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Ohio's petroleum and convenience industry works around the clock to move motorists and freight through the state. At OPMCA, we empower our members to improve their business and their bottom line by delivering access to products, services, programs and resources they cannot get anywhere else. to ensure their business--and the entire industry--continue to prosper. The following resources and discount programs are available to all members.

Services & Resources
Take a look at the latest cost-effective programs and exclusive resources available to member companies.
 


Affordable Insurance & Risk Management Resources
OPMCA is proud to partner with Federated Insurance to provide our members with access to quality, affordable business insurance and exclusive risk management resources.

For more than a century, Federated Insurance has been committed to providing peace of mind to business owners through valued insurance protection. The Company specializes in business insurance for selected industries, including petroleum marketers. Nearly 400 trade associations and industry organizations—including OPMCA—recommend Federated programs.

Insurance protection products and services to meet virtually all the business and personal insurance needs of business owners include:

  • Property
  • Liability
  • Life, disability income, and annuities
  • Annual Client ReviewSM program
  • Risk management services
  • Claims services
  • Business succession and estate planning assistance

Federated is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best® and is included in both the property-casualty and life-health Ward’s 50® group of companies.

 

Expert Tax Counsel
If and when you require tax counsel, more than 20 professionals at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease are available to provide OPMCA members with guidance. From a no-fee hotline you can call at any time to get answers to simple questions to deeper dives into issues that require more inquiry, Vorys gives you ready access to experts who can help.

An advisor to the OPMCA Board of Directors on legislative and audit initiative issues, Vorys Partner Tony Ehler ensures his team is extraordinarily well versed in the types of taxes levied upon OPMCA members, including sales and use tax, commercial activity tax, petroleum activity tax, real estate tax, federal and state motor vehicle tax, motor vehicle fuel excise tax, and income taxes.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms, with offices throughout Ohio and in Washington, D.C., Houston, and Pittsburgh. Mr. Ehler, the chairman of the State & Local Tax Group at Vorys, has been the primary tax counsel contact for OPMCA for more than 25 years.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
Tony Ehler, Esq.
614.464.8282
tlehler@vorys.com

 

 

 


 

Employment Relations Advice
If you have employees, you’ll likely be confronted with legal issues at some point in time. Concerns about discrimination, wage and hour issues, safety, handbook policies, and best hiring practices are all areas in which thoughtful, strategic legal counsel can make an appreciable difference when it comes to protecting your company’s assets.

Austin Legal, LLC partners with OPMCA to assist members with all of their employment law issues, including dealings with OSHA, the NLRB, the EEOC and OCRC; compliance with ADA, FMLA, BFOQ, WARN, GINA, EPA and Title VII discrimination issues; and decisions regarding Performance Improvement Plans (PIP), Last Chance Agreements, the Polygraph Protection Act (PPA) and the FCRA. For an annual flat-rate fee, members of OPMCA can put Austin Legal, LLC on retainer to provide them with ongoing counsel that legally protects conversations and communications through the attorney-client privilege.

Matt Austin, Esq., principal of Austin Legal, LLC has collaborated with OPMCA since 2008. With expertise in Labor and Employment Law, he often serves as a senior-level human resources advisor to his clients. Matt spends most of his time on the road, traveling to meet with his clients face to face and counseling them on best practices to keep their businesses and employees protected..

Austin Legal, LLC
Matt Austin, Esq.
614.285.5342
Matt@MattAustinLaborLaw.com

 

Environmental Risk and Compliance Expertise

Sage Risk Solutions is focused on helping OPMCA members deal with the health risks of environmental clean ups and compliance-related issues.

Whether you want to know how environmental regulatory issues are affecting the market, require assistance with technical issues like equipment and tank installation, or need help with fuel storage questions or leak remediation, Sage is just a phone call away. As an OPMCA member, you’re able to contact Sage Risk Solutions at any time for answers to simple questions. If you need more substantial solutions, they’re available to work with you in greater depth for a time-and-materials-based consulting fee.

Jim Rocco, principal of Sage Risk Solutions, has a wealth of experience in the environmental regulatory sphere. He acts as a program advisorto a number of committees, including a state regulation organization that develops documents explaining environmental issues and the NFPA committee that develops tank- and storage-related standards for firefighters. He specializes in exposure assessments, spatial analysis and brown-field redevelopment and serves as the chairman to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks Release Compensation Board.

Sage Risk Solutions, LLC
Jim Rocco
330.562.9391
jrocco@sagerisk.com

 



Workers' Compensation & Safety Strategies

Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation and U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance can be extremely costly for your business, but non-compliance is not an option. Alternative Risk Management, Inc. (ARM) offers a State Fund Group Discount program that reduces your premiums while providing you with a full suite of services including claims processing, best management practices, payroll audits and legal claim disputation. In 2016 alone, ARM saved OPMCA members a collective total of a half million dollars. And in a truly win-win solution, a portion of the premium you pay to ARM goes back to OPMCA, which makes your association even stronger.

Whether you’re just getting started and want to have coverage and strategies in place before you open your doors, or you’ve been in business for a while but are looking for a way to lower your Workers’ Comp and Unemployment costs, ARM is here to help.

Headquartered in Central Ohio with offices in Cleveland and Fort Wayne, ARM has worked with OPMCA for decades. Founded by Bruce Baylor, the company is today run by Doug Maag, an expert in the highly regulated Workers’ Comp and Unemployment arenas. Doug leads a team of seventeen, including two attorneys specializing in representing OPMCA members at hearings in front of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Alternative Risk Management, Inc.
Doug Maag
614.219.1290
dmaag@alternativeriskltd.com

 




 

 

 

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