Please learn more about our sponsoring associations below:
Host Sponsor Association – GTEC
The Georgia Tank & Environmental Contractors Association is a trade association whose active members are companies that provide petroleum equipment contracting services and/or environmental consulting services to their customers/clients.
Mission Statement: GTEC is dedicated to advancing the expertise and professionalism of its members through education and outreach. GTEC was established in 1991 and is now in its twenty-fifth year. GTEC has established itself as a voice between its members and the regulatory communities. GTEC has been able to affect changes in regulations, obtain clarifications on confusing regulatory issues and has provided technical assistance and information to the regulatory community. GTEC provides lists of its members to the regulatory and petroleum marketer communities. It has become the primary referral source for qualified equipment and environmental contractors and consultants.
GTEC began a seminar for tank owners in 2002 named the UST Management & Compliance Assistance Seminar. This seminar has become an annual event and the last seminar was held on Aug 25, 2015 with over 220 attendees. The 2016 seminar will be in Atlanta on August 25 (tentative) at the Crowne Plaza at Perimeter at Ravinia. GTEC members are given a marketing opportunity and are encouraged to provide vendor displays. GTEC has also been able to provide various instructional courses to its members at considerable savings. This includes OSHA 40 HR and OSHA 8 HR refresher courses in addition to UST courses on installations and closures, AST installation courses, Vapor Recovery courses and a Cathodic Protection Tester Course. GTEC has provided quarterly programs that have kept its members up to date on regulatory changes as well as providing useful information on technical and business issues. Programs have included subjects such as: UST Closure Guidance, Aboveground Storage Tanks, Insurance, OSHA Safety Compliance Inspections, State Fire Marshal Regulations, SPCC Plans, UST Upgrade Options, Computer Technology, Use of the Internet, Concrete, Determining True Labor Costs, Pitfalls of Growing Too Fast, EPA Sampling Procedures, Continuity Testing of Petroleum Fueling Systems Hardware, and Vapor Recovery Changes/Decommissioning Procedures.
GTEC is one of the only state associations to hold an annual/bi-annual convention for its members. Our last convention was Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia and our next convention will be in 2017. GTEC is part of a network of over twenty state petroleum equipment contractor associations. It is one of the largest state contractor associations in the United States. These associations are assisted by the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI). The exchange of information between these state associations is an additional benefit to the members of GTEC. GTEC membership is presently being made a prerequisite by several municipalities in order to bid on underground storage tank projects. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) is in charge of all state owned tanks and draws heavily from GTEC for qualified contractors. GTEC receives bid requests for large petroleum equipment contracts and forwards these requests to its membership.
What is AIPG?
The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 6,000 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia. AIPG emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics. AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences.
AIPG is a nonprofit organization whose policies are determined by its Executive Committee.
The purposes of the Institute shall include:
- advance the geological sciences and the profession of geology;
- establish qualifications for professional geologists;
- certify the qualifications of specific individual Member geologists to the public;
- promote high standards of ethical conduct among its Members and Adjuncts, and within the profession of geology; and
- represent, and advocate for, the geological profession before government and the general public.