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Local businesswoman elected to national propane leadership roles 

Delta Liquid Energy’s VP stands out in male-dominated propane industry

Delta Liquid Energy, a third-generation, family-owned, Paso Robles-based propane marketer with nine locations across California, recently announced that owner and Vice President of Administration Cindy Platz-Belmont has been elected to serve in two major leadership roles on both the state and national propane industry levels.

The Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA) Board of Directors recently elected the San Luis Obispo County native and Cal Poly alumna to a three-year term which entails serving as secretary/treasurer for 2014, vice chairwoman in 2015, and chairwoman in 2016. Platz-Belmont was also recently elected as 2014 Vice Chairwoman for the Women in Propane Council of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), making her the incumbent Chairwoman for the 2015 term year.

Cindy Platz-Belmont

Cindy Platz-Belmont

With her elections, Platz-Belmont continues the Delta Liquid Energy legacy of active involvement with and dedication to the industry, and makes Delta Liquid Energy’s founding Platz Family the first family ever to have three family members serve on the WPGA Board: Her father, Frank Platz, was WPGA Chairman of the organization from 1971 to 1972, and her brother, current DLE President, Bill Platz was WPGA Chairman from 1998 to 1999.

“Delta Liquid Energy has always maintained a high-level of involvement in the propane industry in order to remain on the ‘cutting edge’ for the betterment of our company, employee safety, and, most of all, our customers,” says Vice President of Retail Operations Robert Jacobs, saying that Delta Liquid Energy has been an industry leader in promoting a low carbon footprint through the use of propane motor fuel equipment and propane vehicles, which produce up to 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their gasoline or diesel counterparts. “We are very proud of Cindy Platz-Belmont for continuing this tradition of leadership on a national scale.”

In addition to serving her family’s company, Platz-Belmont says she hopes to help make an impact on other women working in the traditionally male-dominated propane industry.

“The national level of NPGA has always been for the most part a ‘men’s group’ so-to-speak,” Platz-Belmont says, “but women have been making more inroads to grow within our industry. I am excited and honored to be a part of the mentoring programs that we will make available to all women in propane: getting more women involved on the national level, providing useful education and training tools designed to educate members on public speaking, creating networking opportunities and much more.”

Delta Liquid Energy has been family owned and operated since 1936. Current President Bill Platz, a Cal Poly alumnus, recently served as Chairman of the national Propane Education & Research Council. He and his sister Cindy Platz-Belmont, vice president of administration, lead the company, following in the footsteps of their father, Frank Platz, and their grandparents Harry and Iva Platz. Committed to providing customers with reliable, professional, and courteous service, the company employs 110 people and operates nine bulk plant locations, an RV parts store in Paso Robles and two rail terminals with extensive storage and transport capabilities.

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