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 Tue. Oct. 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Ga.
Georgia marketer Tommy Thompson served as Chairman of the 2016 DSA Committee and noted the committee was unanimous in wanting Jordan to be the recipient this year. “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 Tommy 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, just a few miles west of Raleigh. He attended Apex Senior High School where he played football, ran track and also worked for his grandad, L.G. Jordan, and his dad, Guthrie Jordan, at the family business L.G. Jordan Oil Company in Apex. He then graduated from Louisburg College and from East Carolina University and returned to work to serve as company chairman.
Jordan served as Mayor of Apex 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 N.C. House of Representatives in 1991-92 as well as the N.C. Environmental Management Commission and the National Federation of Independent Business State Leadership Council. With NFIB, he received the NFIB Small Business Champion Award in 2015.
Jordan has always been active in the N.C. Oil Jobbers Association, N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association and now N.C. Petroleum & Convenience Marketers. He has served as numerous committee chairs, board of directors member 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.
Upon hearing the news of his selection Jordan commented, “When I first heard the news, I was shocked! I am honored to receive this award and especially humbled to join the ranks of past recipients.”