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New president of Young Gassers takes the reins

May 17, 2022 By    
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Nick Virchow speaks to attendees at the 2022 Young Gassers reception in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by LP Gas staff)

Nick Virchow, regional solutions manager at Anova, was named president of the International Association of Young Gassers.

Virchow succeeds Jim Renaldo in the role.

“[I feel] honored,” Virchow says. “I’m also very privileged. I’m in the room with some of the most influential men and women in the industry, and I immediately felt the weight of responsibility with that role. But it’s also an incredible opportunity, and I’m very excited to see where we take it.”

As president, Virchow says he hopes to grow membership and provide further mentorship opportunities for association members.

“It’s a well-oiled machine,” Virchow says. “The last thing I want to do is try to reinvent the wheel. But I think there’s a lot of potential for more outreach and mentorship. So one of my goals is to host regional meetings throughout the year, connect young leaders with willing mentors in their area and then create an open line of communication. I also want to host these more in a business setting, possibly [with] educational opportunities.”

He adds: “The more people that we get in the association and the more support that we have, the better it is, the better the outreach is and the more opportunities we’ll have to reach out to different folks that we’re trying to recruit and bring into the industry.”

Young Gassers hosted its annual reception last month at Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, as the industry gathered for the National Propane Gas Association’s 2022 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo. The reception drew in 450-plus attendees, but Virchow says he hopes to host similar events more frequently during his time as president.

“Moving forward, I don’t want to do that once a year,” he says. “I want to do it three or four times a year and really get engaged with the industry and with the community.”

About the Author:

Carly Bemer (McFadden) is the managing editor at LP Gas magazine. She can be reached at 216-363-3930 or cbemer@northcoastmedia.net.

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