The Missouri Propane Safety Commission (MPSC) is pleased to announce that Derek Poe has been appointed Executive Director effective July 7, 2022. Poe has 15 years of experience in propane operations management with both Titan Propane and AmeriGas Propane successfully managing budgets exceeding $2 million. He proposed and implemented the AmeriGas Area 28 Safety Committee. He has extensive industry experience serving on the boards of the Missouri Propane Safety Commission, the Missouri Propane Gas Association where he is a Past President and the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council.

“We are excited to have Derek as a new leader to continue the progress of the Safety Commission since its formation over a decade ago,” said Larry Borts, Chairman of the Missouri Propane Safety

Commission. “ Derek’s strong safety experience at AmeriGas and Titan combined with the relationships he has built working with Missouri’s propane retailers through many years on the boards of MPSC, MPGA and MO-PERC make him a great leader for the Commission.”

An Assistant Golf Professional prior to joining the propane industry in 2006, Poe was a Service Technician for a year with Titan Propane before becoming a District Manager for Titan in 2007 which was later acquired by AmeriGas. In 2020, he became an Area Manager for AmeriGas. Poe is married to Amy and has three daughters Jalisa, Brandi and Abby.

“I look forward to my new role leading the Missouri Propane Safety Commission,” Poe said. “Propane safety has been at the heart of my years in the propane industry. I look forward to this new role working with the propane retailers and users throughout the State of Missouri.”

Out of State Training Requirements

The Missouri Propane Safety Commission does accept out of state training that meets the following standards. The training must be by an agency that is approved in the state of residence. Below are the standards published in Missouri rule 2CSR90-10.012.

(5) Every individual handling LP gases or servicing appliances or equipment within any business involved in handling or storing LP gases or involved in the installation, repairing, or servicing of piping, equipment, or appliances for use with LP gases must attend and complete an initial training program as defined in 2 CSR 90-10.012(6), including the passing of a written examination. Every individual subject to the requirements of this section shall attend refresher training at least once every three (3) years. New employees shall be trained by their employer until such time that training is available through a training program approved by the director. The employer, or individual if self-employed, is responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

(6) Each training program’s curriculum must be based on the Propane and Education and Research Council (PERC) Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) or equivalent, structured to meet the trainee’s needs, and contain information on applicable statutes and regulations governing liquefied petroleum gases. All training programs must be instructor- led by a competent trainer, include hands-on training or a skills assessment, and include an exam which requires a passing score of at least seventy percent (70%) and graded by a third-party grader

The training program must be related to the activities performed in Missouri. Individuals shall provide proof of training both current and refresher training every three years.

A huge thank you to Glen Kolkmeyer for his dedication and guidance to the Safety Commission. Best of luck on your retirement.