The Fuels Institute Fills Board of Directors

Fuels Institute Press Release | April 26, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Fuels Institute announced that it has filled its 11 Board of Directors seats. The Board has already begun to recruit candidates to serve on the Board of Advisors and to define and develop potential research projects.

Founded in February 2013, the Fuels Institute is a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. Its governing structure incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, fuel retailers, fuel producers and refiners, alternative and renewable fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, consumer organizations, academics, government entities and others with expertise in the fuels and automotive industries.

The Fuels Institute’s complete board of directors are:

  • Bill Douglass (chairman), managing partner, Douglass Distributing Co. (Sherman, TX)
  • Jay Ricker (treasurer), chair/owner, Ricker’s (Anderson, IN)
  • Mark DeVries, director of business development, POET LLC (Wichita, KS)
  • Norman Herrera, manager of corporate development, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Max McBrayer, senior vice president, RaceTrac Petroleum (Atlanta, GA)
  • Jeff Morris, vice chairman of the board of directors, Alon USA (Dallas, TX)
  • Ron Sabia, president, Gulf Oil LP (Framingham, MA)
  • Norman Turiano, principal, Turiano Strategic Consulting LLC (Cape Coral, FL)
  • Michael Whatley, executive vice president, Consumer Energy Alliance (Washington, DC)
  • Andy Viens, president of U.S. marketing, Phillips 66 Co. (Houston, TX)
  • Bob Wimmer, director of energy & environmental research group, Toyota Motor North America Inc. (Washington, DC)

The Fuels Institute commissions and publishes comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects help to inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market. Additional information about the Fuels Institute is available at


The Fuels Institute​ is an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. It was established in February 2013 to deliver comprehensive and balanced research and analysis concerning fuels, vehicles and related policy issues in order to create a market in which consumers can safely, conveniently and affordably purchase the fuels they desire.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 149,000 stores across the country, posted $681 billion in total sales in 2011, of which $486 billion were motor fuels sales. Convenience stores sell an estimated 80% of the fuels purchased in the United States.