporting the needs of retail businesses in Florida and ensuring you remain successful. (*This list does not include issues that may pop up as we get closer to session or during it*)
We are proud of our legislative impact and successes in recent years and we look forward to working with the Governor's Office and state legislators on passing legislation that will benefit our members and strengthen Florida's retail industry.
GENERAL RETAIL BUSINESS
Back in September, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an emergency rule that would require businesses responsible for instances of pollution to notify the state and the public about those instances on an expedited timeline. Under the emergency rule, notification is required to the DEP and to local government officials and the media.
DEP is now in the process of passing a final rule to address pollution notification. Below is the revised proposed rule:
Positive changes have been made to the rule. The rule is now more clear about what amounts of pollutants trigger the notification requirements. But the rule still raises concerns about the cost to business and the potential for ineffective and inaccurate information being shared with the public. We believe the DEP should be the central clearinghouse for the notification of pollution.
We are submitting our comments to the DEP to encourage further changes to the rule. Please share this rule within your companies and let us know what concerns you have. If you have real-life examples regarding how this could negatively impact your business, please share those with us so that we can educate the DEP about the impact of this rule.
Comments will only be received by the state agency up until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9, so please get back with us as soon as you are able. We appreciate your input.
Hear what happened to an endurance athlete when he ate nothing but gas station food for a month!
There’s a perception that “healthy eating” doesn’t take place outside of the home. Restaurants, gas stations, fast-food establishments—they’re all spoken of as if they’re part of the problem. But are they?
Frank Beard, an endurance athlete from Iowa, wanted to do something extreme and change the conversation. So he recently conducted an experiment. To prove that it is possible to stay healthy while eating out, he consumed only gas station food for 30 days.
FPMA’s national partners at the NACS Convenience Matters podcast, led by program co-hosts Jeff Lenard of NACS and John Eichberger of the Fuels Institute, talk to Beard about his experiment in “30 Days of Gas Station Food.” The program can be downloaded on iTunes by searching for Convenience Matters. It also is available at nacsonline.com/podcasts. Frank’s goal was to gain no more than five pounds after eating nothing but food from gas stations for 30 consecutive days. Find out not only his final results but what else he learned about the industry during his journeys!
Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm and recovery efforts. The application period is from today through November 11, 2016.
DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please go to flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda and select “Hurricane Matthew” from the drop-down menu.
DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide an expedient cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.
Owners of small businesses with two to 100 employees located in 67 counties affected by Hurricane Matthew can apply for short-term loans for up to $25,000. Loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days and are interest-free for that time period. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to October 3, 2016, and demonstrate economic or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
To complete an application by the Nov. 11 deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network state office at 850-898-3489.
Were you scheduled to attend the Florida Remediation Conference PRP session that was canceled? Looking for another opportunity to learn more about PRP and tank compliance issues? Well then, make sure to join us for the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP) & Tank Compliance Symposium during the FRF/FPMA Fall Meeting & Retail Summit taking place October 26 from 9am-4pm at the Daytona Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Shores, FL. Featuring leaders from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this event is critical if you are an ATC contractor, own a tank, deal with tanks, own property where there is or was a tank, or are financing one. You do not want to miss this important session!
Presented by FDEP Staff: Bill Burns, Compliance Administrator; Diane Pickett, Program Administrator; John Wright, Chief Engineer
Who should attend: Marketers, dealers, property owners, bankers, realtors and ATCs
This comprehensive sessions will focus on critical issues for the PRP and Compliance Programs. Specific topics include:
FPMA Important Member Update
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
Division of Consumer Services
RULE NO.: 5JER16-1
RULE TITLE: Volatility Standards for Gasoline
SPECIFIC REASONS FOR FINDING AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE: As a result of the effects on the supply and distribution of fuel following an incident in Alabama requiring Colonial Pipeline to shut down Pipeline #1, which routes gasoline to the east coast, extreme and unusual circumstances exist that will prevent the distribution of an adequate fuel supply to consumers in specified Florida counties. Several other southeastern states have issued similar fuel volatility waivers. Pursuant to these actions by the other southeastern states, and following the adoption of this emergency rule, waiving certain volatility standards in specified Florida counties will allow for adequate and rapid distribution of available fuel, helping to stabilize the fuel market in the specified counties, thus protecting the welfare of Florida consumers in these counties. Specifically, the affected counties in Florida are Escambia, Jackson, Leon, and Okaloosa.
REASON FOR CONCLUDING THAT THE PROCEDURE IS FAIR UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES: This emergency rule was initiated at the request of fuel suppliers in order to more adequately meet the fuel needs of Florida consumers in these specified counties, as a result of current fuel shortages created by an incident in Alabama requiring Colonial Pipeline to shut down Pipeline #1, which routes gasoline to the east coast. This emergency rule will help alleviate present distribution difficulties and shortages of motor fuel resulting from this event to provide relief to affected areas in Florida.
SUMMARY: This emergency rule allows for the retail distribution and sale of gasoline of a different volatility class than adopted in ASTM International designation D4814-13a as adopted in Rule 5J-21.001, F.A.C., for the period beginning October 4, 2016, through October 31, 2016, in Escambia, Jackson, Leon, and Okaloosa counties in Florida. The specific standards affected are indicated below.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE EMERGENCY RULE IS: Richard Kimsey, Chief, Bureau of Standards, 3125 Conner Blvd., Bldg. #2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)921-1570
THE FULL TEXT OF THE EMERGENCY RULE IS: 5JER16-1 Volatility Standards for Gasoline (1) Volatility Class D-4 fuels as specified in ASTM International designation D4814-13a, shall be allowed for the time period from October 4, 2016, through October 31, 2016, for retail distribution and sale in Escambia, Jackson, Leon, and Okaloosa counties. Rulemaking Authority 525.037, 525.14, 570.07(23) FS. Law Implemented 525.01, 525.037, 525.14 FS. History - New 10-4-16.
Governor Rick Scott today signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.
Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. Today, I signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure we have resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state. We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared."
FRF and FPMA will remain in constant contact with Governor Scott's office as well as the Division of Emergency Management for all pre-or post-Hurricane coordination efforts. We will continue to pass along any information pertaining to this hurricane going forward.
Please note that because an emergency has been declared that emergency pricing restrictions are in effect.
For Immediate Release: September 29, 2016
FRF & FPMA eager to see the positive impact this legislation will have in keeping Floridians and visitors safe from credit card fraud at Sunshine State gas stations
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, and the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (FPMA), remind Floridians statewide that effective October 1, increased security measures take effect at gas stations statewide to protect consumers from gas pump skimmer fraud. SB912, sponsored by Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Dana Young, becomes law this weekend in protecting credit card information while also making it easier to charge someone for committing gas pump skimmer fraud.
“With more than 10,000 gas pumps in Florida, and the potential for one skimmer to impact more than 100 people, this important legislation will go a long way towards protecting millions of Florida’s residents and visitors,” said Randy Miller, FRF President & CEO. “FRF and FPMA were proud to work with Senator Flores, Representative Young and Commissioner Adam Putnam on the passage of this bill and we look forward to it making Florida a safer place.”
SB912, which passed unanimously this past legislative session, requires gas stations to have, at a minimum, security tape on their pumps to show the pump hasn’t been tampered with. The law would make the crime of tampering with a gas pump a second degree felony and the possibility of 15 years prison time, which is an increase from the previous penalties of a third degree felony and just five years in prison. The new law also makes law enforcements’ job easier to charge someone who is in possession of counterfeit credit cards. Previously, it would require ten fake cards to be charged with a second degree felony, now it only requires five cards for the same charge.
Florida’s convenience stores increased from 9,737 in 2014 to more than 10,000 in 2015, which ranked third among all states according to the 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.
Below is the Emergency Rule that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued regarding notification of pollution. The Emergency Rule as drafted creates questions about when notification is required. We are working with DEP to clear up these questions. We recognize and agree with the necessity of prompt notification of pollution. Our businesses, our communities and our state are best served when pollution is quickly and completely addressed and its harm is minimized or eliminated. We want to make sure our member businesses are fully compliant without creating unnecessary burdens for local officials and needless concern for citizens. As we receive more detailed information from DEP, we will share this information with you.
Notice of Emergency Rule
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
RULE NO.: 62ER16-1
RULE TITLE: Public Notice of Pollution
SPECIFIC REASONS FOR FINDING AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE: In a "Specific Finding of Immediate Danger to the Public Health, Safety, or Welfare," which was published on the date of this emergency rule (available at www.dep.state.fl.us/pollutionnotice) and filed with the Secretary of State's Office, Secretary Steverson found that there is a need to immediately require specific notification to the public of any incident or discovery of pollution that may cause a threat to the air, surface waters, or groundwater of the state. These circumstances present an immediate hazard to public health, safety, or welfare which requires emergency action.
REASON FOR CONCLUDING THAT THE PROCEDURE IS FAIR UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES: Prompt notification to the public is necessary regarding any incident or discovery of pollution that may cause a threat to the air, surface waters, or groundwater of the state such that public health could be at risk. The Secretary will commence rulemaking procedures for the emergency rule immediately.
SUMMARY: The provisions of the action provide a requirement that owners and operators of any installation provide notifications to the Department, local government officials, and the public whenever there is an incident or discovery of pollution at an installation within 24 hours. In addition, the owner and operator would be required to provide a subsequent notice within 48 hours that describes any potentially affected areas beyond the property boundary of the installation, and the potential risk to public health, safety, or welfare. The owners and operators are required to notify the Department, local government officials, and the property owner within 24 hours of becoming aware that pollution from an installation has affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE EMERGENCY RULE IS: Robert A. Williams, Chief Deputy General Counsel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS-35 Tallahassee, FL 32399
THE FULL TEXT OF THE EMERGENCY RULE IS:
62ER16-01Public Notice of Pollution
Any owner or operator of any installation who has knowledge of any pollution at such installation shall provide notice of the pollution as follows:
(1)Within 24 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Departmentand the following persons, in writing, of such pollution:
(a)The mayor, the chair of the county commission, or the comparable senior elected official representing the affected area.
(b)The city manager, the county administrator, or the comparable senior official representing the affected area.
(c)The general public by providing notice to local broadcast television affiliates and a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the contamination.
(2)Within 48 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Department and persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(c), in writing, of any potentially affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, and the potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare.
(3)Within 24 hours of becoming aware of pollution from an installation that has affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, the owner or operator shall notify, in writing, the property owner of any affected area, the Department, and the persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(b).
(5)Failure to provide this notification shall be considered a violation and subject to penalties for purposes of Section 403.161, Florida Statutes.
Rulemaking Authority 377.22(2), 403.061(7), 403.061(8), 403.062, 403.855(1), 403.861(9) FS. Law Implemented 377.21, 377.371, 403.061(16), 403.061(17), 403.061(18), 403.062, 403.855(3), 403.861(9) FS. History-New 9-26-16.
THIS RULE TAKES EFFECT UPON BEING FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE UNLESS A LATER TIME AND DATE IS SPECIFIED IN THE RULE.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 09/26/2016
For Immediate Release: September 27, 2016
Gov. Scott: I am directing immediate change to the public notification laws following pollution incidents
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, following the sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole at Mosaic's New Wales facility, Governor Scott is directing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents to take effect immediately. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident.
Governor Scott will also propose legislation during the next legislative session to ensure the public is kept informed of incidents of pollution that may cause a threat to public health and to Florida's air and water resources. This legislation will amend current law which only requires public notification when pollution moves off-site of where the incident took place and threatens public health. This legislation will put the 24-hour public notification requirements into law as well as increase the fine amounts and penalties on any violators.
Governor Scott said, "It does not make sense that the public is not immediately notified when pollution incidents occur and that is why I am directing DEP to immediately issue an emergency rule implementing strict requirements for public notification within 24 hours. Today, I am demanding any business, county or city government responsible for a pollution incident to immediately tell the public. That is common sense and our residents deserve that.
"While DEP was on-site to investigate the situation at Mosaic in less than 24 hours and followed current state laws to notify the public, our laws are outdated and must immediately be changed. When we find laws, rules and regulations that aren't common sense, it is incumbent on us to immediately make changes like we are doing today. Not only am I directing an emergency rule to begin today, but I will fight for legislation next session to ensure the 24-hour public notification requirements are codified in law and the penalties to any violators are severely strengthened.
"Tomorrow, I will be at Mosaic's New Wales facility to get a briefing from company officials and to view the sinkhole. Last week, I directed DEP to immediately investigate the sewage spill in Pinellas County and also to expedite their investigation into the sinkhole at Mosaic. I also directed DOH to immediately assist DEP to ensure our drinking water is safe. Both of these investigations are still ongoing, and should a violation be found, all responsible parties will be held accountable with appropriate penalties and sanctions once DEP concludes their work. We must do everything we can to ensure residents and visitors have access to clean and safe water, and are informed when incidents occur that could potentially have an impact on their health."
As directed by Governor Scott, the emergency rule will require the owner or operator of any facility, including a city or county government, to provide notification of incidents of pollution within 24-hours to DEP, local governments and the general public through the media.
The new rule will apply regardless of whether the impacts of the pollution remain on-site or not. This will apply to any pollution affecting Florida's air or water resources, such as unauthorized discharges of treated and untreated wastewater and industrial wastewater releases. The emergency rule will last for 90 days. DEP will also simultaneously begin the formal rulemaking process to gather public input and make the rule change permanent.
Secretary Jon Steverson said, "The safety of Floridians and our environment is always a top priority of the department. It is extremely important that Floridians are quickly notified of incidents of pollution that could potentially affect public health and the environment, and this emergency rule will give DEP the authority needed to ensure the public is kept informed when these instances occur."
The following outlines the new notification requirements directed by Governor Scott that will begin immediately:
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2016
Four future leaders recognized for their commitment to academics and continuing education; Winners – hailing from Pembroke Pines, Jacksonville, Eustis & Margate - are part of the petroleum/c- store community
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries, proudly announces the winners of its four 2016 FPMA Scholarships. The winners are:
All four will be presented with their $6,000 scholarships at FPMA’s annual Sunshine EXPO taking place July 29-August 1 at the Marriott World Center Orlando. This is the 34th year that FPMA, a division of the Florida Retail Federation, has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college freshmen. “Our members and their families are what make FPMA and our industry a success, and to be able to recognize deserving students who could be the future of our industry is something we’re proud of,” said FPMA Scholarship Chairman Marc Gomes. “We are looking forward to honoring Sydney, Lucy, Madison and Kathy at the Sunshine EXPO and are excited about what the future holds for each of them.”
SYDNEY KLYCZEK – PEMBROKE PINES
Sydney recently graduated from Chaminade-Madonna Prep. She plans to attend Florida State University and pursue a degree in Business. Sydney and her father, Richard E Klyczek Jr., both work at Tom Thumb Food Stores, Inc.
LUCY RODRIGUEZ -- JACKSONVILLE
Lucy’s family works for First Coast Energy, LLP and she recently graduated from the Bolles School. She is interested in pursuing a degree in art or design in college.
MADISON SCARINGELLA – EUSTIS
Madison has been dual enrolled at Sumter State College and plans to continue her education at the University of South Florida, majoring in Social Work. Madison’s father is Mike Scaringella, who works for Terra Sonic International.
KATHY WEICH – MARGATE
Kathy graduated from Coral Springs Charter School and plans to attend the University of Florida and pursue a degree in Biology. Kathy’s family works for Lank Oil Company.
For 34 years, FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs of their own. The winners were selected from a diverse and impressive pool of applicants. Eligible students need a GPA of 3.5 or higher, must be a Florida resident and own or are employed by an FPMA member company, or are a financial dependent of an owner or employee of an FPMA member company or must enroll in a minimum course load of 12 hours.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies.
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016
Florida’s 10,000 c-stores, third most in the nation, helped contribute significantly to the record-breaking $226 billion in sales in 2015
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), today announced that in-store sales nationally for convenience stores reached a record $226 billion in 2015, an increase of almost six percent from the year prior. The industry’s 2015 metrics are based on the State of the Industry survey from FPMA’s partners at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).
“Convenience stores are appealing to a larger and more diverse audience each year by offering a greater selection of food and hot and cold beverages,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “Our members recognize the importance of expanding their offerings, and this new report proves that consumers are responding positively to these changes.”
Convenience stores sell 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and a continued period of low gasoline prices caused the overall sales in the convenience and fuel retailing industry to decrease significantly, dropping 17.4%. However, low gas prices and a recovering economy benefited retailers by driving more consumers inside the store. This resulted in total sales inside of the store reaching a record $225.8 billion in 2015.
Foodservice, a broad category that includes prepared and commissary foods, hot dispensed beverages (coffee) and cold and frozen dispensed drinks, continues to be a key focus for growth in the convenience store channel, contributing 20.8% of in-store sales in 2015 and accounting for 33.7% of gross profit dollars.
Here’s how in-store sales were broken down in 2015:
Beyond sales, convenience stores remain an important part of the economy. The convenience and fuel retailing industry employed 2.5 million people in 2015 (a 2.9% increase from 2014). The industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1985, the store count was 90,900 stores, at year-end 1995 the store count was 101,100 stores and at year-end 2005 the store count was 140,665 stores.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, the mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies. For more information, visit the FPMA website, and follow FPMA on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.
For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
Nationally-renowned political and public affairs expert Castellanos will share his thoughts and expectations for the presidential election as well as other important national races during the Southeast’s premier trade show for retailing
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), today announced that CNN national Political Analyst Alex Castellanos will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2016 Sunshine EXPO®, the premier trade show for retailing in the State of Florida. Taking place July 29-August 1 at the Orlando Marriott World Center, the EXPO features more than 2,500 attendees, 350 exhibitors and some of the biggest names in the industry gathered to network, learn and showcase new products and technology. Castellanos will speak Saturday, July 30 at Noon.
“We are honored to have someone with the experience and reputation of Mr. Castellanos addressing the thousands of convenience store owners, petroleum marketers and business leaders during the Sunshine EXPO®,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “We look forward to Mr. Castellanos sharing his thoughts on the upcoming national elections and letting our members know what to expect and how their businesses might be impacted.”
With nearly four decades of political and private sector consulting experience in the U.S. and around the globe, Alex Castellanos has developed communications strategies and campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies and helped elect U.S. Senators, Governors and Presidents. Castellanos co-founded Purple Strategies, a bipartisan public affairs firm, appears regularly on Meet the Press and currently serves as a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”
In 2007, GQ Magazine named him one of the 50 Most Influential People in D.C. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been credited with the discovery of the political “soccer-mom” and called “father of the attack ad.”
“I want to thank Ned Bowman and FPMA for inviting me to address the Florida business and industry leaders who will be in attendance during the EXPO, and allowing me to share my thoughts on where things stand politically in our country and what the future holds,” said Castellanos.
The Sunshine EXPO continues to serve as one of the nation’s premier convenience and fuel retailing events designed to support the industry, including educational programs, renowned speakers and networking opportunities. This year’s EXPO has been expanded to incorporate the popular annual Loss Prevention Conference and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year events, making the 2016 Sunshine EXPO® the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida. With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.
For more information, please visit www.sunshineexpo.com.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, the mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.