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About Us

Eric W. Bates

Director of Sales/Owner

Eric has worked in the propane industry for over 24 years in various roles starting as an account manager for a national propane supplier. Some of his roles have included Sr. Account Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Director of Sales, National Accounts Manager, Business Development Manager, Director of Strategic Accounts at Roush and National Director of Autogas. He is a current board member of the Arizona Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education and Research Council’s Autogas Project Committee.

Outside of the propane world, Eric is an avid golfer, loves old cars and is the proud owner of two beautiful huskies, Teeco and Timber.

Rick Gilman

Director of Operations/Owner

Rick has over 30 years of successful experience at Hands-On Leadership, Sales, Operations, Acquisitions and Business Development. Rick served as President and Owner of Legacy Propane for six years after which he continued his propane adventure as a Branch Manager until the inception of Canyon State Propane.

In Rick’s spare time, he loves traveling with his family, meeting new people and hanging with his awesome Irish Jack Russell terrier, Woody.

Marie Welling

Director of Everything Else/Owner

Marie has been in the business world for over 25 years. She thrives on running an efficient office while at the same time having fun doing it. She is so excited to be part of the Canyon State Propane Team and hopes to make each customer feel like family!

When Marie is not running the office, she loves snow skiing, teaching Jazzercise and spending time with her red labradoodle, Stella.

We would love to be your safe, reliable propane supplier!