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22nd Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC)

2016 NEC Rewind!

Ethanol Industry Demonstrates Value of Octane, Choice for Consumers

The Renewable Fuels Association held its 21st annual National Ethanol Conference February 15-17 in New Orleans. The conference — a must-attend event for those in the industry — brought together producers, distributors, and industry experts for the best networking opportunity of the year. The theme “Fueling a High Octane Future” tied together numerous panel discussions and insightful speeches from leading voices across the United States and around the world about the beneficial use of ethanol.

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Registration >>>

4:00 P - 7:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Registration >>>

7:00 A - 7:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Fluid Quip Process Technologies

Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Fluid Quip Process Technologies >>>

Jack Nicklaus created eighteen unique, championship holes surrounded by an expansive waterway. At English Turn Golf & Country Club each hole is different.   There was no architectural cookie cutter here, and no holes designed merely to divide residential areas. Each English Turn hole challenges you with its own personality.

7:00A - 3:00P

One Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 70131

About Fluid Quip Process Technologies

Fluid Quip Process Technologies was founded in 2012, has provided separation and grind equipment for the corn wet milling and pulp and paper industries for over 25 years. FQPT leverages years of corn wet milling experience to provide value-added technologies to the dry-grind corn ethanol industry.

Networking Day Tour, WWII Museum, Emeril’s and City Tour >>>

Tour the National WWII Museum, featuring moving personal stories, powerful interactive exhibits, 4-D cinematic experience and iconic artifacts.  Enjoy lunch at Emeril Lagasse’s famed flagship restaurant, housed in a renovated pharmacy warehouse. The day ends with a driving tour of New Orleans landmarks that highlight the rich history and culture of the city.  

8:30A - 3:30 P

945 Magazine Street New Orleans LA 70130

RFA PAC Auction (RFA Members Only) >>>

5:00P – 6:00P


Fagen, Inc

Welcome Reception, sponsored by Fagen, Inc. >>>

6:00 P - 7:30 P

Storyville Hall, Hyatt Regency New Orleans

About Fagen, Inc

Fagen is the largest, most respected green energy design-builder in the United States. Ron Fagen, the Chairman of the Board, has been involved in industrial construction since 1974.

Registration >>>

6:30 A - 6:00 P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Continental Breakfast, sponsored by CoBank/FCSA >>>

7:00 A - 8:00 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall


Randall Doyal

Welcome Remarks >>>


Celestin Ballroom

About Randall Doyal

Mr. Doyal is the CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel and the Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Bob Dinneen

State of the Industry Address >>>

RFA President’s annual remarks on the condition of the U.S. ethanol industry and outlining the association’s priorities and agenda for the coming year.

08:10A - 08:45A

Celestin Ballroom

About Bob Dinneen

Bob Dinneen is President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

John Hofmeister

Keynote Address: John Hofmeister >>>


Celestin Ballroom

About John Hofmeister

Mr. Hofmeister is the former president of the Shell Oil Company, and authored the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.

Full Agenda

High Octane Means High Performance >>>

Moderator: Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association; Brian West, Deputy Director;  Fuels, Engines, Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Tom Leone, Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company; and Dave Hirshfeld, President, MathPro, Inc.

9:15A – 10:30A

Celestin Ballroom

About Full Agenda

An informative discussion about ethanol’s benefits as a high octane fuel source for today’s vehicles, as well as future advanced engine technologies.


Morning Refreshment Break, sponsored by CHS >>>

10:30 A - 11:00 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall

About CHS

CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.

A Conversation About the Future of U.S. Biofuels Policy >>>

Moderator: Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association; Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, U.S. EPA (invited); Jan Koninckx, Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels, DuPont Industrial Biosciences; John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute; and Alicia Lindauer, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 A - 12:15 P

Celestin Ballroom


Speakers will discuss how evolving fuel policies, such as the RFS, Low Carbon Fuel Standards and possible new octane standards, present both challenges and opportunities to industry in making sound business decisions.

Tom Kloza

Energy Markets Outlook, Tom Kloza, Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) >>>

Leading analyst will discuss the outlook for the ethanol, oil, and natural gas markets.


Celestin Ballroom

About Tom Kloza

Tom Kloza is Global Head of Energy Analysis for OPIS.

Mike Murphy & Paul Begala

Luncheon: 2016 Election Overview with Political Experts Mike Murphy & Paul Begala >>>

Political experts Mike Murphy and Paul Begala will entertain with a point-counterpoint discussion on the 2016 election.  

12:30P - 1:45 P

Empire Ballroom

About Mike Murphy & Paul Begala

Mike Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants and is a Political Analyst for NBC News and Contributing Editor to TIME. Paul Begala is part of the political team at CNN. After helping engineer Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, Begala served as counselor to the President, one of Clinton's closest aides. In the 2012 campaign he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super PAC, making Begala one of the few people to play a critical role in electing two different presidents.

Marketing Ethanol: The Psychology of Choice>>>

Matthew Willcox, Executive Director, Institute of Decision Making at FCB

2:00P – 2:45P

Celestin Ballroom


Creating a better, cheaper, even more environmentally friendly product does not guarantee that your product becomes a natural choice. Willcox, an expert on how people make choices, will reveal some of the non-conscious factors that drive people to choose with their gut rather than their brain.

Why Some Marketers Choose to Sell E15 and Flex-Fuels, and Others Don’t >>>

Moderator: Robert White, Vice President of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association; Todd Garner, CEO, Protec Fuel Management LLC; and Michael Lorenz, EPV Petroleum Supply, Sheetz


Celestin Ballroom


Hear first-hand on the regulatory and marketplace environment presented by higher ethanol blends.

Tom Vilsack

Featured Speaker: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack


Celestin Ballroom

About Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture.

Ocean Park Advisors

Afternoon Refreshment Break, sponsored by Ocean Park Advisors >>>

3:50 P - 4:15 P

Enogen Solutions Quarter (Storyville Hall)

About Ocean Park Advisors

Opportunities for Ethanol Export in Key Target Markets >>>

Moderator: Ed Hubbard, General Counsel, Renewable Fuels Association; Ricardo Dornelles, Director of Renewable Fuels Department, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil; Stephan Wittig Zepeda, Director, Grupo Báltico; and Amit Sachdev, Consultant in South Asia, U.S. Grains Council

4:15P – 5:15P

Celestin Ballroom


Experts from the target markets of the International Buyer Program will provide detailed information on export opportunities for the U.S. ethanol industry and the policy environment in these markets.

Networking Reception >>>

We’ll gather for an authentic Second Line Parade from the hotel to the reception venue.

5:30 P - 7:00 P


Registration Open >>>

6:30A – 12:00P

Celestin Foyer, Hyatt Regency New Orleans


EIA Rolls Out Ethanol by Rail Data >>>

Moderator: Kelly Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association; Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration and Jay Olberding, PLG Consulting


Imperial 5A


The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will release over five years of monthly data on ethanol-by-rail movements. Analysts will be able to see how and where U.S. ethanol is moved and where congestion has occurred. Speakers will explain how the data series was developed and how it will be integrated within the Petroleum Supply Monthly.

Chippewa Valley Ethanol, Co.

Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by CVEC >>>

7:00A – 8:00A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall

About Chippewa Valley Ethanol, Co.

Ethanol Evolution: The Data and Deals Driving the Future >>>

Moderator: Mike Jerke, CEO, Guardian Energy; Mark Fisler, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors; and John Christianson, Primary Partner, Christianson & Associates, PLLP


Celestin Ballroom


Presenting insights into strategies for succeeding amid volatile margins. Market cycles are a reality for participants in the ethanol industry and today’s margins have ebbed in an era of low oil prices and high ethanol inventories. This session will review the historical trends in financial benchmarks and diversification, the current and past merger and acquisition landscape and potential strategies to improve business value in light of these cycles.

High Octane Fuels: Economic & Environmental Benefits >>>

Moderator: Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association; Jordan Godwin, Biofuels Analyst, Platts; Robert McCormick, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Vincent Kwasniewski, President, Confluence Consulting LLC

8:45A – 10:00A

Celestin Ballroom


Experts will present a macro picture of the economic and environmental advantages of ethanol as a high octane fuel both domestically and abroad.

Faegre Baker Daniels

Refreshment Break, sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels >>>

10:00 A - 10:30 A

Enogen Solutions Quarter, Storyville Hall

About Faegre Baker Daniels

Kenneth Hyatt

U.S. Department of Commerce: A Partner for Ethanol Export Promotion >>>

Kenneth Hyatt, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce


Celestin Ballroom

Global Marketing and Logistics Trends, Opportunities and Challenges >>>

Moderator: Ed Hubbard, General Counsel, Renewable Fuels Association; Max Thomasson, Director – Global Trading, CHS Inc.; Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist, U.S. Grains Council; Alexandre Zebulun Ades, International Director, Eco-Energy and Scott Richman, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics.

11:00A – 12:00P

Celestin Ballroom


Leading exporters will discuss their outlook for the global consumption of ethanol.

Closing Remarks >>>

Bob Dinneen


Celestin Ballroom


Mr. Dinneen is the President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.

International Matchmaking and Networking >>>

U.S. exporters that have registered for matchmaking under the International Buyer Program will be provided space to hold one-on-one meetings with potential buyers and partners from Brazil, India, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. Registration deadline is December 31.

12:00 P - 5:00 P