The New England Fuel Institute's Legislative & Regulatory Action Center was established in January, 2006 by then-CEO Jack Sullivan. The NEFI Action Center mission is to provide constant, up-to-date information on public policy, legislative and regulatory developments and compliance issues that impact NEFI member companies and the industry at-large. The Action Center, through its staff in Boston, MA and Washington, DC, is working around the clock to defend the interests of the industry nationwide and here in the Northeast.
The Action Center provides NEFI members with the latest developments from Washington
and the industry through frequent legislative action alerts, regulatory alerts,
compliance bulletins and kits, seminars, webinars, and regular contributions
to NEFI's Oil & Energy monthly magazine and NEON, NEFI's weekly e-newsletter.
Both independently and through membership in national associations, coalitions
and alliances, the Action Center lobbies on legislative and regulatory issues
that affect small business fuel dealers and the industry as a whole. Its
national public policy agenda is set by the NEFI Government Affairs Committee
Legislative and Regulatory Action Center Staff
Michael Trunzo: President and CEO
— Michael comes to NEFI from the State University of New York (SUNY), a 64-campus system of higher education, where he was Vice Chancellor for Government Relations serving as SUNY's chief lobbyist. He oversaw the Office of Government Relations, directing the University's federal, state and local lobbying, as well as the University's external affairs and employee-union relationships. Trunzo developed and managed the University's legislative and public policy agendas, advocacy efforts and the implementation of its strategic plan relative to government relations and external affairs. He also ran the New York Network, the state's television station and production studio.
Mr. Trunzo comes to NEFI as no stranger to the petroleum industry. Prior to his time at SUNY, from 1995 until 2002, Michael served as CEO of the Empire State Petroleum Association (ESPA), which represents motor fuel and home heating oil dealers in the State of New York. Nor is he a stranger to politics. Trunzo served as Chief of Staff to the New York State Lieutenant Governor and Executive Assistant to New York State Senator Kemp Hannon. He has also held senior positions with the New York State Assembly and the Town of Islip, NY.
Collura: Vice President, Public Policy and Communications
to joining NEFI in October 2005, Collura worked as a legislative
aid for a national charitable organization and as an assistant to
U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (of New Hampshire) in Washington, DC. Jim
is a native of Waltham, Massachusetts, holds a bachelors degree in
Political Science from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and
has completed some post-graduate work in Congressional Studies at
Catholic University in Washington, DC.
S. Morgan: Regulatory Counsel
in Washington, D.C. Mark lobbies
agencies such as the EPA, DOT, OSHA and the IRS on issues important
to NEFI members. Mark
also provides regulatory compliance information to NEFI members as
well as other petroleum
marketing groups across the country. Mark, a Massachusetts native,
graduated from the
University of Massachusetts and earned his Juris Doctor and Masters
Degree in Environmental
Law at Vermont Law School.
NEFI Government Affairs Committee
The NEFI Government Affairs Committee (or "GAC") is a standing committee within the New England Fuel Institute, established to serve the industry by identifying public policy issues (i.e., legislative, regulatory and public relations issues) of interest to NEFI members and the industry and taking action. Whenever possible, the GAC seeks to establish productive national and regional dialogue within the industry, and to build strong coalitions, alliances and partnerships within the industry and beyond in order to advance issues of concern to fuel dealers and their consumers.
Howard Peterson: (Peterson Oil Service, Worcester, MA) – NEFI Chairman of the Board – Biography coming!
Keyser: (Owner Services, Rutland, VT) – Immediate Past Chairman
of the Board
—was born in Chelsea, Vermont. He graduated
from Tufts University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Chris
first entered the fuel industry in 1979 with the purchase of his hometown's
fuel dealer. He currently lives in Rutland, Vermont. He has held numerous
distinguished posts: President of Vermont Fuel Dealers, Rutland Region Chamber
of Commerce, Rutland Economic Development Corporation and Member of the First
NORA Board and Finance Committee. He is currently President of the Vermont
Oil Heat Institute Workers Compensation Self Insurance Trust, a Member of
TBS, President of the Killington Music Festival, Vice Chair of the Vermont
Economic Progress Council (a state board responsible for granting Vermont
business tax incentives), a Member of the Rutland City Rotary and a Paul
Harris Fellow. He is also the Northeastern Region Chair for PMAA and the
Chairman of the Board for NEFI.
Devine: (Devine Bioheat, Norwalk, CT) – Chairman, NEFI Government
Husband to Maribeth and father to Claire and Jack, Tom and his family
reside in Norwalk, CT home to the family business Devine Bros., Inc. Tom
shares the responsibility of managing the business with his brother Sean,
cousins Michael, Richard, Steve Devine and Sonia Donovan. The company produces
and retails redi mix concrete, retails mason building supplies and landscape
supplies. Devine Bros., Inc. retails heating oil, is a blender and retailer
of bioheat, and offers customers 24 hour heating and cooling conservation
Tom is involved in many community organizations as well as industry organizations; National Biodiesel Board, Independent Connecticut Petroleum Organization - board member and Legislative Chairman, National Oilheat Research Alliance - board member serving on the finance committee. Tom was recently appointed by CT Speaker of the House Amann to sit on the Fuel oil Conservation Board, a venture established for the purposes of administering and implementing conservation and energy efficiency programs for Connecticut fuel oil customers.
Tom is a 1989 graduate of St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Here he served
an internship researching for the State Senate in Concord NH, and became
involved with the successful bid made by George H.W. Bush for the White House.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS (per NEFI By-Laws)
- Bob Sculley, Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, Concord, NH
- Chris Keyser, Keyser Energy /HOP Energy, Rutland, VT
- Dana Jones, White Mtn. Oil & Propane, North Conway, NH
- Dave Foster, Wilcox Fuel , Westbrook, CT
- Dave Martin, Webber Energy, Augusta, ME
- Gene Guilford, Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, Cromwell, CT
- Howard Peterson, Peterson Oil, Worcester, MA
- Jamie Py, Maine Energy Marketers Association, Brunswick, ME
- Julie Gill, Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
- Matt Cota, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, Montpelier, VT
- Michael Ferrante, Massachusetts Oilheat Council, Burlington, MA
- Peter Bourne, Bourneís Inc. , Morrisville, VT
- Rick Bologna, Westmore Fuel Co., Greenwich, CT
- Scott Macfarlane, MacFarlane Oil, Dedham, MA
- Tom Devine, Devine Bioheat, Norwalk, CT
- Vic Allienello, East Providence Fuel Co. , East Providence, RI
If you would like to serve as a volunteer member of the committee, please contact NEFI Vice President Jim Collura at email@example.com or 617-924-1000.