The Ottumwa Courier

March 7, 2014

Woodard receives Bucket Box award


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Randal E. Woodard, CEO and president of Elliott Oil Company in Ottumwa, was recognized with the coveted 2014 Bucket Box Award by the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa. He was nominated by his industry peers for his many years of successfully working on behalf of the petroleum industry and for his exceptional community involvement in civic affairs.

Woodard accepted the award from Dawn Carlson, president and CEO of the association. “Randy has served our industry for many years. He just completed eight years on the PMCI board, including a year leading the group as chairman of the Executive Committee. He also just retired from 15 years of service with the PMCI Health Trust Board. Randy is a highly respected leader among petroleum marketers in the state of Iowa, and it has been an honor to work with him,” she said.

The association gives the award to a leader in the industry, and it is the most prestigious recognition that they bestow upon a member. The origin of the Bucket Box Award dates back to 1982 and was specially designed to include an historic piece of equipment called a bucket box counter. In the earlier days of the oil industry, this device was used to measure the number of 5-gallon buckets of oil that were delivered to customers. These counters have long been retired and are rarely found except in collector’s acquisitions. To date, there have been 28 recipients of the Bucket Box Award.

Woodard also is a recipient of the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture’s Biodiesel Marketing Award for his company’s efforts to expand the availability of biodiesel and promote its usage by consumers. He is a member of Iowans for Consumer Fuel Choice and currently serves on the Petroleum Marketers Management Insurance Company’s and RINAlliance Inc. board of directors.

Not only is Woodard a leader in the industry, but he also has held leadership roles in numerous community organizations including the Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Ottumwa Country Club, Ottumwa Youth Football League, Ottumwa Babe Ruth, Ottumwa “A” Club, Wapello County Ducks Unlimited and founder and board chairman of Amoco (BP) Jobbers Children’s Miracle Network. His company has been an athletic program sponsor, an Indian Hills Community College scholarship provider and has been a proud sponsor of the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital.

Woodard, son-in-law to the founder, James Elliott, joined the company in 1984 and has continued to grow the enterprise. Under his leadership, the company started its own transport business and founded Elliott Bulk Services, LLC, which includes a bulk plant and warehouse. When Amoco merged with BP in 1998, another transition took place, and now the stores operate under the BP brand. Elliott Oil continues to grow and has franchise operations with McDonald’s, Arby’s and Godfather’s Pizza. They employ more than 200 people.

The award was presented during the annual meeting at the Kansas City Marriott on Feb. 28.