According to an article in the Butler Gas company newsletter:
The Butler Gas Family salutes industry visionary Ken Thompson, and we thank him for his decades of service as Facilitator of our Buying and Information Group (BIG).
A special evening was enjoyed by all as three generations of Thompson Family joined BIG Members in Charleston, South Carolina to celebrate the career of our group patriarch, Ken. Pictured, Jack Butler, Butler Gas Chairman, gives a toast to Ken.
BIG is a best-practices group of twelve independent companies across the country. Butler Gas and our eleven company peers gather multiple times each year to learn about new industry technology and to share safety lessons learned. What began as a buying group has evolved into a relationship-centric network of leading independents who focus on succession planning, industry stewardship, employee engagement, supply chain strength, and service elevation in our respective markets. Butler Gas is deeply grateful for our BIG Family, and for our leader Ken Thompson. We wish Ken and Dotty the best as they enter their next adventure! Thank you for helping shape our company into what it is today.