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The Difference

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. A lot of times we hear of the benefits of big business versus small business in retail. Items that are offered in one or the other are always a matter of discussion. Here is a story that shows the difference. This last Saturday, I attended my wife’s sister’s

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The Melting Pot

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently returned from a meeting in Las Vegas. As I sat and watched the Fremont Experience light show highlighting the greatness of the USA while enjoying America the Beautiful being played, pride overwhelmed me. The pride overshadowed the negativity one hears every day from the political parties

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The Common Denominator

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I read an article stating that most American’s support a higher minimum wage and employer paid health care. The survey should have went on to ask if most American’s would support employer paid vacations, sick leave, transportation cost, home improvement expenditures and peace on earth. Surveys will supply

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Highway Tax Support

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. There seems to be an ongoing saga of a shortage of funds for highway maintenance in the U.S. I’m not a fan of designated taxes for roads. It is like designating a tax for the military and then a tax for every other need. With that said, I

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Life Choices

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Justin and Shanna Ellefson, brother and sister, decided a long time ago that working their way to pay for higher education might not be easy, but it beats the alternative. Not only does working to pay for higher education help lower their education debt, but it also teaches

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Abbreviations

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. In this new tech world we live in it is hard for an old guy like me to keep up with, everything. Text messages are sent to me with abbreviations in them that can change the meaning of the message, with an old interpretation. I have a couple

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You Just Never Know

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. At the beginning of 2014, my partner and son, Eric, asked me what my thoughts were on a sale price, because he was approached by a purchaser, for the Team Oil Travel Center. I told Eric, one year’s gross would be fine. Eric made the comment, “What if

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Community Involvement

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The government’s knee jerk reaction following hurricanes Katrina and Sandy was having meetings and studies and then more meetings on coordinating a way to respond to energy outages that caused hardship and stress on the citizens. People react differently in a crisis, causing long lines and unruly people

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Holiday Shopping Results

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The holiday shopping results for this year have been mixed. Reports have been negative on the expected sales reports. My son and business partner Eric and I differ on our opinions on the sales reports. He believes the economy is doing better, so the retailers didn’t have the

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Costly Words

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I am the second youngest of 13 siblings. My father passed away when I was 11, leaving my mother to raise us. The family checkbook was titled “Steve and Carmen.” Upon the death of my father, the bank froze my mother’s checking account because of the word “and.” I

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Know Your Customers

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Knowing your customers means more than knowing what they are going to purchase when they visit your store. The ability to remember each customer’s needs is an art but, it is more important to know if the customer is a private person and doesn’t want you to notice

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Sales Tax Reform

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The time is now for sales tax collection reform to be taken seriously. Governors in states are suggesting that state gas tax be replaced with sales tax and that income tax be off set by raising the sales tax. I realize this is the ancient known shell game,

A Teaching Moment

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I arrived at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning at the Team Oil Travel Center.  The previous day, my business partner and I decided to clear out the 700 DVDs we had in stock. My partner, Eric, directed the staff to put them all on the shelf and

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The Art of Training

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Every generation speaks of the next generation of workers like they are aliens. My parents use to say, “When I was young, I use to walk to and from school uphill both ways.” My generation likes to say, “The younger generation just doesn’t understand.” Statements like these do not

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Minimum Wage Trade Off

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I have said over and over, politicians’ raising the minimum wage to gain votes is now coming to haunt those responsible. Headlines are reading “The New Economy: Unemployment rate falls, but teens get left behind.” As economists will insist, raising the minimum wage doesn’t affect the numbers substantially. It

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A Tribute To Dad

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. My dad passed away when I was 11 years old. There are a number of memories I have that have stayed with me my whole life. I thought I would share a few. I remember being picked on in school because Dad had John Deere tractors and my

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Hypocrites Wage Interpretation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  The more some politicians push for an increase in the minimum wage the more I find it so hypocritical. Businesses provide internships to students and various other entry level applicants with pay. On the other hand, politicians have interns, pages and volunteers work for them with NO pay.

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It’s Called Retail

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The controversy over who charges sales tax and who doesn’t charge sales tax fascinates me, i.e., sales tax collected by brick and mortar, versus online, and in-state online, versus out of state, etc. The solution is simple, the 5th Amendment tells us: “No private property can be taken

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My Hyperbole Confusion

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article about raising the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon.  The article goes on to say that by doing so it would more than double the current federal gas tax.  Federal gas tax is currently at 18.4 cents a gallon. I questioned

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Minimum Wage And Politicians

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. It amazes me how economists are called upon by the politicians for insight on raising the minimum wage.  The very people that are known for deadlock and ongoing partisan politics are calling on educated, figure-toting, research experts to give insight on the raising of the minimum wage and

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Sales Tax: Wrong Answer

By Tony Huppert, , CEO, Team Oil Inc. Every few years a presidential candidate, governor or other tax engineer has the vision that by increasing sales tax the government’s tax needs will be met. They call it a fair tax or some other name for the replacement for income tax or property tax. The issue

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Stress Factor

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Management of convenience stores has a tendency to forget about the Stress Factor associated with employee’s job stress, especially the clerks on the front line. The clerks are the ones that customers will accuse of placing the gas dispensers on the wrong side of the customer’s car, making

Job Creation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  Our politicians, along with their followers, usually have one thing they all agree on, “We have to create jobs.”   But actually putting this decree into action is harder than it seems.  A lot of times, we retool our factories so we are more competitive with foreign countries. We

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Minimum Wage Dilemma

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently received an email from a State Senator highlighting the need to raise the minimum wage. The Senator mentions polls and surveys that support the belief. The problem with polls and surveys, they can be worded to get whatever result is wanted.  OK, on with the minimum

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