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Kearns appointed chairman of petroleum marketers

MADISON, Wis.– The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association has appointed Ken Kearns as chairman of its board of directors.

Kearns is president of Prairie State Energy, with offices in Barrington and Lake Geneva, Wis. PSE owns and operates convenience stores and supplies wholesale fuels to independent station owners in Wisconsin and Illinois. Kearns began his career in the oil industry 35 years ago with Unocal 76, spending 20 years with that organization until it was sold.

“Representing our members’ interests is a great privilege,” Kearns said in a press release. “There are many important issues impacting our industry and I look forward to working with our members to move their businesses forward.”

Kearns has held many leadership positions in the oil industry, serving on many advisory boards for major oil companies. Most recently he was the chairman for the Marathon Jobber Advisor Board. He also has been on the WPMCA board for five years.

“We look forward to hearing Ken’s ideas for helping our members weather the regulatory storms that await us in 2013,” said WPMCA President Matt Hauser. “We welcome his insights and expertise.”

WPMCA represents more than 2,000 independent petroleum marketers, convenience store owners, truck stop and travel plaza operators, automotive oil change outlets and other automotive service providers throughout Wisconsin. These companies sell more than 80 percent of the motor fuel and nearly all the farm fuel and heating oil sold in Wisconsin. For more information, go to www.wpmca.org.

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