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NPGA Honors AmeriGas CEO with Distinguished Service Award

At Propane Days 2011, June 14 to 16 in Washington, D.C., the National Propane Gas Association recognized AmeriGas President and CEO Gene Bissell with the organization’s most prestigious honor: the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to the NPGA or the propane industry. In the 80-year history of the NPGA, only 39 people have been given this award.

Gene served as the chairman of NPGA from 2002 to 2003, during which time the association refined its mission and strategy to become the industries advocate for government policies that promote safety and the growth of the propane industry. As a part of that new mission, the organization relocated its offices from Illinois to Washington, D.C. Gene and the other NPGA Executive Committee members led the association through the move and restructuring necessary to establish NPGA as a more effective advocate in issues involving the production, distribution and sale of odorized propane.

During Gene’s tenure as NPGA chairman, the federal government granted the propane industry’s request for exemption from the Chemical Security Act, and the NPGA developed a strategic partnership with the Propane Education and Research Council to make customer and employee safety training accessible to more people. Since his time as chairman, Gene has continued to serve as an NPGA board member.

Gene encourages other leaders in the industry to get involved in propane organizations on the state regional and national levels. Currently, more than 50 AmeriGas employees serve on committees and in leadership positions in propane gas associations. “Now, more than ever, I encourage industry employees to get involved with state, regional and national propane associations by attending meetings, serving on committees or accepting a role as an officer,” says Gene. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of organizations like NPGA and PERC, and we need those organizations to be strong and effective. We need to work together to promote safety, and to grow our industry. We will only be successful if we work together to promote our industry.”

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