WV OMEGA Appoints Traci Nelson President

August 22, 2017

Traci NelsonCharleston, W.Va. (August 22, 2017) - The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the trade association which represents the state’s convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers, has appointed Traci Nelson president of the organization, representatives announced. 

“Given her more than 20 years of experience working with OMEGA and its membership, there is no one more qualified to lead the organization than Traci,” said OMEGA Chairman Joe DeFazio.  “She knows our issues, understands trade association management and for those reasons, was a unanimous choice to lead us into the future.” 

Nelson said, “I’m humbled by the faith and trust of the OMEGA Board in giving me this opportunity.  There was no greater mentor than Jan Vineyard, who led the organization so capably for the past two decades.  She set a high bar and I plan to do my best to live up to it in terms of advocating for our issues and serving our membership.” 

Nelson has worked for OMEGA since 1995 and has held the role of Member Services Coordinator since 2006, when OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA).  OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA) in 2013 and the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia (IIAWV) in 2014.

As president of OMEGA, Nelson also manages the day-to-day operations of the WVTA, the WVWA and the IIAWV.  Nelson is also serving her third term as president of the West Virginia Society of Association Executives (WVSAE).

For additional information, contact Traci Nelson at (304) 343-5500, or via email at traci@omegawv.com

Year in Review 2016

May 25, 2017

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WV Wholesalers Association Announce Scholarship Recipents for 2015

July 27, 2015

Charleston, WV (July 27, 2015) – The West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA), the trade association which represents the state’s wholesale distributors, has announced their annual recipients of $1,000 WVWA Scholarships. Those recipients include: Ryan Beveridge of Finleyville, PA; Taylor Brown of Glen Fork, WV; Danielle McCallister of Barboursville, WV; and Derek Pavlic of Wheeling, WV. 

“As an association representing West Virginians, we are extremely pleased to be in a position to help support our members and our members’ employees and their families in furthering their education,” said Jan Vineyard, executive director of the WVWA.  “This year’s recipients are all great students, leaders in their schools and active community volunteers and we wish them the best of luck in their education and future endeavors.”  

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WV Wholesalers Association Awards Scholarships 2013

October 14, 2013

We are thrilled to announce our 2013 Scholarship Winners, all of whom are very deserving of these awards:

The 2013 John Hodges Memorial Scholarship, partially underwritten by Sledd Co., was awarded to Danielle McCallister.  Danielle’s dad, Dan, is employed at Goldsmit-Sydnor, Inc. in Huntington.  Danielle is a senior at MU majoring in biology gradating in May of 2014.  She plans to apply to continue her education in veterinary medicine upon graduation.

Shelby Hawthorne received the 2013 Barry Sydnor Memorial Fund Scholarship for $1000.  Shelby’s father Charles is an employee of Goldsmit-Sydnor, Inc.  She is senior at Marshall and will graduate in December 2014 with a bachelor’s in elementary education & special education. 

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Legislative Summary 2017

May 01, 2017

The 2017 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die on Sunday, April 9th. There were 1,702 bills introduced this Session. 

132 House bills passed this session and 130 Senate bills.

Both chambers of the Legislature passed a $4.1 billion budget bill. Highlights are:

  • Maintains its balance in part by using $90 million out of the Rainy Day Fund
  • $140 million cut to the medical services line in DHHR; the medical services line item is reduced from $490 million to $350 million.
  • Higher education is cut of just under $30 million. Most state colleges have a 4-percent across-the-board cut. West Virginia and Marshall universities have an 8.5 percent cut.
  • Public education is relatively unchanged from current funding. 
  • No money in this budget for the governor's Save Our State fund for infrastructure and economic development.
  • No money for a classroom teacher pay raises or for pay raises for any state employees.
  • No tax increases.  

The House passed the budget by a vote of 63-37 and the Senate by 22-12. 

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Legislative Summary 2016

March 15, 2016

The 2nd session of the 82nd Legislature came to a close on Saturday the 12th. The Republican-led Legislature continued their work on legislation that would make our state friendlier to the business community by passing bills that attract new industry and promote growth. The two most significant pieces being the legislation to make West Virginia a Right-to-Work state (SB 1) and a bill repealing the Prevailing Wage (HB 4005). The Legislature also continued their work on improving the legal climate in our state and, as promised in the months leading up to the session, addressed much needed regulatory reform.  

Members of the Legislature knew the most significant challenge they would face during this session would be dealing with the state’s growing budget deficient for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal year and passing a budget that addressed those problems for 2017. The two chambers passed vastly different budget bills. The Senate’s bill included revenue from the tobacco tax that they passed and the House’s budget bill dipped into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, cut agency budgets by an additional 4.5 percent and swept large portions of the state’s reserve accounts. 

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