History of the Association

The Washington Oil Marketers Association (WOMA) is a non-profit trade association with 78 individual and corporate members that market petroleum products in Washington State and more than 50 associate members that sell products and services that support the petroleum industry. old-stationWOMA members account for nearly 80% of all petroleum products sold in Washington State, including 68,000,000 gallons of heating oil to residential and industrial users.

WOMA’s existing structure was created in 1982, when marketers from Eastern Washington merged with members from the west to create a stronger and more effective association. The transition was seamless, as it was in 2005 when WOMA joined forces with The Pacific Northwest Oil Heat Council (PNOC) to provide a consistent voice in the State Legislature.

WOMA is unique amongst state associations in that it is closely aligned with two regional trade associations: The Pacific Oil Conference (POC) and the Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA). The non-profit POC is an annual trade show and conference devoted to wholesalers and retailers in the petroleum products industry, and the WPMA assists state associations in administering their programs, distributing legislative information, publishing periodicals, and providing convention and membership services. In addition, WPMA runs a popular merit-based scholarship program for the children of members and associate members.

old-truckWOMA is also a member of the national Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), which represents petroleum marketers on national issues in Washington D.C. Remarkably, two of the PMAA’s recent Chairmen are WOMA members from the State of Washington. Craig Eerkes, President and CEO of Sun Pacific Energy in Kennewick, Washington, served as Chairman in 2007, and Gerry Ramm, Senior Executive at Inland Oil Company in Ephrata, Washington, has been elected Chairman in 2010. In addition, WOMA Executive Director Lea Wilson is the Western Regional State Executive Representative for PMAA’s Executive Committee.

As an association of like-minded members, WOMA encourages a high level of business ethics and provides resources for education, training and an exchange of ideas. The group’s strength comes from the strong ties of its members who are not only friendly competitors, but also close friends.