Honor Thy Brother

By Tony Huppert,  CEO of Team Oil Inc. Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a ceremony honoring my brother-in-law, John T. Snoeyenbos, for his service in the U.S. Army. My sister, Arlene, was presented the plaque of gratitude. As I sat there in this humbling atmosphere I thought of my other brothers. My oldest


Jobs available

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. As I drive the highways, I can’t help but see ‘Help Wanted’ signs everywhere. Fast food, factories, hospitals, etc. all have ‘Help Wanted’ signs in their yards. I can’t help but wonder if the ads are misleading. Back in the 70’s I was working at the Armour

Voting by Proxy

By Tony Huppert,  CEO of Team Oil Inc. I am beginning to understand the corporate takeover of media outlets. At first I thought it was for profit, now I realize it is for control. Now that the political parties are selling the rights to the Presidential Debates to PAY TV for profit, the results of

Pick and Choose

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I’m concerned about the misuse of religious freedom and the misguided use of it for personal attention and justification of one’s past experiences. It is troubling to think one can be praised for ‘breaking the law’ by using the religious freedom crutch. Anyone short sided enough not

Why There is No Excuse for Poor Customer Service

Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I believe working at a convenience store should be offered as a work release credit in high school. The benefits this education offers students are priceless. Tolerance, patience and self-control are just a few of the social skills that have to be mastered as a convenience store employee. I recently

A Job Verses A Career

A job will provide you a living. A career will provide you a life. By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I have met people over the years that have told me how lucky I have been over my 63 years. They emphasize the fact that, whatever I have been involved in, I always kept

Maximize Your Message

“If a five-year-old doesn’t understand it, make a new sign.” By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. Recently, my sister went to see her eye doctor. She received the total exam, with the eye dilation, and other tests. While she was waiting to see the doctor, she decided to visit the restroom. On entering the unisex restroom

Paying to Learn What We Were Paid to Learn

There is no substitute for on the job training. By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. Years ago when I was in my prime, many years ago, it was customary to find a job and be taught a skill. Friends of mine would become masons by starting out as labors. They would dig footings,

Are Customers Really Always Right?

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. With all the changes in retail business and society, it gets more challenging to accept the old saying, “the customer is always right.” When a customer fills their diesel trucks tank with gasoline, or hooks a water hose, instead of an air hose, and fills the tire

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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