NATSO, representing the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, and SIGMA: America’s Leading Fuel Marketers, today announced a strategic alliance on federal legislative priorities and advocacy initiatives that enhances the government relations capabilities for their members.
Working with the SIGMA Board of Directors and Legislative Committee, NATSO will manage SIGMA’s government affairs program, advocating on issues related to fuels, energy and transportation, among others. NATSO will implement SIGMA’s legislative priorities as determined by the SIGMA Board of Directors.
The NATSO and SIGMA Boards of Directors each confirmed support for the advocacy agreement.
“The NATSO-SIGMA partnership is a powerful strategic alliance,” said NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings. “SIGMA and NATSO have long shared advocacy interests and worked to achieve mutual legislative goals on behalf of our members. Both organizations will greatly benefit from NATSO’s strong advocacy program, enhancing our ability to meet the growing needs of members and ultimately driving the future success of truckstops, travel plazas, and fuel marketers nationwide. We are excited to partner with SIGMA so that the entire fuel retailing network will benefit.”
By leveraging NATSO’s government affairs team, (Executive Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov, Vice President of Public Affairs Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, Director of Government Affairs LeeAnn Goheen and Senior Policy Advisor Jessica Frend) NATSO and SIGMA have formed an advocacy powerhouse for the entire transportation fuels sector. This alliance will focus on the near- and long-term business priorities of their memberships and make the industry stronger in its advocacy efforts on behalf of members.
“By formalizing this strategic alliance with NATSO, we will enhance SIGMA’s ability to deliver exceptional value to our members,” said SIGMA Chief Executive Officer Ryan McNutt. “SIGMA is pleased that its advocacy efforts will be seamlessly maintained through this new partnership with a team of legislative professionals with whom we have long worked.”
[NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings on June 3 announced that NATSO hired LeeAnn Goheen and Jessica Frend, two experienced government affairs professionals, to join the association staff. Mullings also announced that she has promoted David Fialkov to Executive Vice President of Government Affairs.]
The joint announcement between NATSO and SIGMA comes at a key time for the nation’s retail fuels sector. Congress is currently negotiating broad infrastructure legislation, and truckstops, travel plazas and fuel retailers continue to invest in alternative fuels. Among the industry’s top legislative priorities is ensuring that Congress adopts a policy framework that encourages these investments.
NATSO and SIGMA represent approximately 90 percent of retail sales of motor fuel in the United States and represent an established nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of fueling locations. Fuel retailers today are best positioned to provide alternative sources of transportation energy while achieving Congressional objectives of lowering the transportation sector’s carbon footprint and increasing consumer adoption of alternative fuel vehicles.
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