• The Conference

Block Agenda


7:00 am - 3:00 pm Annual FEW Golf Outing
Brown Deer Golf Course (Learn More | Register)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Top of the page


7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session

Industry Awards

Keynote Address
  • Emily Skor, Incoming CEO, Growth Energy
Pathways to Fully Realizing the Bold Promise of the Broader Biofuels Industry
  • Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, American Coalition for Ethanol
  • Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Noon - 1:30 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConcurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations
Dialing It In: Building a Best-In-Class Yeast Health and Propagation Plan at Your Plant
Read Panel Description
  • Craig Wills, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Yeast Propagation and Optimization
  • Stephanie Gleason, Applications Scientist I, Grain Processing, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Under Pressure: The Yeast Stress Response and its Impact of Ethanol Yield and Fermentation Throughput
  • Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Interactions of Advanced FAN Nutrition, Proteases, and Yeast
  • Scott Kohl, VP Technology & Process Improvement, White Energy
    Enhanced Fermentation Technology
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Bringing the RIN Market into Clearer Focus While Deploying Strategies to Maximize their Financial Impact
Read Panel Description
  • Ashley Player, Manager, Weaver and Tidwell LLP
    QAP for D6 RINs
  • Lily Wachter, Financial Planning Analyst, Edeniq Inc.
    Diversify into D3 RINs to Hedge Commodity Risk
  • Jordan Godwin, Biofuels Analyst, Platts
    Counting RINs: The Shortfall Ahead
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
How to Meet This September’s Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance Deadline with Ease
Read Panel Description
  • Chris Bliley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
    FSMA and an Industry Plan for Compliance
  • David Glass, President, D. Glass Associates Inc.
    A Proposal to Simplify Regulatory Approvals for Use of Genetically Modified Yeast in Distillers Coproducts
  • Gary DeLong, Vice President, Degart Global
    Implementation of Risk Based Assessment for FSMA for Ethanol Plants
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development
Growing Beyond the RFS: Creating New Demand for Ethanol by Meeting Health, Fuel Economy, GHG, and Performance Standards
Read Panel Description

Moderator: Doug Durante, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Development Coalition
  • Reid Detchon, Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition
  • David Strickland, Former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Jim Seurer, CEO, Glacial Lakes Energy
  • Auto Speaker TBA
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations
Considerations for Bacterial Control in an Era of Increased Regulation and Tightening Margins
Read Panel Description

Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Jenny Forbes, Product Manager, Yeast and Antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Responsible Antimicrobial Dosing: Introducing Innovative Technology
  • Scott Lewis, Biorefining R&D Scientist, Solenis LLC
    Advanced Fermentation Aids Prove to be an Effective and Economical Alternative to Antibiotics
  • Eric Sumner, Technical Business Development Manager, Anitox
    Thermostability of Bacteria Control Products and Front-End Application in Ethanol Plants
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
It’s the Margin that Matters: Positioning Your Plant for the Best Possible Financial Results
Read Panel Description
  • Chip Whalen, VP Education & Research, CIH
    Improving Ethanol Margins through Strategic Position Management
  • Robert Sauer, Financial Management, CFO System LLC
    Competing Small in Ethanol: Applying Porter's Five Forces to Develop Strategies to Exploit the Advantages of Independent Ethanol Producers
  • Mark Fisler, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors
    Ethanol Evolution: The Data and Deals Driving the Future
  • John Christianson, Principal Partner, Christianson & Associates LLP
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Equipment and Approaches for Employees Working in Ethanol Plants, Around Rail Cars and Managing Accidental Releases
Read Panel Description
  • Brian Foy, Business Development Manager/Engineer/
    Applications Research, Dupont Protection Technologies
    Flammable Liquid, Arc Blast and Combustible Dust: Oh My!
  • Jeff Powell, Staff Scientist/GIS Lead, Pinnacle Engineering Inc.
    Bioremediation of Denatured Ethanol Releases: The Remediation Toolkit Expanded
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Improving Crush Margins by Increasing the Value of Individual Components within Your Plant's Distiller’s Grains Streams
Read Panel Description
  • Peter Williams, Managing Director, AG-BIO
    Feeding Values of a Proven Alternative Protein Feed: Ingredients from the Ethanol Production Process
  • Jeremy Javers, Principal Research Scientist, ICM Inc., Generation 1.0 Differentiated Coproducts
  • Joe Jump, Staff Scientist, Novozymes
    Improving the Nutritional Value of DDGS using Novel Enzymes in the 1st Generation Process
  • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Fractionation: Making Money in the New Ethanol Economy
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Top of the page


7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations
A Close Look at the Bottom Line Implications of Deploying Best-in-Class Ethanol Plant Cleaning Practices
Read Panel Description

Moderator:Steve Rust, Director of Industry Relations, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Joseph Borst, Senior Technical Service Representative – Care Chemicals, BASF Enzymes LLC
    Achieving More with Less: An Innovative CIP Solution Enabling Greater Ethanol Plant Efficiencies
  • Eric Schmidt, Principal Chemist, Ecolab Inc.
    Advanced Evaporator Cleaning Method for Improved Efficiency
  • Paul Shepperd, Scientist, Solenis LLC
    Bore-Scoping: A Novel Tool for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Scale Control Programs
  • Lance Renfrow, President, Clear Solutions USA LLC
    CIP Chemistry for the Ethanol Industry
Track 1: Production and Operations
A Data Driven Lab: The Undeniable Benefit of Building a Culture of Information-based Decision Making at Your Plant
Read Panel Description
  • Laurie Duval, Senior Manager, Technical Service, Bioenergy, Novozymes (Canada)
    Unlocking the Potential of Your Plant Data for Profitability
  • Anne Chronic, Fermentation Specialist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Unlocking the B.E.S.T. at Your Plant
  • Kristi Plack, Director of Technical Operations, Bion Analytical
    Defensible Laboratory Data 201
  • Ben Sunderhaus, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Successful Troubleshooting in a Fuel Ethanol Production Facility
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Using Well-Considered and Strategic Capital Planning to Manage Risk, Project Financial Performance and Maintain Company Liquidity
Read Panel Description
  • Sherry Jean Larson, Manager, Christianson & Associates, PLLP
    What Matters to the CFO?
  • Kirk Martin, President, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    Ethanol Companies Evolve from Annual Budgeting to Multi-Year Capital Planning
  • Ryan Heuer, Business Development, Arisdyne Systems
    Strategic Management: Ethanol Managers and Today's Decisions
  • Ed Garibian, CEO, eRPortal Software Inc.
    Ethanol Plant Asset Management, OEE and Capital Planning
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development
An Update on Critical Fuel Quality, Regulatory and ASTM Specification Developments and How They Impact Market Access for Ethanol Producers
Read Panel Description
  • Chuck Corr, Manager, Biofuels Technical Service, ADM
  • Shon Van Hulzen, Director of Quality Control, POET
  • Jacki Fee, Technical Director - Biofuels, Cargill
10:00 am - 10:30 amRefreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - NoonConcurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations
Proactive Measures for Producers Confronting Aging Facilities with Vital Components Nearing the End of their Service Lives
Read Panel Description
  • Paula Emberland, Account Manager, ERI Solution Inc.
    Understanding How Mechanical Integrity can Reduce Costs and Improve Safety at Your Plant
  • Shawn Zablocki, Industrial Program Leader, Olsson Associates
    Mechanical Integrity Testing of Tanks, Vessels and Piping Systems
  • Paul Cook, Vice President, Painters USA Inc.
    Protecting Your Infrastructure, the Capital Investment in Your Facility, and Compliance in the Ethanol Industry
  • Mitch Manstedt, Strategic Business Leader, U.S. Water
    Plant Reliability: Outdated Controls and Equipment in Aging Ethanol Facilities
Track 1: Production and Operations
Ensuring Your Plant’s Water Program Keeps Pace in an Environment of Increased Risks and Regulatory Requirements
Read Panel Description
  • James Michels, Senior Staff Scientist, Nalco, an Ecolab Company
    Boiler Water Recycle and Its Impact on DDG Feed Safety
  • Mike Mowbray, Director, Product Management, U.S. Water
    Phosphorus Discharge Restrictions and Their Impact on Ethanol Plant Cooling
  • Randy McDaniel, Area Manager, Weas Engineering Inc.
    Preventing Legionella from Adversely Impacting Your Ethanol Plant
  • Jared Galligan, Application Engineer, U.S. Water Services Inc.
    Industry Update: Water Re-Use and Reduction
  • Stephan Blum, Chief Technical Officer, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    Increasing Capacity with Existing Steam Supply
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Didn’t See that Coming: Best Practices for Being Ready for Unforeseen Weather Events, Inspections, Legal Events and other Uncommon Occurrences
Read Panel Description

Moderator: Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
  • Francis Lyons, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
    USEPA Enforcement: Protecting Yourself and Your Company
  • Donna Funk, Prinicipal, KCoe Isom LLP
    How to Keep Your House of Cards Standing
  • Brian O'Hearne, President & CEO, eWeatherRisk Inc.
    How to Manage Weather Volatility
  • Phil Cleary, Technical Research Consultant, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Ethanol and the Oil Spill Tax
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development
Risk and Reward: Understanding Ethanol’s Place in the Global Marketplace and How It Impacts Your Operation
Read Panel Description
  • Silvio Marcacci, Consultant, Stratacomm
    Expanding Ethanol Infrastructure, Output, and Markets: The Brazilian Experience
  • Sophie Byron, Managing Editor, Americas Agriculture, Platts
    Understanding Ethanol Prices and Market Trends
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
Building a Fermentation Strategy for Your Plant’s Unique Operating Conditions, Desired Outcomes and Financial Goals
Read Panel Description
  • Jenny Forbes, Product Manager, Yeast and Antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Narrow Margins: Running Lean without Sacrificing Yield
  • Nicholas Giffen, Scientist- Data Analysis, Novozymes North America
    Optimizing Fermentation with Enzyme Activity across a Wide Range of Process Conditions
  • Kyle Kastead, Senior Applications Associate, Grain Processing, DuPont Industrial Biosciences,
    Making Your Yeast Work Better for You: Optimal Environments for Any Process
  • Jack Swanson, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Yield, Efficiency and Profitability Continued
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Using Plant Data to Gain Line of Sight on Your Operational Efficiency and Where You Stand in an Increasingly Competitive Marketplace
Read Panel Description
  • Connie Lindstrom, Benchmarking Consultant, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Big Value, Small Footprint: Trends in Ethanol Production Efficiencies
  • Donna Funk, Principal, KCoe Isom LLP
    Making Metrics Work for Your Business
  • Carson Merkwan, Business Development, Direct Automation LLC
    Combining Your Data
  • Mark Warren, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Analysis on the Similarities and Differences between the Top Bottom Performing Quartile Plants
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Production Approaches that Enable Producers to Capture Maximum Value from Inbound Corn
Read Panel Description
  • Jennifer Aurandt, Technology Development Program Manager, Valicor, Inc.
    Corn Oil Extraction Optimization for Disc Stack Centrifuges
  • Min Wang, Applications Manager, Croda Inc.
    Oil Yield Optimization with Surfactant Extraction Aids Based on Their HLB Values
  • Adam Anderson, Product Manager, ICM Inc.
    Low Fiber Ferms: Lessons Learned, Benefits, and Opportunities Ahead
  • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Fractionation: Making Money in the New Ethanol Economy
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development
Our Next Step: The Critical Importance of Maintaining Hard Earned Momentum in Building a Market for E15 and Mid-Level Blends
Read Panel Description
  • Mike O'Brien, VP of Market Development, Growth Energy
    Growing the Market: 10 Billion Gallons of Potential
  • Brad Brunner, Ethanol Marketing Manager, Glacial Lakes Energy LLC – Watertown
    Why E30 Works in Non-FFVs
  • Jim Pirolli, Vice President Fuels, Kum & Go
  • Ray Defenbaugh, Prime the Pump & CEO/President & Chairman, Big River Resources
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations
Unit Process Innovations that Help Ethanol Producers Decrease Carbon Intensity While Simultaneously Increasing Plant Efficiency and Profitability
Read Panel Description
  • Jim Fraser, Industry Sales Manager, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
    Slurry Tank Heating System: Increase Ethanol Yield While Reducing Enzymes and Steam
  • Hideto Hidaka, Manager, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    New Zeolite Membrane Technology for Ethanol Plants
  • Mark Binns, Technical Business Director, Hengye Inc.
    Molecular Sieve: Theory, Properties and Optimization
  • Jeff Tocio, National Sales Manager, Pentair
    VOC Pre-Scrubbers for Ethanol Plants
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
How to Build your Very Own Dream Team and Grow it into Your Operation’s Most Valuable Asset
Read Panel Description

Moderator: Renee Loesche, Director-BIB Curriculum & Training, Southeastern Illinois College-BioFuels Technology
  • Ron Faciane, Director, GP Strategies
    Bridging the Skilled Workforce Gaps to Improve Operations and Reduce Total Cost of Ownership
  • Justin Mentele, Senior, Manufacturing & Biofuels Group, KCoe Isom LLP
    Build Your Team to have Staying Power
  • Gary Weihs, Managing Partner, Kincannon & Reed
    Identifying and Attracting Top Talent
  • Erica Montefusco, Director EHSS, Green Plains Inc.
    Creating Your Own Pipeline of Talent
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Investigating the Ongoing Efforts to Develop Anaerobic Digestion Technologies that Add Real Revenue to Ethanol Plant Balance Sheets
Read Panel Description
  • Jennifer Aurandt, Technology Development Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    Transformative Applications of Selective Anaerobic Digestion
  • Lars Holm, CEO & Managing Director, Renew Energy A/S
    Biogas: Biorefinery’s Pathway a Reduced Carbon Footprint and Nutrient Recovery
  • Parisa Fallahi, Research Associate, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Value Addition of Residual Solids from Sweet Potato Syrup Processing
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development
How an Active Carbon Reduction Program Can Deliver Real Marketplace Advantage for Savvy Producers
Read Panel Description
  • Jessica Buckley, Senior Environmental Scientist, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Market Advantages for Efficient, Low-Carbon Fuel Production
  • Bernie Hoffman, Biofuels and Energy Consultant, K-Coe Isom
    The Impact of Carbon Intensity on Ethanol
  • Norm Cox, Director, Account Management, U.S. Energy Services Inc.
    Protect your Margin: Manage Power Costs and Minimize Carbon Intensity
  • Jamie Rhodes, President, Trestle Energy
    Agricultural Residue Coproducts: The Key to Unlocking LCFS Markets
6:00 pm - 9:00 pmNetworking Event
Harley Davidson Museum (Learn More)
5:00 pmSessions Conclude
Top of the page


8:00 am - 3:30 pm FEW Industry Tours
United Ethanol (Learn More | Register)
Top of the page

Platinum Level Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Supporting Organizations

Media Partner

Produced By