2019 Upper Midwest Convenience Store and Energy Convention
John Eichberger
Executive Director
Fuels Institute

John Eichberger is Executive Director of the Fuels Institute. Founded by NACS in 2013, the Fuels Institute is a non-profit that evaluates market issues related to vehicles and the fuels that power them. The Institute is an objective and collaborative research organization that does not advocate.

Previously, Eichberger served more than 14 years at NACS representing the convenience and fuel retailing industry before the media and federal government.

With nearly 20 years of related experience, Eichberger is a recognized expert on motor fuels and the fuels retailing industry.


Rick Hartzell
NCAA Basketball Official, Coach, AD

Rick Hartzell grew up in rural north central Iowa, where he formed a life-long passion for hard work, family values and trying to do the “next right thing” as he moved through his personal and professional life. 

Rick has been an athlete and around athletics all of his professional life, serving as an athletic administrator, coach, and game official for nearly 4,000 Division I men’s basketball games. 

He has won countless awards for his professional work; he has written a highly successful book called “Whistle in a Haystack” (An Iowa Farmboy’s Views on Life’s Lessons, Leadership and College Basketball); and he is a popular motivational and “after-dinner” speaker.  Hartzell is currently the Director of Athletics at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, and resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his wife Jill (race car driver and chiropractor) and his boys, Jackson and Jace. 


Terry McKenna
Employee Performance Strategies, Inc.

Terry McKenna is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, coach, and consultant on the topics of human capital optimization and organizational design: people and systems. Terry has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business School corporate training video, Benchmarking Outside the Box.

Terry is owner and founder of Employee Performance Strategies, Inc. (EPS). EPS is the leading authority in helping organizations maximize their financial results by maximizing their workforces. Terry facilitates eleven Study Groups consisting of 123 small to large companies. Terry is the author four books: What Great Leaders Do, How to Become a High-Performance Organization, Customer Service – The Ultimate Differentiator, and, Hire the Best C-Store Employees. Terry is also the author of Terry’s Blog
(www.terrymckenna.typepad.com), with over 1,500 posts.

Before co-founding EPS, Terry worked with ExxonMobil for seventeen years, where he led the development and implementation of a national customer service strategy. In addition, he led the achievement of ISO-9002 certification for customer service for convenience stores for ExxonMobil’s Singapore marketing affiliate.


Douglas Milner
Founder & Managing Partner

Doug Milner’s practice at EnergyExits includes the sale of privately-held energy companies (Exits), corporate finance advisory services (Capital), strategic planning (Advice), and Enterprise Value Optimization™ (EVO).

Doug has advised a diverse portfolio of energy industry clients throughout the American West.  He is highly skilled in company sale strategy and execution, business enterprise evaluation, and corporate finance matters including both senior and junior debt to support growth and acquisitions.

Doug brings more than 25 years of M+A experience to EnergyExits team. Prior to founding the firm Doug was a Senior Managing Director in the California office of a national M+A firm where he managed both sell-side and buy-side transactions, as well as corporate finance mandates. Doug's career in mergers & acquisitions began in 1992 as a member of the business development and M+A team at Sanifill, Inc., a NYSE environmental services company. While at Sanifill Doug became the company’s Manager of M+A and Business Development for the Pacific Northwest. The assets of Sanifill are now a part of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM).

Doug brings a unique set of expertise to every energy industry client. Doug’s professional background is particularly helpful to seller clients whose companies represent a strategic acquisition opportunity for larger buyers, and to middle-market companies seeking to grow via acquisition.

Doug received his BA degree from the University of California at Davis.  He is an active participant in energy industry trade associations throughout the West including WOMA, OFA, CIOMA, WPMA, as well as M+A trade associations including the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA).


Angele Hartell, PHR/SHRM-CP
Workforce Strategy Consultant
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

Angele Hartell, PHR/SHRM-CP, is a Workforce Strategy Consultant with MN Department of Employment and Economic Development.  She supports employers and other key stakeholders and planners in a 26-county region of northwest Minnesota, and engages business leaders in identifying and developing workforce solutions through business-led strategies for successful talent attraction, retention and development.n and training.



Nathan Blasing
Tanks Unit Supervisor
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 

Nate graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communications. Nate has worked for the MPCA for approximately 20 years and has been in the tanks program for 17 years. Nate started his MPCA career as a tank inspector and then progressed to be the program compliance coordinator and currently supervises the Tanks program. Outside of work Nate is married with a wife, Nicky, and two daughters, Bri and Abby. Nate enjoys sports and outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, playing basketball, and coaching his daughter’s sporting teams.



Carey Mattison
Environmental Specialist 
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 

Carey Mattison is an Environmental Specialist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and has been with the agency for 12 years. He is works at the Marshall Regional office as a storage tank inspector where he does compliance inspections for underground storage tank facilities in 18 Counties in Southwest Minnesota. Carey has a Bachelors Degree from Minnesota Statue University, Mankato where he majored in Land and Resource Management and Geography. Carey is a certified cathodic protection tester by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and works with owner/operators and contractors on corrosion issues related to underground storage tanks. Before working for the MPCA, Carey worked at the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District, and with various civil engineering companies as a construction materials technician. Carey has a wife and 2 boys (ages 12 and 10) which keep him busy when he is not at work. Carey enjoys spending time with his family, going to kids activities, hunting, fishing, and home remodeling projects.


John Maynes
Regulatory Affairs Manager

John Maynes is Regulatory Affairs Manager for FUELIowa. John has been with FUELIowa for 12 years and works closely with many associations including PMAA, EPA, DNR, and Weights and Measures to name just a few.

John's responsibilities include assisting members with regulatory and government compliance issues. He is primarily responsible for renewable fuels compliance and transportation issues but also is adept at the tax issues and aboveground tank questions.