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Written on: April 15, 2024

The 2024 NPGA Expo was held in Charlotte, NC April 5-7. Attendees reported enjoying Charlotte as a new venue for the Expo. In addition to being the first Expo in Charlotte, a few other firsts took place in Charlotte including the launch of the NPGA Young Professionals Council, an organization for industry members 40 years old and younger. In addition, the Women in Propane hosted their first live “Through the Leadership Lens” podcast with an audience.

The LP Gas Hall of Fame Dinner was held Thursday, April 4 and inducted Joe and Rosie Buschur of McMahan’s Bottle Gas, Randy Doyle of MAPCO/Thermogas, Bruce Swiecicki of the National Propane Gas Association and Mike Walters of Superior Energy Systems.

The Expo Trade Show was kicked off with comments from NPGA President & CEO Steve Kaminski and PERC President & CEO Tucker Perkins along with a Keynote Address from Rusty Wallace, the voice of NASCAR and a longtime driver.

Executive Producer Jessica Johnson with NPGA has directed impactful podcast episodes in which hosts Bridget Kidd with the Propane Education & Research Council and Freddie Ridler with Rural Computer Consultants (RCC) met with industry influencers to discuss leadership topics, personal stories, and everything in between. At the live recording of the “Through the Leadership Lens” podcast, Kidd and Ridler sat down with Lauren Clark of Bergquist, Inc., Christina Armentano of Paraco Gas Corp., John Pena of SEPATEC and Tamria Zertuche of Ferrellgas and discussed how their leadership journey has changed since their first time on the podcast.