Source has been involved with and has been a member of IFRA since we got started about forty years ago. We have grown a lot since then and IFRA has been there every step of the way. And we have fond, and perhaps exaggerated, memories of hospitality suites after shows in the Chicago area. The annual gathering is always great fun, and we have several folks that have sore shoulders after the clay shoots. From Stage II vapor recovery and the 98 tank regs and regional legislation to EMV and E15 and today’s revised UST regulations, and even pandemic response, IFRA is a critical resource and a model for state petroleum marketer associations. And the M-PACT show popularity over the years, and how the show is being handled this year, both demonstrate that the IFRA is looking out for the interest of its members.

Joseph O’Brien
Vice President of Marketing
Source North America Corporation

As COO for our 13 store chain of stores called Rmart, I am a proud member of the IFRA. This organization has been extremely helpful over the last year, as our organization has had to handle a variety of obstacles and issue. Their timely and helpful support has helped us to navigate over some difficult obstacles such as the following.

• Overcoming the State of Illinois proposal to ban all menthol tobacco products
• Advice as to how to properly handle the recent PPP loan process.
• Helping to fight the recent home rule fuel tax proposals by the legislative branch.
• Working with the Governor’s office to propose effective Phase 2 Covid 19 guidelines at the retail level.

This organization is now effectively keeping pace with the rapid evolution that is occurring in the fuel and convenience stores in Illinois over the last few years. We appreciate their support and look forward to their continued improvement.

Bill McCloskey
Rmarts LLC

Why be involved with IFRA?  It is the right thing to do!

Petroleum and Convenience stores are in virtually every Illinois community---serving and employing Illinoisans.  
No other format serves so many consumers in such varying ways in such a competitive environment.
As a regional Convenience Distributor, Burklund Distributors is absolutely committed to our Illinois Association, which has such a proud and long serving reputation.
IFRA is the unique way to come together and join as suppliers, distributors and retail establishments to better serve consumers of all types in every region of our state!
We come together to support Industry relations at PMAA, NACS and of course our cornerstone M-Pact regional gathering.  Together, IFRA represents an extremely talented and dedicated base of Petroleum & Convenience leadership.  We can truly say that everyone learns and grows from our experiences.  The GROUP is always exponentially more influential for our region.  
For all aspects of Legislative, Regulation & Taxation, we can assure you that IFRA understands and engages at all levels of government.  We have access and we serve as statesmen in addition to expressing our needs.  Reputations of our members are well known to Legislators and state leadership.  
By far and away, the best reason to be active and engaged at IFRA is for the friendships.  
In today’s world, so much happens so fast.  Demands seem to constantly increase. 
Everything is full speed and everything seems to be a text or an email.  Companies reorganize how they come to market and there is always a new face.
Social events are an extremely nice way to come together as peers, and relax and recharge.  As a unique group of manufactures, brokers, distributors, and retailers…we all have an important place in serving consumers.  IFRA is a most unique way to come together as a group.  We are all in this together.  This includes financial support as well as involvement.
Through many years, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many owners and leaders who have shared their insights, and this would never have been possible without the IFRA.  We are grateful.  
Jonathan Burklund
Burklund Distributors, Inc. 

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Illinois Fuel & Retail Association

112 W. Cook Street
Springfield, Illinois  62704
Telephone: (217) 544-4609
Fax: (217) 789-0222

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“Neighbors Serving Neighbors.” It’s more than our slogan at IFRA, it’s at the core of every decision we make. IFRA was formed in order to foster a cooperative spirit between petroleum marketers and convenience store operators doing business in Illinois. It’s our guiding principal to eliminate practices and customs that are contrary to a capitalist economy and a competitive business environment in Illinois.


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