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Bob Renkes to Retire from PEI; Rick Long Named His Successor

The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) board of directors has named Rick Long executive vice president and general counsel of the organization, effective June 1, 2017.

Long will replace Bob Renkes, the current executive vice president and general counsel, who will retire from PEI on May 31, 2017, after 38 years with the association.

“PEI is fortunate to be able to maintain continuity in only the second leadership transition in the association’s 65-year history. We are pleased that Rick Long will be taking over as executive vice president and general counsel when Bob Renkes leaves PEI,” said Steve Trabilsy, president of PEI. “Rick brings a great deal of experience to the job and has been a strong leader throughout his time at PEI.”

Long has served as PEI’s general manager since 2009. He also is editor-in-chief of the PEI Journal and associate general counsel of the association. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Long earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law, both with honors. Prior to joining PEI, he practiced corporate law and founded a strategic communications firm that provided customized marketing, management and technical resources to market-leading corporations, associations and small businesses.

“I’m deeply honored to follow Howard Upton and Bob Renkes as the third executive vice president and general counsel in PEI’s exceptional history,” Long said. “Thanks to our dedicated officers, directors, volunteer leaders and staff, PEI has built a record of exceptional service to our members and lasting contributions to the industry. In the days ahead, I am confident that we will expand on that record, even as the world in which PEI members operate continues to evolve.”

PEI is composed of more than 1,600 companies engaged in manufacturing and distributing equipment used in the fuel and fluid handling industry. Members are located in 50 states and 81 countries. PEI is the leading authority and source of information for the fuel and fluid handling equipment and services industry. The association is committed to promoting the value of distributor services and improving the business relationships and practices of its members. PEI is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla. For more information visit www.pei.org.

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