US biodiesel association the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has elected new industry representatives to serve on its governing board at its annual fall meeting in Washington, DC.
“As the national trade association representing America’s Advanced Biofuel it is critical that we are led by a strong team of advocates from all sectors of the industry,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the NBB. “The NBB governing board continues to strive to move America-made fuel forward and expand our nearly 3-billion-gallon market.”
Members of the association voted to fill seven board member positions for two-year terms, including: Kent Engelbrecht, Archer Daniels Midland; Chad Stone, Renewable Energy Group; Ryan Pederson, North Dakota Soybean Council; Harry Simpson, Crimson Renewable Energy; Paul Soanes, RBF Port Neches; Dave Walton, Iowa Soybean Association; and Tim Ostrem, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
Troy Alberts, Rob Shaffer, Jeff Lynn, Tim Keaveney, Greg Anderson, Mike Rath, Robert Morton and Tom Brooks will continue to serve on the board.
Additionally, the board elected Chad Stone as chairman, Mike Rath as vice chairman, Rob Shaffer as second vice chairman, Ryan Pederson as treasurer and Troy Alberts as secretary.
“We are excited for and support our membership’s choice of new governing board chairman, Chad Stone,” added Rehagen. “Our association is sure that Stone will serve our industry to his fullest capacity and help us reach our lofty goals.”
The association recognised retiring chairman, Kent Engelbrecht, for his three years of service to the NBB. The three-year term is the maximum allowed by the association.
“On behalf of NBB, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to our retiring chairman Engelbrecht,” said Rehagen. “Under his leadership, the biodiesel industry has achieved a great deal of growth and development. We can’t thank Kent enough for his time, commitment, and advocacy for America’s Advanced Biofuel and I’m excited he will remain on the board where we can continue to benefit from his expertise and passion.”
The NBB also extended thanks to retiring governing board member Ron Heck.
Rehagen commented: “Ron has been a tireless advocate for agriculture and biodiesel. I have always admired his ability to understand the market dynamics from the farm field all the way through biodiesel production and distribution. This knowledge has allowed him to represent our members’ interests exceptionally well in some critical moments of our industry. We will miss his strong and consistent leadership.”
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