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Written on: January 30, 2024

The Missouri Propane Education and Research Council (MOPERC) has announced the election of its 2024 Directors and Officers. The Council consists of 15 volunteer members who guide the efforts of the Council to promote the safe use of propane through education, training and research.

All Directors elected are professionals in the propane industry and will serve three-year terms. Officers serve for one year. MOPERC programs are administered by executive staff. The installations occurred at the Council’s recent winter board meeting in Ridgedale.

Officers Elected:

Chair – Tim Peach, Pinnacle, Quincy, IL
Vice Chair- Brian Brooks, Brooks Gas, Marshfield
Treasurer – Jeff Reitz, Central States Bus, Fenton


Wholesale 1—Jeff Miller, Ferrellgas, St. Peters *
Wholesale 2—Mark Porth, CHS, Lawson
Wholesale 3—Ray Phillips, Growmark Energy, Ozark **

Retail 1—Kent Metcalf, Queen City Gas, Ozark
Retail 2—Tim Peach, Pinnacle, Quincy, IL
Retail 3—Jessica Booth-Haden, AmeriGas, Fordland
Retail 4—Samantha Reed Johnson, Reed Oil, Doniphan **
Retail 5— John Brokes, Big River Oil, Hannibal
Retail 6—Clayton Uthe, MFA Oil, Winston
Retail 7—Mitch Dane, Chilton Oil, Salem
Retail 8—Roger Hoff, Hoff Brothers, Perryville *
Retail 9— Brian Brooks, Brooks Gas, Marshfield

Affiliated 1—Steve Clayton, Gas Equipment Company, Earth City **
Affiliated 2—Jeff Reitz, Central States Bus, Fenton*

Public Member—Derek Poe, Missouri Propane Safety Commission*

* New appointee
**Reappointed to second term

The Council also recognized outgoing members Wayne Terpstra, James Greer and John Fling, and its previous chair, John Brokes.

MOPERC is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the Missouri legislature. MOPERC has helped thousands of Missouri homeowners replace water heaters, furnaces and other appliances with new, more energy-efficient models. The Council has established two funding programs to help companies reduce emissions: the Lawn Equipment Assistant Fund (LEAF) for professional landscape contractors who upgrade their equipment to propane, and the Clean Bus Program, which provides $2000 rebates to Missouri schools that acquire propane buses.

Propane has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Administration as a clean energy source and is the most popular alternative energy source in the world. Propane is currently used by approximately nine percent of the homes in Missouri for residential heat and is also widely used in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and transportation.