PURE Co-op recognizes tenures and service of two special leaders

Jerry Carter and Ed Blalock beloved, respected among industry peers

Jerry Carter (left), former district manager for 11 years with the PURE Co-op, chats with Co-op Past President Ed Blalock, Jr., at the 2007 yearend sharholders meeting, their last official Co-op function working together.

Jerry Carter (left), former district manager for 11 years with the PURE Co-op, chats with Co-op Past President Ed Blalock, Jr., at the 2007 yearend sharholders meeting, their last official Co-op function working together.

(Rock Hill, SC) The success of organizations is invariably tied to the service and dedication of special persons in roles of leadership. Two such individuals have served the PURE Oil Jobbers Cooperative well, leaving an indelible mark on Co-op success following their tenures.

Jerry Carter, with more than 50 years of work experience in the industry, brought unmatched knowledge and expertise to his Co-op customers during his 11 years as a district sales manager. The Co-op Board of Directors recognized him at the annual shareholders meeting last November, where he announced his retirement with members of his family and his close Co-op friends in attendance. Jerry most recently handled sales and services for members of the Co-op in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Now he is assisting former Co-op Office Manager Anita Malone in taking his place in the field.

Jerry speaks fondly of his time in sales with the Co-op, which allowed him to witness growth in membership and volume, as well as the re-birth of the PURE brand in the hands of gifted petroleum marketers.

“The Co-op has been a blessing for the small jobber,” says Carter, noting the organization’s hard work to secure product (supply) volumes at stable, attractive prices. “We’ve grown when others weren’t, but now we need to consider growth outside of our original 10-state region.” Carter is especially fond of the organizational structure of the Co-op, as each member owns an equal, single share of stock, with a vested interest in getting an annual rebate or return on that investment.

In addition to expanding the Co-op into additional markets, Jerry notes that such a growth strategy will require securing supplemental sources of supply.

“We need to work through whatever issues that may arise in order to build better relationships with our suppliers,” he says.

Like Carter, Ed Blalock, Jr. has a familiarity with the PURE brand that has come full circle, from the days prior to the PURE Oil sale to Union Oil/Unocal, to today, when PURE is the independent brand of the Co-op. Blalock’s father, Ed Blalock, Sr., founded Blalock Oil in Jonesboro, Georgia in 1939, when the company was handling product from Wofford Oil, which was later purchased by PURE Oil. Like many oil jobbers in the PURE Co-op, Blalock has been in the industry long enough to witness the return of PURE in 1993, when the Co-op was founded.

Blalock, who joined his family business full-time in 1960, has had a seat on the PURE Co-op Board since he bought into the organization nine years ago. He has served as Co-op President on two occasions, most recently in 2007. It was also at the yearend shareholders meeting last November that his fellow board members thanked him, alongside Jerry Carter, for his service, noting the outstanding leadership he provided the Co-op during times of transition.

“Mr. Blalock garners a tremendous amount of respect, not just among Co-op members, but within the industry,” says Frank Dotson, general manager of the PURE Oil Jobbers Co-op. “He provided an experienced, steadying presence during his entire tenure on the board.”

Media contact: Dr. Chris Wood (770-757-1681, cell, OR jcwood@uga.edu, email)