National Convention Speakers

Get a quick overview of all the speakers at the upcoming National Convention

Stephen K. Bannon - Political Strategist and Media Executive
Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, February 20, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Stephen K. Bannon was CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. At the White House, he served as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. Mr. Bannon is the founder of Citizens of the American Republic, a 501(c)4 that advocates for populism and economic nationalism. He is an award winning documentary filmmaker and the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. A Goldman Sachs M&A banker, Mr Bannon has a Master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was a Surface Warfare Officer serving aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) in the western Pacific, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf. He served at the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Tuesday, February 19 - Educational Sessions

Rob Underwood - PMAA President

Federal Legislative Update

Rob Underwood is a native of Georgia, where he earned a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia. After graduation, he worked for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Rob joined PMAA in 2007 as PMAA’s Director of Government Relations, and was named President of PMAA in 2015.

Some of Rob's accomplishments include securing one of the most bipartisan Congressional letters sent to the EPA in recent years to address PMAA’s concerns with a costly Underground Storage Tank (UST) proposed rule. Rob also played a key role in reauthorizing the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) in 2014. Today, Rob’s most important role as PMAA President is serving its 47 state and regional trade associations as well as the 8,000 independent petroleum marketing companies before Congress and the federal agencies.

Gerry Ramm - Spirit Brand President

The Spirit Brand

Gerry has been in the petroleum marketing business since 1976, when he began working for Inland Oil Company, in Soap Lake, Washington.

Gerry bought Inland Oil in 1982. Shortly after that, he became involved in the Washington Oil Marketers Association and WPMA, serving in various leadership positions until he served as WPMA President in 2002. After completing his term as WPMA President, Gerry served on various committees with PMAA, until he became PMAA chairman in 2010.

During his service with PMAA, Gerry was instrumental in the creation of Spirit® Petroleum. Today he continues to build relationships with licensees while exploring new ideas to strengthen the brand.

Laramie Sandquist - Federated Insurance General Manager Risk Management Resources

Screening, Hiring, and Retaining Employees

Laramie Sandquist holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, an MBA in finance and risk management, and has earned several industry designations including CPCU, CLU, and ARM. His career with Federated Insurance has included positions of risk consultant, field production underwriter, risk management training manager, and risk manager – national accounts. His current position is general manager – risk management resources at Federated’ s Home Office in Owatonna, Minnesota. Laramie’s experience as a speaker, and his knowledge of and passion for risk management issues give him numerous opportunities to share his expertise with many trade association members and industry groups. He is also responsible for facilitating Federated Insurance Risk Management Academy® seminars as well as leading Federated’ s Risk Management Resource Center. As a native Minnesotan, Laramie appreciates the many opportunities for year-round outdoor activities the state offers him and his family. His wife and son often accompany him on running, biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and other “active” outings, including bowling, softball, and involvement in charitable events.

U.S. Secret Service

The Risk of Skimming and Best Practices to Avoid Fraud in the Work Place

The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, today the Secret Service is mandated by Congress to carry out the integrated missions of protection and investigations.

In 2003, the Secret Service was transferred from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security. Recognized for its central role in the protection of the nation’s leaders and the financial and critical infrastructure of the United States, the Secret Service contributes to the Department of Homeland Security’s common mission of protecting the American people from harm.

Sarah Brodbeck - Circle K

Future of Convenience Stores

Sarah Brodbeck is Senior Director of Global Fuels – North American Sourcing for Alimentation Couche-Tard. She leads the commercial activities surrounding supply and fuel procurement throughout ACT’s North American footprint, including the Circle K, Macs, Couche-Tard, Flash Foods, Holiday, NWF, and former Pantry store networks. Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated sites.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in supply and marketing roles for industry leading companies including RaceTrac Petroleum, TransMontaigne Product Partners, Marathon Petroleum Company, and Couche-Tard. She joined the company in 2015.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband Josh and son Cole.

Guy Beeman - Marathon Petroleum Corporation Manager, Federal Government Affairs

Renewable Fuel Standard Outlook

Guy Beeman, Jr. serves in the Washington, DC office of Marathon Petroleum where he represents the company before both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch. In addition, Guy serves on the Marathon Petroleum Corporation Employees Political Action Committee (MPAC) Board. MPAC is a voluntary political fund established to support pro‐business, pro‐industry candidates and current office holders, parties and committees at the local, state and federal level.

Guy began his career with Marathon in 2006 after graduating with a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from The University of Toledo. Prior to joining Marathon's Washington office, Guy served as a Brand Territory Manager in Marathon's Brand Marketing division covering territories in Ohio and Florida.

Wednesday, February 20

Ladies' Luncheon

Marilyn Sherman - Front-Row Leadership

“Is There a Hole in Your Bucket List?” – How To Have More Success In Your life!

Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence. For the last 22 years, she has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately.

With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her live presentations and her accompanying motivational books have been described as 'life-changing'.

She is a graduate of Washington State University and is currently an Artist in Residence for High Point University. Her first job in corporate America was with a finance company who saw her management potential early on and put her into a 18-month accelerated management program. She eventually became a training officer for that company writing and delivering their leadership training. Marilyn worked for a seminar company before starting her own speaking and training company. Clients that have been inspired by her keynotes include Coca- Cola, McDonald’s, the F.D.I.C., the US Post Office, and every kind of association from Candle companies to Bar Association Executives, to SHRM.

She is the author of 4 motivational books including her latest on goal-setting released this year called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”.

Marilyn is a Certified Speaking Professional TM, the highest earned designation in the speaking profession with only 12% of speakers worldwide holding this designation.

She loves living and working in Las Vegas with her French Husband, Yves. She serves on the board of a non-profit after school program for homeless and under-privileged youth called The Village of Hope and is very involved with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

Thursday - February 21 - Educational Session

Tom Kloza - Global Head of Energy Analysis

Tom Kloza is among the founders of Oil Price Information Service, which in 2016 was acquired by IHS Markit, the world’s most comprehensive source for analysis of energy prices and supply.

Tom has covered the oil business for more than 40 years, and even traded some of the first NYMEX futures contracts. He is a regular guest on all of the business shows and has clocked more than 250 personal appearances on network and major cable TV. You can often find him in more newspapers than the Jumble or Sudoku, explaining energy matters to everyone from consumers to hedge fund managers. Back in 2014, Tom was the first major oil analyst to predict that crude oil prices could crash below $30 bbl.

Tom sits on the Board of Advisers for the Fuels' Institute and is generally regarded as one of the most objective non-biased experts on North American fuel supply and pricing.

In addition to his oil background, Tom is quite the wordsmith. Back in the 1990's he coined the term "Petronoia" to describe the yearly fear that there would not be enough gasoline. He also coined the term RINsanity to describe the system of federal ethanol credits back in 2013.