The Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA) was formed in 1949 under the name Texas Oil Jobbers Association (TOJA) to serve the common regulatory, legislative, and educational needs of businesses engaged in the distribution of wholesale fuel, retail fuel, and lube oils. Concerned business owners realized more could be accomplished by working together than individually. The organization's name was changed to Texas Oil Marketers Association (TOMA) in 1972. As the convenience store industry evolved in the 1960's, our members were very instrumental in its founding and development. As the combination of the two marketing concepts matured, the needs of our members changed and we included the issues and challenges of the convenience store industry into our membership services, which already included fuel and lube oil marketing. To better reflect the services our association provides our members, our name was changed to Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association in 1995.
Our members are leaders in the industry. Through the past 61 years they have successfully met the challenges of evolving marketing concepts and endured extensive changes in state and federal regulations. The ability of the association's leadership to recognize the ever-evolving nature of their industry, and their willingness to change along with it, are responsible in large part for the continued success of the organization.
One of the largest state trade associations of its kind, this 500-member organization represents petroleum marketers and convenience store owners and operators who own, operate, or supply approximately 16,000 convenience stores, service stations, and other retail motor fuel outlets in Texas and the southwest United States. Collectively, these petroleum marketers and convenience store companies supply nearly 9,000,000,000 gallons of fuel and tons of related products annually to Texas motorists. The average TPCA member owns and operates ten convenience stores and supplies twelve more. These businesses provide fuel and lubricants to the vast majority of commercial end-users, including farmers, construction firms, and local and state governments. In addition, TPCA associate members represent all of the diverse fields associated with the petroleum distribution system and convenience store industry.
Vision -- To further the economic success of petroleum marketers and convenience store operators in Texas through advocacy, education, and communication.
Mission -- TPCA will, serve as the industry voice before the legislature and regulatory agencies, disseminate information to it's members and the public, and provide opportunity for educational interaction and communication of profitable business practices within its membership.
We will abide by the highest standards of fair business ethics in all dealings with retailers, consumers, government, and public agencies.
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