OESP Honors Garber at Hershey
Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals) hosted its
61st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Hershey, PA from May
17-21, 2015. OESP honored Executive Director Judy Garber for her
outstanding contributions to our industry. It was a bittersweet
celebration, marking Garber’s final Convention at Hershey.
The Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 19 was a special night.
Garber received the Lifetime Achievement Award alongside her family
and friends. She remarked that she is rarely surprised, but that
night was an exception. She was at a loss for words and touched by
the outpouring of appreciation.
The following individuals and companies were also recognized for
their dedication to our industry:
Service Manager of the Year: George Fantacone
Hugh W. McKee Memorial Award: Charles Holmes
Instructor of the Year: Dan Holohan
Lou Ehrich Memorial Associate of the Year Award: George
Manufacturer of the Year: Carlin/Hydrolevel.
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This year’s OESP
Convention featured two charitable events. The Dave Nelsen
Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at Deer Valley Golf Course in
Hummelstown, PA. The Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund was established in
1999. Since then, over $250,000 in awards has been presented to
students interested in pursuing careers in the energy-service
The 2015 Dave Nelsen
Scholarship recipients are Roger Bruso, Jeffrey Comitz, Thomas Daros,
Jr., Erik Graff, Michael Boylston, and Garth Reish. Oil Heat Cares’
Care to Ride raised funds for oil-heating equipment replacements for
people who are struggling to heat their homes. The following people
were recognized for their commitment to Oil Heat Cares:
Oil Heat Cares Cup: Judy Garber and Dan Holohan
Top Fundraising Team: Team Connecticut
Top Fundraiser Motorcycle Division: Ralph Adams
Top Fundraiser Bicycle Division: Roger Marran
Top Fundraiser Walking Division: Dan and Marianne Holohan
The Convention also delivered on OESP’s mission of education with a
diverse program, including two of NORA’s new courses on air flow and
hydronics, as well as a full trade show. According to OESP
President, Al Breda, “Our name changed a few years ago to reflect an
evolution in our industry and our membership. Many conventional fuel
oil dealers are adding propane to their offerings, as well as HVAC
services and maybe even plumbing, electrical, and so on. We are here
to help with the educational classes and certifications that can
better prepare the managers and field personnel to handle the new
to learn more about educational opportunities throughout the year.
And join OESP and the Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) for a joint
Convention and Trade Show from May 22-25, 2016 in Foxwoods, CT.
View photos from OESP’s 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show.