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Agenda


MONDAY, JUNE 11

8:00 am shotgun start Annual FEW Golf Outing
Shadow Ridge Country Club (Learn More | Register)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Pre-Conference
Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar
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Junior Ballroom 201
8:30 am - 4:45 pm Pre-Conference
Ethanol 101
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Junior Ballroom 202
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Hall BC
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TUESDAY, JUNE 12

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Lobby
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Grand Ballroom BC
8:30 am – 8:45 am General Session
Welcome & Industry Awards
Grand Ballroom BC
  • Tom Bryan, President, BBI International
8:45 am – 9:00 am General Session
Presentation of the High Octane Award and the Award of Excellence
Grand Ballroom BC
  • Tom Bryan, President, BBI International
9:00 am – 9:30 am General Session
Keynote Presentation
Grand Ballroom BC
  • Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy
9:30 am – 11:00 am General Session
Grand Ballroom BC
General Session Panel TBA
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 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Predicting the Potential for Success from New Production Approaches by Using Well Designed Trials and Simulations
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Rachel Murdy, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    How to Implement an Effective Plant Trial
  • Tony Schindler, Application Scientist II, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Harvesting the Potential of Virtual Plant Technology in the Bioethanol Industry
  • Jenny Forbes, Product Manager of Yeast & Antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Fermentation Scale Down: Important Considerations for Lab Scale Evaluations
  • Yanhong Zhang, Director of Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Representative Sampling for Corn to Ethanol Production
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Why Uncovering and Expanding Upon Employee Job Skills is Vital for Ethanol Plant Management Teams
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Rick Cowman, President, Welding Training Solutions Inc.
    Reducing Turnover through Value-Added Training
  • Kerry Greathouse, Associate Scientist, Technical Service, Biofuel, Novozymes
    Training the Ethanol Industry Workforce
  • Kevin Tucker, Assistant Professor- Chemistry, Faculty Fellow NCERC, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Digital Badges for the Bioeconomy Workforce
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Towards a Better Line of Sight on Corn Oil Extraction Approaches and Overall Yield
Junior Ballroom 203
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Moderator: Wayne Mattsfield, Staff Scientist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Jennifer Aurandt, Director of Technical Services, Valicor Inc.
    Bringing Science to Corn Oil Extraction
  • Chris Calvey, Senior Scientist, Xylome Corporation
    Increasing Oil Production at Ethanol Plants through Bioconversion of Stillage
  • Joseph Brady, Chemist, Brady Solutions/Omaha Biofuels Coop
    Precision Corn Oil Measurement
  • Tim Clark, Vice President - Technology and Execution, Industrial Solutions, Veolia Water Technologies
    Improving Efficiencies in Evaporators/Syrup Line Flows
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Where and How Ethanol is Gaining a Foothold in Foreign Markets
Junior Ballroom 204
Read Description

  • Jim Miller, Chief Economist, Growth Energy
    Going Global: Growing the International Market for Ethanol
  • Maxwell Thomason, Marketing Manager, CHS Inc.
    Going Global: Growing the International Market for Ethanol
  • Monty McCoy, Director of Technology, Process Technologies, U.S. Water
    Understanding the Export Market
  • Josh Pedrick, Ethanol Editor, Platts
    Mexico's Developing Ethanol Market
Advanced Biofuels Conference

We Can’t Stop Now: The Critical Necessity of Robust Policy Advocacy for Advanced Biofuels
Meeting Room 205/206
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  • Donnell Rehagen, CEO, National Biodiesel Board
  • Sarah Caswell, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Edeniq
  • Graham Noyes, Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
    How California's Carbon Policies Increasingly Drive Advanced Biofuels Demand
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Strategies for Creating a Pro-Yeast Production Environment at Your Ethanol Plant
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Dennis Bayrock, R& D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Micronutrients and Yeast Nutrition: High (excess) and Low (limiting) Concentrations Inhibit Yeast Performance
  • Patrick Mandulak, Scientist, Novozymes
    Maximizing Yeast Performance by Using a Liquefaction Protease
  • Matt Hawkins, Application & Field Scientist, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Application and Value of Supplemental Nutrition for Superior Yeast Performance in Fuel Ethanol Fermentations of Corn Mash
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

A Multi-Disciplinary Look at Plant Expansions and Strategies Designed to Ensure their Ultimate Success
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Tiffany Trottman, Business Development Manager, Nelson Engineering Inc.
    Case Study: Assessing Plant Expansions and Optimization using Aspen Process Modeling
  • Ryan Brock, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Plant Expansions: Pitfalls and Missteps in Internal Industry Growth
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Plant Expansions and Environmental Permitting Risks
  • Brittany Ferguson, Senior Associate, K-Coe Isom
    The Changing Model of Evaluating Capital Expenditures and Cash Flow
Track 3: Coproducts and Production Diversification

Revenue Renaissance: How to Drive Even Greater Value into Your Plant's Coproduct Program
Junior Ballroom 203
Read Description

  • Bill McMeans, Strategic Sales, Rayeman Elements Inc.
    Dramatically Increased DDGS Value through Densification
  • Ryan Mass, Feed Business Manager, ICM Inc.
    New High Value Product Diversification
  • John Kwik, President, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    MSC Plus: 3 Feed Product Streams
  • Nick Lurty, Principal Consultant, n2 Solutions
    Novel Deployment of Modern Portfolio Theory to Achieve Sustainability for Dry-Grind Ethanol Producers
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

The Work Underway to Leverage Fuel Quality Requirements for Greater Benefit for Ethanol Producers
Junior Ballroom 204
Read Description

  • Chris Bliley, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
  • Jacki Fee, Technical Director-Biofuels, Cargill
  • Shon Van Hulzen, Director of Quality Control, POET
  • Kristy Moore, Principal, KMoore Consulting
Advanced Biofuels Conference

Tracing the Commercialization Pathway of Leading Corn Fiber to Ethanol Technologies
Meeting Room 205/206
Read Description

  • Michael Franko, Vice President, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Corn Fiber Streams for Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Miloud Araba, Head, Technical Services, Enogen, Syngenta
    Corn Kernel Fiber Conversion through Cellerate® Process Technology
  • Marina Chow, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Maximizing Yield and Plant Margin: New Enzymes for Corn Kernel Fiber Hydrolysis
  • Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer, D3MAX
    Increase Your Grind and Produce Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Kernel Fiber with D3MAX
  • Jim Kacmar, Pathway Program Director, Edeniq Inc.
    Cellulosic Ethanol: An Innovative Approach to Your Plant’s Profitability
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Exhibit Hall BC
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall BC
8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Innovations in Yeast Strains Delivering Real Operational Performance Benefits for Ethanol Producers Today
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Matthew Richards, Director, Application Technology, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Biotech Yeast: A Decade of Innovation to Assist Producers
  • Eric Sumner, New Business Development Manager, DSM
    Very Low Glycerol Producing Yeast Delivers Significant Ethanol Yield Increase and Higher Tolerance
  • Caroline Peres, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Developments in Yeasts for the Dry Grind Ethanol Industry
  • Dale Earls, Staff Scientist, Technical Service, Biofuel, Novozymes
    Novel Yeast Strains Reset Performance Expectations
Track 1: Production and Operations

Measure What Matters I: Data Capture and Analysis for More Efficient Ethanol Production
Junior Ballroom 204
Read Description

  • Jo Ordonez, Applications Project Manager, Cooling Water, Solenis LLC
    The Use of Performance Based Monitoring and Control to Optimize Water, Chemical and Energy Consumption in an Ethanol Plant’s Cooling Systems
  • Cam Fowler, Senior Director Technical Service and Marketing, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Data Drives Incremental Gains
  • Dan Yarmoluk, Director, Business Development, ATEK Technologies
    Industrial IoT to Drive Production Efficiency, Innovation, Maintenance and Productivity
  • Elizabeth Waguespack, Scientist, Technical Service, Biofuel, Novozymes
    Automated Reporting to Harness the Power of Data
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Maximum Margins: Financial Best Practices Critical to Capture and Maintain Plant Profitability
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Chip Whalen, Vice President of Education & Research, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging
    Decision Tools for Evaluating Forward Ethanol Margins
  • Justin Mentele, Senior, Manufacturing & Biofuels Group, K-Coe Isom
    Taking Advantage of Tight Margins
  • Ken Graeber, President & CEO, Encore Energy Services Inc.
    Preventing a Budget Blowout: Natural Gas Market Dynamics and Risk Management Strategies for Natural Gas Procurement
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Eyeing the Potential of Deriving Increased Plant Revenues from Protein Streams
Junior Ballroom 203
Read Description

  • Bryan Tracy, CEO & Cofounder, White Dog Labs Inc.
    Anaerobic Fermentation of Starch or Dry-Grind Coproducts into High-Value Single-Cell-Protein
  • Neal Jakel, Vice President, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Global Protein Demand Fulfilled by Ethanol
  • Russell Heissner, SVP Business Development & Operations, KnipBio
    A Proteinplus Platform Biotechnology to Meet the Needs of Aquaculture
Advanced Biofuels Conference

The Economic Argument for On-Site Biodiesel Production from Plant Corn Oil Streams
Meeting Room 205/206
Read Description

  • Mark Fashian, Director, Mcgyan Biodiesel LLC
    High Yield, Bolt-On Biodiesel Production from Distiller's Corn Oil (DCO) Using the Continuous Mcgyan® Process
  • Dean Camper, Chief Technology Officer, Saola Energy LLC
    Diversifying Ethanol Plant Products Streams by Converting Corn Oil to Renewable Diesel
  • James Bleyer, Director of Technology Development, Valicor Separation Technologies
    Micro-X: Diversifying Ethanol into the Diesel Market with D7 RINS
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Measure What Matters II: Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement upon a Foundation of Data Analysis
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Jin Lou, Sr. Technical Engineer, Honeywell Process Solutions
    Achieving Operational Excellence Using Advanced Multi-Variable Predictive Process Control
  • Derek Payne, Senior Research Associate, Novozymes
    Continuous Improvement: Measurement System Analysis
  • Yanhong Zhang, Director of Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Identification and Quantitation of Nutritional Compounds
  • Maged Sharaf, Director of Scientific Business Development, Camag Scientific Inc.
    HPTLC Separation and Quantification of Carbohydrates in Ethanol-Fermentation Monitoring Samples
Track 1: Production and Operations

The Ongoing Effort to Curtail the Impact of Bacterial Infection and Biofilms at Ethanol Plants
Junior Ballroom 204
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Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Andrew Ledlie, North America Marketing Manager, Solenis LLC
    A Novel Approach to Monitoring and Controlling Biofilms in an Ethanol Cooling System Resulting in Maximized Ethanol Production and Minimized Corrosion Failures of Piping and Heat Exchangers
  • Wayne Mattsfield, Staff Scientist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Biofilms 2: Resistance or Persistence?
  • Stephanie Gleason, Applications Scientist I, Grain Processing, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Microbial Metabolites: The Good, the Bad, and the Aromatic
  • Carlie LaTourell, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Bacterial Contamination: Causes, Control, and Cost
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

No Fermentation without Taxation: A Review of Important Tax Policy Issues for Ethanol Producers
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Bradley Pederson, Partner, Christianson PLLP
    Talking Tax Change: Need-to-Know Implications for Biofuels Producers and Investors
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K-Coe Isom
    Tax Reform One Year Later
  • Additional Speakers TBA
Track 3: Coproducts and Diversification

The Correlation Between Inbound Corn Quality, Overall Ethanol Yield and Your Plant’s Bottom Line
Junior Ballroom 203
Read Description

  • Charles Hurburgh, Jr., Professor, Iowa State University Iowa Grain Quality Initiative
    Long Term Corn Quality Patterns and Their Annual Impacts on Ethanol Yields
  • Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analyst, Christianson PLLP
    Quality Feedstock and Its Impact on Plant Revenue
  • Shon Van Hulzen, Director of Quality Control, POET
    Mycotoxins in DDGS: An Ethanol Industry Initiative to Improve the Integrity of Mycotoxin Results on DDGS
Advanced Biofuels Conference

Innovations in Biological Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
Meeting Room 205/206
Read Description

  • Miloud Araba, Head, Technical Services, Enogen, Syngenta
    Corn Farmers Produce Enzymes for the Fuel Ethanol Industry
  • Eric Sumner, New Business Development Manager, DSM
    1.5G Dynamic Duo: High Performing Enzyme and C5 Yeast
  • Hamid Rismani Yazdi, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
    Advanced Yeast and Customized Enzymes for Increased Reliability and Production
  • David Schwalje, Business Development Manager, Axens North America
    Commercialization of Second Generation Biofuels: Ethanol and Renewable Middle Distillates
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Hall BC
1:30 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Strategies for Keeping Your Plant Perfectly Aligned with Environmental Regulations
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    EPA’s Top Violations, How These Violations Relate to an Ethanol Plant, and What Your Plant Can Do to Minimize Exposure
  • Greg Thompson, Marketing, Durr Systems Inc.
    How to Improve a RTO Air Pollution Control System’s Reliability and Operational Efficiency
  • Jason Linkimer, Senior Environmental Scientist, Barr Engineering
    Environmental/Regulatory Compliance: Optimizing Your Stack Testing Experience
  • Jordan Laster, Vice President Analytical Services, Alliance Source Testing
    Effective Planning for Efficient Ethanol Stack Tests
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Employee Training as a Means to Improved Plant Culture, Performance and Staff Retention
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Kristie Haefner, Firm Administrator, Christianson PLLP
    Building an Organization of “Sticky” Employees
  • Ron Faciane, Director, GP Strategies Corporation
    How Developing Workforce Skills Impacts Process Efficiency, Reliability, and Regulatory Compliance
  • Danielle McCormick, Talent Advisor, K-Coe Isom/K-Coe People
    Tools and Techniques for Creating a High Performance Culture
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

How FSMA Preparation Should Impact Your Facility’s Operations and Maintenance Programs
Junior Ballroom 203
Read Description

  • Tony Rizzardi, Senior Regulatory Specialist, Ecolab Inc.
    FSMA Cleaning and Sanitizing Products Maintaining Compliance
  • Jessica Buckley, Senior Environmental Scientist, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Are You Ready for Some FSMA? Preparing for Inspections and Implementing Compliance Plans
  • Brian Schasel, Environmental/Technical Manager, Big River Resources LLC
    FSMA Compliance: a Producer's Perspective
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Beyond the Blend Wall: Examining the Industry's Leading Strategies to Push Toward Higher Ethanol Inclusion Rates
Junior Ballroom 204
Read Description

  • John Fuher, VP Government Affairs, Growth Energy
    Fixing RVP: A Guide to Higher Blends
  • Dean Drake, Manager, Transportation and Regulation Team, Defour Group LLC
    The Economics of Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Fuels
  • Chris Bliley, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
Advanced Biofuels Conference

An Update on the Technologies Shaping the Next Chapters in Biofuel Production
Meeting Room 205/206
Read Description

  • David McConnell, Vice President Business Development North America, Enerkem Inc.
    How Waste-to-Biofuels Technology Plays a Vital Role in the Transition toward Sustainable Mobility and the Case of Enerkem
  • Douglas Rivers, Independent Contractor/Consultant, Sunflwr Inc.
    Clean Sugars: What are They and What Do They Mean to Your Ethanol Plant?
  • David Ripplinger, Business Development, North Dakota State University
    Northern Plains Energy Beet Ethanol Update
  • Steve Hartig, Vice President Technology Development, ICM Inc.
    Innovations in Ethanol Production
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
Junior Ballroom Lobby
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

How to Drive Greater Efficiency into Your Plant’s Water Program
Junior Ballroom 201
Read Description

  • Jared Galligan, Director of Capital Projects, U.S. Water
    Industry Update: Water Re-Use and Reduction
  • Jason Van't Hul, Director of Marketing Biofuels Industry Technical Consultant, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company
    Thin Stillage Clarification
  • Shrikant Rathi, General Manager, Praj Industries Limited
    Simultaneous Expansion and Energy Reduction of Your Ethanol Plant
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Perspectives on Satisfying the Return Aspirations for Plant Investors, Shareholders and Plant Employees
Junior Ballroom 202
Read Description

  • Donna Funk, Principal, K-Coe Isom
    Distributions, Stock Redemption, Liquidity: What do Shareholders Want?
  • Scott McDermott, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    Financial Tools for Next Level Business Success in Ethanol
  • Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analyst, Christianson PLLP
    Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Value of Ethanol Biorefineries
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Positioning Your Plant to Maximize the Opportunity Created by Low-Carbon Fuel Markets
Junior Ballroom 204
Read Description

  • Jessica Buckley, Senior Environmental Scientist, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    What's New in LCFS: Looking Toward the Future of the Pacific Coast’s Low Carbon Fuel Programs
  • Kari Buttenhoff, Manager, Christianson PLLP
    Preparing for LCFS Verifications
  • Ashley Player, Senior Manager, Weaver
    Diversifying Credit Generation - D3, D4, D5, and LCFS
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Durham Museum (Learn More)
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THURSDAY, JUNE 14

8:00 am - 3:30 pm FEW Industry Tour
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (Learn More)
Bus departs from the Century Link Center
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