2017 Year in Review – Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc.

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2017 Year in Review – Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc. As the year comes to an end, your premier bulk fuel distributor, Ricochet Fuel, would like to take a moment and reflect on some of the great moments, the team members, customers, and vendors that made 2017 a year to remember.

2017 Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year

Wow! What a way to kick off 2017! Ricochet Fuel was honored to be named 2017 Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS). This award recognizes a woman-owned business that exemplifies outstanding business acumen, industry leadership, community service, and a commitment to doing business with fellow WBEs.

“The award is a huge honor and we appreciate all the contributions from our employees, vendors, and great customers. The WBCS is a huge contributor to the strength of our company,” said Kelly Roberts, owner of Ricochet Fuel.

Ricochet Fuel may have received the award, but we could not have been in the running for it without amazing employees, vendors, and customers. Thank you!

Hurricane Season

Texas Hurricane Season “Tough times don’t last; tough people do” – said by someone who worked in the Texas fuel industry during Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard and sent most of Texas scrambling for fuel. The entire state of Texas, and beyond, experienced severe fuel shortages when the Gulf Coast refineries shut down due to the hurricane. Texas supply was nonexistent for several days, and once some of the refineries started up, they had trouble regaining full capacity. Transportation of fuel was overwhelmed due to rationed supply and long wait times. Every truck was running at maximum capacity and still the delivery system was heavily stressed.

Again, Ricochet must thank the “all hands-on deck” mentality of our employees, the “willingness to jump through hoops” of our vendors, and the understanding and patience of our customers that helped us get through that trying time.

Team Events

Ricochet Fuel had some new, interesting, and FUN events at the office during 2017.

Because we recorded an unprecedented number of tanks delivered this past June, we celebrated the momentous occasion (and kept it tank related) with our first ever Dunk-Tank-A-Palooza! Employees were given three attempts to sink management and sales team members. Along with the dunk tank fun, employees enjoyed pizza and snow cones.

For many years, Ricochet has taken a break from fuel with A Night at the Races at Lonestar Park. This year we upped the stakes with a team-building contest. Each department – Admin, Ops, and Sales – were given supplies to build a “horse” soap box derby to race down the parking lot hill. Excitement, hijinks, and some betting ensued, but in the end, it was our Ops team that reigned supreme.

Looking Ahead

2018 is a special year – Ricochet Fuel celebrates its 30 th anniversary. Hard to believe we have been doing this for so long, but with amazing team members, outstanding vendors, and great customers, we will be doing it for another 30 years!

Thank you and see you in 2018!

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