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Tuesday, June 2  |  Wednesday, June 3  |  Thursday, June 4

SUNDAY, May 31

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A

MONDAY, JUNE 1

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Annual FEW Golf Outing
Legend Club (View More Details)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Co-located Event
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Hall BC
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TUESDAY, JUNE 2

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Auditorium
8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome
Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
8:40 am - 9:00 am Award of Excellence & High Octane Award
Mike Bryan, Chairman, BBI International
9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote Presentation
Bob Dinneen, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
9:30 am - 9:45 am State of the Advanced Ethanol Industry
Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council

9:45 am - 11:00 am Ethanol Producer Roundtable: Moving Forward with Renewed Certainty

This year’s International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo is perfectly timed to gauge industry reaction to the long anticipated 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation requirements which the U.S. EPA has confirmed will be released by June 1, 2015. This panel of ethanol executives will offer their initial reactions to the 2014 numbers as well as their hopes for the numbers the agency has promised by November 30th. This general session will offer attendees the industry’s very first public reaction to this critical administrative decision. Additionally, panelists will discuss the industry’s continuing efforts to expand the marketplace for ethanol via E15 and mid-level blends, progress at the industry’s first class of cellulosic ethanol production facilities, the opportunities for producers within the EPA’s Efficient Producer Pathway program, and much more.

Moderator: Tom Bryan, President, BBI International & Editor-In-Chief, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Paul Koehler, Vice President, Pacific Ethanol
  • Mike Jerke, CEO, Guardian Energy Management
  • Jan Koninckx, Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa Bioenergy
  • Dan Cummings, President, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
  • Ray Defenbaugh, President, CEO & Chairman, Big River Resources
11:00 am
INNOVATION STAGE PRESENTATION View Full Schedule
Innovation Stage - Exhibit BC
Bob Dinneen, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council
Post General Session Media Q&A
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall BC
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Exhibit Hall BC
Noon - 1:30 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
    Exhibit Hall BC
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Exploring Best Practices for Yield Maximization
Moderator: Steve Rust, Director, Industry Relations, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • M. Clark Dale, President & CEO, Bio-Process Innovation
    Directed Evolution Fermentation Process for Improved Yields, Rates, and Production in Corn Ethanol Facilities
  • Srinivas Budaraju, Industry Lead – Biofuels, Rockwell Automation Company
    Secondary GA Addition: Batch Fermentation
  • Jack Swanson, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Yield, Efficiency and Profitability
  • Derek Payne, Research Associate, Novozymes
    Yield Maximization: Propagation and Fermentation Optimization
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
A Look at Industry Margins and Strategies for Growing Your Own Plant’s Profit Opportunity

Moderator: Paula Emberland, Account Manager, ERI Solutions Inc.
  • Charles Hurburgh, Jr., Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University 
    Tracking Margins, Corn Inputs, and Product Balances
  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Risk Management LLC
    Boom to Bust? Ethanol Crush Margin Outlook in a World of Low Oil Prices
  • Chip Whalen, VP, Education & Research, CIH
    Best Practices for Effective Ethanol Margin Management
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Plant Optimization and Environmental Permitting
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Deploying Hardware Solutions to Maximize Coproduct Profitability
Moderator: Mark Yancey, Vice President, Project Development, BBI International
  • Radhakrishnan Srinivasan, Founder, Weighty Corn LLC
    Fiber Separation from Corn Flour in Existing Ethanol Plants using Sieving and Air Classification
  • John Robinson, Owner & President, Drying Technology Inc.
    Fuel Alcohol Industry Losing $Millions Due to DDGS Over Drying
  • Cem Brinckley, Sales Manager, Rotary Airlock LLC
    Airlock Longevity in DDGs
  • Jennifer Aurandt, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    Transformative Applications of Stickwater Process Stream from VFRAC Technology Platform
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Grabbing that Next Rung: Advanced Ethanol Production for Existing Starch Producers
Moderator: Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
  • Aaron Hawkins, Scientist - TS Biomass, Novozymes North America
    Use of Innovative Enzyme Technology for the Generation of Advanced Biofuels from Grain
  • James Bleyer, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    Fiber Recovery and Hydrolysis: Platform for Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Delayne Johnson, CEO, Quad County Corn Processors
    Cellerate Process Technology
  • Peter Reimers, President & CEO, Arisdyne Systems
    Fiber and Starch Co-Fermentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
The War with Many Fronts: Combating Yield Reduction Wherever It Can Be Found
Moderator: David Lococo, Executive Vice President, KATZEN International Inc.
  • Robert Yule, Product Launch Manager – Biorefining, Solenis LLC
    Novel Scale Inhibitor Proves More Effective at Improving Evaporator Efficiency than Traditional Chemical Treatments
  • Dennis Bayrock, Global Director Fermentation Research, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Precipitates, Fouling, and Bacterial Contamination at Fuel Ethanol Plants: Formation, Prevention, and Impact on Difficult Bacterial Contamination
  • Lowell Pless, Business Development Manager – Distillation Applications, Tracerco
    Distillation Tower Gamma Scanning: A Quantitative Tool for Troubleshooting
  • Ben Sunderhaus, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits
    Fermentation: Recognizing Issues and Implementing Solutions in a Fuel Ethanol Facility
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
How Knowing Where Your Plant Is...is a Vital Step in Driving It Where You Want It To Be
Moderator: Todd Taylor, Co-Chair, Clean Technology Group, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
  • Mark Warren, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    Getting Ahead of the Curve: Assessing the Ethanol Supply Curve and Key Strategies for Success
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K.Coe Isom
    Successful Benchmarking to Make a Difference
  • Frank Baumgardt, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, FTI Consulting
    How to Keep Your Plant Operating in the Black
  • John Christianson, Principal, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Strategic Planning Essentials
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Leveraging New Production Approaches to Produce Higher Value Feed Coproducts
Moderator: Eric Bober, Principal, Nexant Inc.
  • Milan Hruby, Regional Technical Manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Effect of Specific Fiber-Hydrolyzing Enzymes on DDGS Quality
  • Jennifer Aurandt, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    High Protein Product from Stillage: Path to Market Development
  • Michael Franko, Vice President, Business Development, Fluid Quip Process Technologies
    Protein Coproducts: Determining their Value Proposition
  • Ananda Nanjundaswamy, Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences, Alcorn State University
    Plain Feed to Platinum Feed: Nutraceutically Enriched Coproducts the Way Forward
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Cellulosic Go/No-Go: A Conversation about Evaluating Investments in Next Generation Ethanol Production
Moderator: Scott McDermott, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
  • Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Technology Options Abound: How to Evaluate the Alternatives
  • Doug Dudgeon, Vice President, Harris Group Inc.
    Matching Project Goals and Contracting Strategy
  • Philip Madson, President, KATZEN International Inc.
    Strategies for Commercialization of Bio-based Technology: Evolution or Revolution?
  • Jeremy Javers, Principal Research Scientist, ICM Inc.
    Line of Sight to Cellulosic Ethanol
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall BC
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Wonderful Widgets: Technologies Available for Plants Looking to Drive Out Process Expenses and Increase Profits
Moderator: Christopher Richards, SVP Sales & Business Development, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
  • Gary Bymers, International Sales Manager, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
    200 Proof Depressurization System Benefits
  • Alain Castro, CEO, Ener-Core Inc.
    Reusing Process Waste Gases as a Source of Energy to Reduce Costs, Improve Profitability and Establish a New Environmental Standard for Ethanol Production
  • Stephan Blum, Chief Technology Officer, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    Cooling Water Limitations: The 92ºF Problem
  • Hank Brittain, Director of Optimization and Advanced Control, OPX Control
    Tutorial on PID Control and Tuning
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Big Data I: How Plant Managers Can Use Production Information to Gain Financial Insight
Moderator: Holly Jessen, Managing Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Carson Merkwan, Business Development Manager, Direct Automation LLC
    Pi in the Sky, Data Management for You
  • Bobby Anderson, CEO, NCAT Inc.
    Plant Data Transformation: Convert Disorganized, Poorly Utilized Data into a Key Financial Asset
  • Chris Kirchberg, JMP Technical Enablement Engineer, SAS Institute Inc.
    Speeding Up Analysis and Discovery of Ethanol Data
  • Nick LeFebvre, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Utilizing Simple Statistical Analysis Programs in an Ethanol Plant
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
A Boom of Our Own: Best Practices in Corn Oil Capture and Characterization
Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • James Bleyer, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    V-FRAC: Complete Back End Processing Technology
  • Neal Jakel, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Theory and Practical Solutions for Enhanced Distillers Corn Oil Recovery
  • Michael Regier, Vice President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Reducing Fractionation CapEx: A Major Shift in Technology
  • Gina Clapper, Technical Specialist, AOCS
    Characterize Corn Distillers Oil with AOCS Methods
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Starch Ethanol’s Cellulosic Sequel Also Begins with Biology
Moderator: Eric Sumner, Technical Business Development Manager, Anitox
  • Nicklas Bonander, Principal Scientist, Taurus Energy AB
    Taurus XyloFerm® Yeast Technology Offers More Efficient Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • Thomas Jeffries, President, Xylome.com
    Novel Yeasts for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • Allan Froehlich, Senior Research Scientist, Mascoma LLC
    Advanced Yeast Biocatalysts for 2nd Generation Ethanol Production
10:00 am - 10:30 amRefreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
10:30 am - NoonConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Exploring Opportunities for Producers within the EPA’s Efficient Producer Pathway Process

Moderator: Timothy Baye, Professor, Business Development & State Energy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Jim Ramm, Managing Partner & Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Ethanol Expansion through Life Cycle Analysis, Efficient Producer and Advanced Biofuels
  • LaMarr Barnes, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, U.S. Water 
    Efficient Energy Producer Process
  • Nathan Vander Griend, President, ERI Solutions Inc.
    Reducing Cost while Ensuring Compliance and Asset Integrity
  • Andrea Foglesong, Director, Environmental Affairs, ERI Solutions Inc.
    How to get RINs for Ethanol using the Efficient Producer Pathway Process
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Sharpening Your Staff Saw: Training and Tools to Get the Very Best Performance from Your Team
Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • RM Burton, Industry Technology Specialist, Novozymes North America
    Next Generation Training for Ethanol Plants
  • Anne Chronic, Fermentation Specialist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Finding Your Rock Star Operator
  • Kristi Plack, Director, Technical Operations, Bion Analytical
    How to Generate Results in Your Lab that Your Operations Team can Trust
  • Wes Hazlett, Safety Consultant, Rail Safe Training Incorporated
    Upgrade Your Rail Operational Standards
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Diversifying Product Streams and Determining their Impact to Plant Bottom Lines

Moderator: Jeremiah Frueauf, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • Dave Sams, Vice President, Business Development, xF Technologies
    Production of Furoate Solvents and Difuroate Plasticizers
  • Douglas Tiffany, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota
    Phytate Extraction: A New Revenue Stream and DDGS Value Enhancer for Ethanol Plants
  • Jayant Godbole, President & Director, Business Development US & Americas , Praj Industries Limited
    Retrofitting Ethanol Plants with High Quality Beverage Spirit Plant-Changing Paradigm
  • Doug Rivers, Director, Research & Development, ICM Inc.
    Benefits and Challenges of Liquid Fuel and Chemical Production from Renewable Feedstocks
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Lignocellulose’s Sweet Side: Converting Biomass Feedstocks into More Easily Processed Sugar Streams
Moderator: Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox LLC
  • Daniel Hayes, Director, Celignis Limited
    Use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the Rapid Low-Cost Analysis of a Wide Variety of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
  • Sabrina Trupia, Research Director, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Blending Feedstocks for Conversion into Fuels
  • Jack Baron, President, Sweetwater Energy
    The Sweet 7: Keys to Unlocking Your First Commercial 2G Project
  • Barry Wortzman, Vice President, Business Development, GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    GreenField's Answer to Producing Gen2 Sugars
Noon - 1:30 pmLunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 6:30 pmExhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Big Data II: Putting Information to Work Optimizing Fermentation

Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, Global Director Fermentation Research, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Craig Wills, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Optimizing Fermentation Potential: Tips for Better Data Collection, Organization and Analysis
  • Nicholas Giffen, Scientist- Data Analysis, Novozymes North America
    Flexible Enzymatic Solutions for an Ever-Changing Market
  • Matthew Richards, Manager, Application Technology, Mascoma LLC
    Measurement of Ethanol Yield in Grain Ethanol Plant Trials
  • Stephanie Gleason, Applications Scientist I, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    From Prop to Drop: The Role of Yeast Health in Efficient Fuel Ethanol Fermentations
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Understanding How Quality Assurance Plans (QAP) Can Protect Valuable RIN Revenue Streams
Moderator: Gregg Mast, President & CEO, Earthtech Energy
  • Ashley Player, Manager, Weaver and Tidwell LLP
    QAP for Ethanol: Do you need it?
  • Jonathan Olmscheid, Supervisor, Assurance & Advisory Services, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    RINs in 2015 and Beyond: Regulations, Requirements and Revenue Impact
  • Tamara Mills, Compliance Specialist, RINtrust
    QAP: Myths and Truths
  • Jim Venhoff, Manager, Biofuels, Genscape Inc.
    Q-RINs and the QAP Process
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
The Bottom Line: Evaluating the Role that Coproducts Play in Your Facility’s Financial Life
Moderator: Joseph Brady, Manager, Brady Solutions
  • Connie Lindstrom, Benchmarking Consultant, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Coproduct Trends and their Impact on Plant Profitability
  • Robert Sauer, Financial Management, CFO Systems LLC
    Corn Processing Diversification: Valuing Investments in New Products
  • Jeff Scharping, Business Development Manager, ICM Inc.
    Coproducts and Product Diversification
  • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Planning for Blendwalls, Planning for Growth…How Fractionation Prepares you for Both
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Assessing the Progress in Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol Production Technologies
Moderator: Tom Corle, CEO, Leifmark
  • Ken Hill, Business Development & Licensing Leader, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Cellulosic Ethanol Innovation Starts Here
  • Christian Morgen, Business Development, Leifmark
    Guilt-Free Profits: Turning Cellulosic Ethanol Refining into a Highly Successful Low-Carbon Business
  • Patrick Foody, EVP, Advanced Biofuels, Iogen Corporation
    Update on Iogen's Technology and Progress
  • Shekar Govindaswamy, Technical Director, Leaf Technologies
    Advancements in Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Emerging Protocols for the Safe Handling of Carbon Dioxide in Ethanol Production
Moderator: Justin Brandt, EHS Lead, Glacial Lakes Energy, & Plant and Employee Safety Committee Chair, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Mary DeVany, Principal Scientific Researcher, DeVany Industrial Consultants
    Carbon Dioxide: A Safety Program
  • Kristy Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, Renewable Fuels Association
    Working Safely around Carbon Dioxide
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Doubling Down on Compliance: Building Shareholder Value by Working Towards Greater Efficiency and Sustainable Production
Moderator: Timothy Rudnicki, Executive Director, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
  • Andrea Foglesong, Director, Environmental Affairs, ERI Solutions Inc.
    Voluntary Sustainability Plan for Fuel Ethanol Plants
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Managing Environmental Compliance
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K.Coe Isom
    Shareholder Value: Measuring and Maximizing
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
What Ethanol Plant Management Teams Need to Know about the Food Safety Modernization Act
Moderator: Sue Retka-Schill, Senior Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Kelly Davis, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association
    What does FSMA mean to my Ethanol Plant?
  • Gary Engstrom, Technical Manager, U.S. Water 
    Food Safety Modernization Act: A Supplier’s Perspective in the Dry Grind Industry
  • Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director, Environmnental & Life Sciences, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    Feed Ingredient Compliance, FSMA and FDA’s Review of the AAFCO Official Publication
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Laying the Foundations for Cellulosic Success with Well Considered Pretreatment Strategies
Moderator: James Hettenhaus, Co-founder, cea inc.
  • Robert Naidel, Vice President, Lotus Mixers Inc./LOTUS Process Group LLC
    Critical Mixers: Soak Tanks and Other Front End Tanks
  • Christopher Gerken, Scientist, ICM Inc.
    Pretreatment Scale Up of Lignocellulosic Feedstock: Lessons Learned
  • Allison Talley, Biochemist, Enginuity Worldwide LLC
    A Continuous Pre-treatment Method using a Rotary Compression Dryer
  • M. Clark Dale, President & CEO, Bio-Process Innovation
    Low Temp Steep Delignification - A Novel Pretreatment Technology: Pilot Results & Commercial Applications
5:00 pmSessions Conclude
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday Evening Event
Edge of the Wilderness at Nicollet Island Pavillion
Buses will depart at 5:45 pm from the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and the Hilton Minneapolis (View More Details)
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THURSDAY, JUNE 4

8:00 am - 2:00 pm FEW Industry Tours
Bus will depart from Minneapolis Convention Center at 8:00 am    Register & Learn More
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