NPGA selects successor to longtime president, CEO

September 17, 2019 By    

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has selected Steve Kaminski as its new president and CEO. Kaminski will replace Rick Roldan, who has held the position for 17 years.

New NPGA President and CEO Steve Kaminski


Denis Gagne, chairman of the NPGA Selection Committee from Eastern Propane, announced the hiring, effective Oct. 28, in an email to the NPGA board of directors. Gagne says Kaminski will attend the association’s fall board meeting Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

Kaminski has served as CEO of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, a trade association representing the country’s 55 regional poison control centers, since 2014. Previously, he served as executive vice president of the American Humane Association and as vice president of legal affairs at Discovery Communications. He was an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling LLP and a judicial clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

According to Gagne, Kaminski has significant experience in successful advocacy before Congress, federal agencies and working to scale up state initiatives; implementing national public affairs campaigns; overseeing standards and certification programs; designing, building and launching new programs and tools for members and new revenue-generating programs for associations; building deep ties with partners and relevant stakeholders; and overseeing internal operations and governance.

“In our meetings with him, Steve is passionate and driven, but approachable and collegial,” Gagne wrote to board members.

A Michigan native, Kaminski has a degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He also earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

NPGA announced its decision at the winter board meeting earlier this year to move beyond 2019 without Roldan, who says the decision was “jointly made and mutually arrived at.” He planned to stay on board until Dec. 31 to help with the transition.

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