The Georgia Tank & Equipment Contractors Association was formed in 1991 by several contractor companies. Bill Greer, who was the Vice President of Watkins Service Company, Inc. was very instrumental in organizing this trade association for petroleum equipment contractors and was selected to be the first Executive Director of the association. He has been the Executive Director since the beginning of the association and he, along with the assistance of his wife, Pam, still serves as the current Executive Director.
When the association was formed, the Board of Directors developed the following objectives:
The objectives of the association shall be:
- To advance the professional competence of members through dissemination of information related to technical developments, regulations, training, and codes, all pertaining to
- The installation and maintenance of petroleum product facilities and related equipment/activities, and
- The providing of environmental consulting/contracting services at petroleum product facilities.
- To promote improvement in the Georgia environment, through programs calculated to reduce contamination of soil, groundwater, and air as a result of releases and emissions from petroleum product facilities.
- To elevate the professional level of persons engaged in the installation of petroleum product storage systems and/or the assessment/remediation of storage tank sites, through the support of any mandatory licensing or certification requirements for contractors/consultants engaged in such work as applicable.
- To encourage adoption of laws and regulations which recognize the environmental importance of responsible tank-system contractors/consultants, and which thus provide for the participation of such contractors/consultants in state-sponsored trust fund/insurance programs.
- To enhance the performance of member firms, through development of a code of ethics and through encouragement of adherence to this code.
- To cooperate with Georgia regulatory agencies and petroleum marketers in the preparation and refinement of rules related to the safety, accuracy, and environmental soundness of facilities installed within the state of Georgia for the storage, measurement, transport, and dispensing of petroleum products.
- To promote, in all lawful ways commensurate with public interest, the business development and economic welfare of members of the association.