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Mr. Robert B. Nicholson III

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President

Eastern Propane Corporation
255 Oak Ridge Rd
Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438
United States

Company Description: For 70 years, Eastern Propane has provided for the energy needs of our customers. We appreciate your use of clean-burning and environmentally sound propane in your...   more
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Lakeland Bank - Board Members
www.lakelandbank.com, 28 May 2014 [cached]
Robert Nicholson III
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Robert Nicholson III Director since 2003
Mr. Nicholson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Propane Corporation, has broad experience in the management and acquisition of companies and commercial real estate. As a result of his civic and business commitment to our communities, Mr. Nicholson has been honored with the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award from Sparta Township and as a Distinguished Citizen by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots Path Council. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Florida Southern College, for outstanding service to his professions and community. Mr. Nicholson has been a member of the Board of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. since 2003.
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Robert B. Nicholson
Eastern Propane
www.easternpropane.com, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Robert B. Nicholson, Chairman of the Board. The Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriot's Path Council, was awarded to Robert B. Nicholson. This award is presented to a citizen who lives by the Scout Oath and Law and who, by his example and deeds, works to improve the opportunities and quality of life for youth.
Robert B. Nicholson, Chairman of the Board, was presented the New Jersey Propane Gas Howard Card Award.
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Robert B. Nicholson III , President, was presented the Sponsor's Trophy by the Sussex County United Way for his efforts in raising funds for the Charitable organization .
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The Sprint Blue Classic Award, presented to Robert Nicholson III, President of Eastern Propane for volunteerism and contributions to the agency.
His son, Bob ...
www.bpnews.com, 10 Jan 2014 [cached]
His son, Bob Nicholson, current chairman of Eastern Propane, tells the story about his father noticing his propane cylinder was empty when he started the range to cook dinners in his restaurant. That was on a Friday, but his propane supplier told him that the earliest a new tank of gas could be delivered would be the following Wednesday. Thinking he could provide better service than that, the senior Nicholson decided then to go into the retail propane cylinder business.
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"When we went into business, [my father] said he would never go to sleep at the end of a day unless everyone had a supply of gas," Bob Nicholson noted. That would be but one of several business ventures for Robert Nicholson Sr., who became a land developer, home builder, and kitchen installer, and owned Bob's Service Station with a Studebaker automobile dealership.
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"A competitor objected to us discounting the gas, but we only did it because of volume," stated Bob Nicholson.
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This prompted Nicholson to call his propane company competitors and pretend to be a customer asking for an underground propane tank. They all tried to talk him out of it.
The Future Is Set "I then knew that Eastern Propane had its destiny set," Bob Nicholson stated. He and his daughter, Debbie, an attorney, worked on a customer agreement for Eastern Propane to retain ownership of the propane tank. He became trained through the National Association of Corrosion Engineers in cathodic protection to eliminate mill scale that causes rust and corrosion, and he eventually started a tank painting company, ABR Technology (Abrasive Blasting Restoration). He believes Eastern Propane was among the first to offer underground propane tanks to residential builders.
"I believe we put in more underground tanks in the '70s, '80s, and '90s than our competition," he claimed. Nicholson continued the company's commitment to safety and is pleased to note that the NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code now requires the use of cathodic protection. He adds that tanks must undergo periodic inspection and propane companies must keep proper records to prove to the authority having jurisdiction that the tank was properly installed.
As part of his commitment to safety, he developed an emergency response kit, which he describes as a toolbox that helps a bobtail driver or service technician stop a propane leak and take other steps to avoid accidents. Through his tank painting business he discovered that he could not paint underneath the steel data plate on the tank. As part of the National Propane Gas Association's Technology Standards & Safety (TS&S) committee, he worked with others to enact an NFPA 58 requirement that every ASME tank's data plate must be stainless steel and seal-welded to prevent rust underneath it.
Bob Nicholson has been active in training first responders, and because of his safety knowledge, responders have sometimes called him to help at an incident site. He became aware that if a propane marketer attempted to help another propane company involved in a propane safety incident, that helpful marketer could also be charged with being involved in the accident. Because of that, he worked to develop the first state Good Samaritan Act in the 1970s. As a result of his efforts, various states across the country later passed their own Good Samaritan laws.
He has also continued the entrepreneurial spirit of his father, founding Lakeland Bank in 1969, which now operates 53 branches. In the mid-1980s, the Nicholsons acquired Diversco, an equipment distributor for Fisher and Blackmer. Soon after, ProChem, a distributor for RegO and Corken products that also performs bulk plant installations and fabricates bulk trucks, was purchased.
Bob Nicholson attributes much of his success to industry involvement such as serving on the TS&S committee, as a National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) director, and president of what was then the New Jersey Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (now the New Jersey Propane Gas Association), and as a member of the Propane Education & Research Council's (PERC) research and development committee. NPGA presented him with a Chairman's Citation Award in 2008 for his safety, association, and industry contributions. In addition, he spearheaded the propane industry's centennial celebration in 2012 and has also worked to preserve and promote the industry's history through his involvement with the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa.
"Our industry members can become more successful if they involve themselves in PERC and NPGA projects," he said. "They learn more about what goes on in the industry before it actually happens."
A Third Generation Although Rob Nicholson, current president of Eastern Propane, was just 10 years old when his grandfather, Robert Nicholson Sr., died in 1974, he has fond memories of his grandfather, founder of the family propane business in Oak Ridge, N.J. "Any time anything broke in the house, we would set it aside, and we would visit on Sundays," Rob Nicholson reminisced. "I'd gather broken things from my friends, and we would fix them together. He could fix anything." "I worked in the cylinder plant around 1975 when I was 11. The cylinder plant was a fun place."
After Rob Nicholson graduated from college in 1986, his father asked him to help out with the family business for six months. But he never left. He went on to serve as company treasurer, and in 1988 became company president at age 24. The following year the company sold its Diversco and ProChem businesses to gas equipment distributor Ray Murray Inc. (Lee, Mass.), allowing the young Nicholson to focus on the retail propane business exclusively.
In December 2005, a new segment of the company was spawned as Rob Nicholson expanded further into the rail terminal business.
New Jersey Propane Gas Association
www.njpga.com, 10 July 2014 [cached]
Robert B. Nicholson, III Eastern Propane Corporation
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Robert B. Nicholson Eastern Propane Corporation
Director Emeritus
Hurricane Sandy 2012 — New Jersey Propane Gas Association
www.njpga.com, 12 Nov 2012 [cached]
Robert B. Nicholson III State Director, New Jersey Propane Gas Association President/CEO, Eastern Propane Corporation
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