Each state organization works as an active voice for petroleum marketers and convenience store operators with state government agencies and with state legislatures. The State Executives are well represented within their profession and represent marketers efficiently within their state. The WPMA head office coordinates regional issues and national issues as covered by PMAA. The members are kept informed of these matters through weekly updates and bimonthly magazines.
WPMA keeps members abreast of trends, changes, regulations, and laws affecting the petroleum industry. We do this through our magazine, Western Petroleum Marketers News, along with our weekly Update. These publications include current industry information, articles from officers and directors, general advertising (rates available upon request) and classified advertising. We also mail specific information, when necessary, concerning up-to-date changes in regulations and practices.
WPMA works continually to improve communications among all petroleum marketers through both local and state meetings and involvement in regional and national conventions. These meetings give petroleum marketers a chance to meet fellow marketers from other areas and exchange strategies and ideas. Those who attend these meetings, workshops, and trade exhibits gain ideas that help increase profits.
As one of our expanding services to our members, WPMA awards merit scholarships. The program awards a $4,000 scholarship to a deserving student within each of the seven WPMA member states each year, and one to a student from an associate member company. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and the son or daughter of a WPMA marketer or associate member or a full-time/permanent employee (part-time and temporaries are not eligible). The program is intended to help children of WPMA members receive a higher education, and may be used for either a college/university or a vocational/technical school. Any field of study will be considered for the awards, and the scholarships are renewable for up to four years at $1,000 each year. The scholarship program is supported by the WPMA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Donations to the foundation can provide tax benefits for WPMA members.
WPMA offers members a variety of health insurance plans provided by Western Mutual Insurance Company. WMI was started as a trust in 1974 by WPMA members. In 1987, it became a licensed insurance company, providing a full range of benefits for WPMA members.