Former PMAA Chairman Larry Jordan has been selected to receive PMAA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented at a luncheon held in his honor on Tuesday, October 18, in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I am honored to receive this award and especially humbled to join the ranks of past recipients,” Jordan said.
Georgia marketer Tommy Thompson served as chairman of the 2016 DSA Committee and noted the committee was unanimous in choosing Jordan to be the recipient. “Mr. Jordan has been involved with PMAA since the late 1970s and has given so much to petroleum marketers across the country,” said Thompson. Serving on the committee with Thompson were: Grady Gaubert, Gaubert Oil Company; Dan Gilligan, former PMAA president and DSA recipient; Matt Bjornson, Bjornson Oil Company; Jimm Cross, Cross Petroleum, Inc.; and Eric DeGesero, Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey.
Jordan was born in 1945 in Apex, North Carolina, a few miles west of Raleigh. He attended Apex Senior High School where he played football, ran track and also worked for his grandfather, L.G. Jordan, and father, Guthrie Jordan, at the family business, L.G. Jordan Oil in Apex. He graduated from Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina, and from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before going to work for the family business, where he eventually served as company chairman.
Jordan served as mayor of Apex from 1981-1989 and was on the Apex Board of Commissioners and is a past president of the Wake County Mayors Association. He served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1991-92 as well as the state Environmental Management Commission and the National Federation of Independent Business State Leadership Council. He received the NFIB Small Business Champion Award in 2015.
Jordan has been active in the state’s Oil Jobbers Association, Petroleum Marketers Association and now the North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers. He served on the board of directors and as president of NCPMA in 1985. In 1993, he received the NCPMA Will Parker Award for distinguished service to the petroleum industry in North Carolina. With PMAA, Jordan has served as North Carolina board representative, Southeast chairman, PMAA Executive Committee member for ten years and PMAA Chairman in 2006.