Fuels Institute Announces Board, Officers, Staff

Douglass, Ricker, Sabia among inaugural directors; Eichberger to oversee day-to-day ops

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Fuels Institute, an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS, has announced its board of directors, the election of officers and the appointment of its executive director.

The Fuels Institute's inaugural directors are:

  • Bill Douglass, managing partner, Douglass Distributing Co., Sherman, Texas.
  • Norman Herrera, manager of corporate development, Chesapeake Energy Corp, Oklahoma City.
  • Jay Ricker, chair/owner, Ricker Oil Co., Anderson, Ind.
  • Ron Sabia, president and COO, Gulf Oil, Cumberland Gulf Group of Cos., Framingham, Mass.
  • Norman Turiano, principal, Turiano Strategic Consulting LLC, Cape Coral, Fla.
  • Michael Whatley, executive vice president, Consumer Energy Alliance, Washington.
  • Bob Wimmer, national manager of energy and environmental research, Toyota Motor North America Inc., Washington.

In addition, the organization has named John Eichberger executive director of the Fuels Institute; he will direct its research projects and oversee day-to-day operations. Eichberger currently serves as vice president of government relations at NACS and will retain his position at NACS while serving as executive director of the Fuels Institute.

The Fuels Institute also announced its election of officers. It elected Bill Douglass as chairman, Jay Ricker as treasurer and John Eichberger as secretary.

Incorporated last week in Virginia, the Fuels Institute is a nonprofit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. Its governing structure incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, fuel retailers, fuel producers and refiners, alternative and renewable fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, consumer organizations, academics, government entities and others with expertise in the fuels and automotive industries.

The Fuels Institute will commission and publish comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects will help to inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market. It will deliver comprehensive and balanced research and analysis concerning fuels, vehicles and related policy issues in order to create a market in which consumers can safely, conveniently and affordably purchase the fuels they desire.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing.