Ray Murray, Chairman: Ray has been in the propane business since 1976 when he joined his parents and brother at Ray Murray, Inc., the family's propane equipment distribution business located in Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. He now co-chairs Ray Murray, Inc., with his brother Jim.
Ray is highly involved within NPGA and has served on the Executive Committee, as Conventions Committee Chairman, and as Distributors Section Chairman. He has served on the executive board of the New York Propane Education & Research Council and as Treasurer and Secretary of the New York Propane Gas Association.
Gary France, Chairman-elect: Gary has been in the propane industry since he was a child. He began his career when he was thirteen, sandblasting and painting tanks. In 1990 he formed France Propane Service, Inc. Gary has been active in the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association serving as President and as chair of the Education and Legislative Committees. He is also an active member in NPGA, serving as Member Services Committee Chairman and as PAC Chairman.
David Lugar, Vice-Chairman: David is the Vice President of Supply and Logistics for AmeriGas Propane. He joined AmeriGas in September 2000 and has an office outside of Houston, Texas. David has been active in the National Propane Gas Association for many years, including service on the NPGA Board of Directors. He was a charter member of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) which was formed in 1996 and served in various officer positions during his time on the Council, including two terms as the PERC Chairman in 2003-2005.
Charlie Ory, Treasurer: Charlie has worked in the propane industry for many years, currently as President and General Manager of Aero Propane. He has served for years volunteering his time with industry organizations, including as Past-President of the Arizona Propane Gas Association. Charlie is an active memeber of the NPGA Board of Directors and has served as the Arizona State Director and Chairman of the Technical, Safety, and Standards Committee. He also has experience with the Propane Education and Research Council as a member of the Consumer Education and Awareness Committee to name a few.
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