Steve Ryan, CEO of the newly-formed New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association issued the following announcement:
We are pleased to formally announce to the C-Store and Fuel community that the Independent Oil Marketers of New England (IOMA) and the New England Convenience Store Association(NECSA) merged on November 1st to form a new organization: the New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association or “NECSEMA”.
With particular thanks to NECSA President Leo Vercollone and IOMA Chairman Jon Shaer, the leadership of both of these respected and successful trade associations worked for several years to put this opportunity together and we are confident that NECSEMA will be the premiere fuel and C-store trade association in New England. Through this merger, we will achieve the goal of a more influential, participative, wider represented, and financially strong organization. We are very proud to announce that Gwen Forman of Cumberland Farms will be the first President of NECSEMA.
This merger of IOMA and NECSA will realize the synergies of our respective legislative and regulatory capabilities to bring more representatives to the forefront to confront and influence the ever-challenging legal and legislative environment in which our members operate. Working with our top-notch lobbyists and staff, the leadership and membership of NECSEMA will be informed and represented at all levels of state and local government. As always, promoting and protecting our industry and the tens of thousands of jobs we create and maintain here in New England will remain the top priority of our organization.
In addition, current supplier and associate members of our two organizations will now be part of the largest and most diversified fuel/C-store trade group in the Northeast. From “Mom and Pop” stores to the largest C-store and fuel suppliers in New England, the opportunities for networking, trade show involvement and collaboration with key players will be even greater for those who provide goods and services to our multi-billion dollar industry here in New England.
Lastly, we wish to assure all of the valued members of IOMA and NECSA that, while the name of our organization may be changing, our commitment to excellence in advocacy and providing the absolute best in member services and programming will always continue. The future is bright for our industry and for NECSEMA. Thanks to all for being part of this important new chapter in your association!