In September, PetroCard management and sales staff, including Stephanie Seretis and Stephanie Heilman, attended the 2018 Tribal Summit Group Membership Meeting and Mini-Tradeshow hosted by the Suquamish Tribe at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort and Casino. PetroCard attended the annual meeting for the first time as a participant and mini-trade show vendor in an effort to forge local tribal relationships and educate members on the company’s Native ownership and bulk fuel offering.
The Tribal Summit, a professionally managed 501(c)(6) non-profit, was established in 2012 to share best practices in gas station and convenience store operations among members. Gas stations and convenience stores have grown rapidly in Indian Country in the Pacific Northwest, driven predominantly by tribal economic diversification efforts and a high volume of job opportunities.
The Tribal Convenience Store Association has grown to include nearly 30 tribes spanning multiple states. The group meets three times per year and each meeting is hosted by a member tribe. The group has succeeded in establishing a peer network across tribal sites and has partnered with industry leaders to deliver educational content that broadly benefits the group.
At this year’s meeting the Tribal Summit Group announced its rebranding as the Tribal Convenience Store Association. A highlight for the founders is an invitation to speak during a tribal development opportunities seminar at the National Congress of American Indians 75th Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.
As an Alaska Native-owned bulk fuels supplier, PetroCard looks to increase sales and support to tribal gas station operators in the Pacific Northwest and this association is another step in that direction.