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7:00 am - 3:00 pm Annual FEW Golf Outing
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8:30 am - 4:45 pm Pre-Conference (Learn More & Register)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session

Industry Awards
Keynote Address
General Session Panel
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 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

How to Get the Most out of the Lab Equipment that is Guiding Your Plant’s Operational Decisions
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Moderator: Wayne Mattsfield, Staff Scientist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Mike Smith, Scientist, Novozymes
    Getting the Most Out of Your HPLC
  • Jim Mott, Field Technical Support Supervisor, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
    Exploring HPLC Parameters for Improved Analysis
  • Caleb Ogden, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Value of Preventative Maintenance, Calibration, Validation, and Verification of Laboratory and Plant Equipment
  • Nathan Anderson, Senior Scientist, Novozymes North America
    Simplified, In-plant Measurement of Total Carbohydrates: Greater Insight into Plant Operations
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Training Strategies that Ask and Receive More from Ethanol Plant Employees
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  • Wade Rummel, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Maintaining Consistent Operations by Use of Proper Training and Procedures
  • Ron Faciane, Director, GP Strategies Corporation
    Developing Skills that Improve Process Efficiency and Reliability in Ethanol and Biofuels Facilities
  • Justin Mentele, Manager, K-Coe Isom
    Empowering Employees through Financial Information
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Each to Their Own: The Argument for Isolating Individual Components of a Corn Kernel to Increase Ethanol and Coproduct Yield
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  • Michael Regier, Vice President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Corn Dry Fractionation: Impact on Mycotoxin Concentration
  • Jeremy Javers, Principal Research Scientist, ICM Inc.
    Separation of Thin Stillage and Benefits to the Corn Dry Grind Industry
  • George Bolton, Founder & Member, Harvesting Technology LLC
    Harvesting Technology’s CoProMax™ Ethanol Coproducts Recovery Process
  • Jesse Spooner, Process Engineer, ICM Inc.
    Continuous Improvements of Today’s Value Adding Technologies
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Home Cooking: Why the Fuel Market in Your Own Backyard Deserves Your Attention and Effort
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  • Robert White, Vice President, Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association
  • John DiMartini, E85 Marketing Manager, The Andersons
  • Additional Speakers TBA
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

The Future is Fiber I: The Argument for Converting Material Our Plants Already Handle into the Cellulosic Gallons the RFS is Calling For
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  • Michael Franko, Vice President, Business Development, Fluid Quip Process Technologies, LLC
    Fiber Separation: Pre vs Post Fermentation
  • Jim Ramm, Managing Partner, EcoEngineers
    D3 Kernel Fiber Ethanol Expansion
  • Marina Chow, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Kernel Fiber
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Harnessing the Industry’s Best Science on Yeast Health and the Factors that Impact It to Maximize Yield
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  • Jenny Forbes, Product Manager, Yeast & Antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Yeast Required Nutrients and the Associated Impact of Backset
  • Dale Earls, Staff Scientist, Technical Service, Novozymes North America
    Yield Maximization: Propagation and Fermentation Optimization
  • Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Anaerobic Digestor Process Upsets: Consequences for Yeast Health, Vitality, Bacterial Contamination, and Final Ethanol Yield at Fuel Ethanol Plants
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Spending Money to Make Money: Gauging the Payback on New Technologies
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  • Steve Willins, Director, Electric Services, Kinect Energy Group
    CHP Project Design – Don’t Overlook the Details
  • Justin Mentele, Manager, K-Coe Isom
    Modeling for Success: A New Way to Evaluate Capital Expenditures
  • Adam Anderson, Technical Sales Manager, ICM Inc.
    Production Facility Expansions: Traditional Modular or Technology Approaches to Improved Cash Flow
  • Ron Pagel, Business Development Manager, Power Engineers
    Building a Dynamic Capital Project Team
Track 1: Production and Operations

Utilizing Strategic Data Capture and Analysis to Improve Production Predictability, Optimize Yield and Grow Plant Profits
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  • Rachel Burton, Manager, Technical Service, Biofuel, Novozymes
    Unlocking the Power of Data
  • Ben Fuchs, Global Applications Leader, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Harvesting the Potential of Data in the Bio-Ethanol Industry
  • Zac Bauer, Field Sales Engineer/Measurement, Emerson Process Management
    Data-Driven Decisions for Improved Plant Operations
  • Brett Baker, Project Engineer, ICM Inc.
    Distributed Control System Modernization: Understanding the Issues, and What the Options are
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Game Changers: Disrupting the Establishment as a Means to Move Higher Blends of Ethanol
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Moderator: Trevor Hinz, Industry Relations – Urban Air Initiative and ICM Inc.
  • Tammy Klein, Principal, Future Fuel Strategies
  • Adam Gustafson, Attorney, Boydan Gray & Associates
  • Alec Hohnadell, Ethanol Advocate & Formula Drift Circuit Racer
  • Reg Modlin, Former Director of Regulatory Affairs, Chrysler
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

The Future is Fiber II: Why Corn Fiber is the Best Platform Upon Which to Build the Industry’s Next Great Era
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  • Marina Chow, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Free Up Fiber-Bound Starch with Non-Starch Polysaccharide Hydrolyzing Enzymes
  • Mark Yancey, VP Project Development, D3MAX LLC
    D3MAX: Bolt-On Cellulosic Technology for Dry Mill Ethanol Plants
  • Kurt Creamer, Bioenergy Technology Liaison, Novozymes North America
    The Future is Fiber: A Fresh Look at the Saccharification of Corn Fiber
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Ethanol’s Better Mousetrap: Developing New Yeast Strains as a Means to Increase Plant Yields
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  • Pauline Teunissen, Staff Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Increasing Ethanol Yield using Yeast Engineering
  • Matt Richards, Director, Application Technology, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Pushing the Limits on Yield: Advanced Yeast Providing Further Efficiencies in Fuel Ethanol Production
  • Kerry Hollands, Research Investigator, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    The Power and Breadth of Yeast Modification
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

How Successful Ethanol Plant Boards Predict, and Adjust for, the Future
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  • Brittany Ferguson, Senior Associate, K-Coe Isom
    The Ethanol Business Model of the Future
  • Scott McDermott, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    25-Year Review of Board and Management Leadership Best Practices
  • Connie Lindstrom, Benchmarking Consultant, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Labor: Costs and Challenges for Today’s Plants
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

The Continuing Innovation in Corn Oil Extraction and Conversion and How to Make the Most of It at Your Plant
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  • Min Wang, Applications Manager, Croda Inc.
    Development and Evaluation of Next Generation Extraction Aid
  • Jennifer Aurandt, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    How is Your Distillers Corn Oil Pound per Bushel Yield Achieved?
  • Virginia Klausmeier, CEO & Founder, Sylvatex Inc.
    Sylvatex: Expanding the Value of Ethanol
Track 1: Production and Operations

How to Move Your Operation Toward a Proactive Approach to Asset Management and Plant Maintenance
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  • Erica Montefusco, Director: Environmental, Health, Safety, Security, Green Plains Inc.
    Understanding Your NDT and Your Assets’ End of Life
  • Dave Schneider, Account Manager, Novaspect
    Condition Based Maintenance: Made Easy
  • Bob Garstki, Senior Application Engineer, Lechler, Inc.
    Improving Efficiency in Ethanol Production by Selecting the Optimum Tank Cleaning Equipment
  • Jay Beckel, Vice President, Safety & Health, ERI Solutions, Inc.
    Asset Integrity Management
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

The Compelling Argument for Carbon Reduction or Capture Strategies at Ethanol or Biodiesel Plants
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  • Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
    CO2 as a Source of Revenue: State and Federal Policies to Reward Carbon Capture and Storage from Ethanol Plants
  • Sai Gollakota, Project Manager, Department of Energy
    Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Emerging Economic Opportunity for Fuel Ethanol Plants in the U.S.
  • Daniel Sanchez, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
    Cost-Effective Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage from Biorefineries in the United States
  • Matt Herman, Coordinator, Environmental Compliance & Services, Renewable Energy Group
    Carbon Intensity Reduction Opportunities in Biomass-Based Diesel Production
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

The Liquefaction Waypoint: Analytical and Process Options Available to Producers Hoping to Avoid Common Yield Limiters during this Critical Production Step
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  • Loren Chen, President, East Tide Science & Technology
    The Effects of Jet-Cooking on the Enzymatic Degradation of Starch
  • Martijn Scheffers, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    More Effective Nitrogen Usage of a Simultaneous Saccharification Biofuel Fermentation System by Applying a Thermostable Serine Protease to the Liquefaction
  • Matt Hawkins, Application & Field Scientist, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Fusel Oils in Corn to Fuel Ethanol Production
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Preparing for New and Indefinite Policy, Regulatory and Tax Code Modifications
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  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    How Changes at the White House May Affect Your Plant
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K-Coe Isom
    Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for the Ethanol Industry
  • Monty McCoy, Director of Technology, Process Technologies, U.S. Water
    Implications of Recent Regulatory Changes and Technological Advances to Fuel Ethanol Quality
  • Ernie Pollitzer, President, Clean Energy Consultants
    New EPA Regulations on RFS Program
Track 1: Production and Operations

How Data can be Used by Ethanol Producers to Increase Yield, Optimize Required Maintenance, Manage Regulatory Burdens and Identify Top Operators
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  • Andrea Foglesong, Project Manager, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    By Complying with FSMA You Just Violated Your Air Permit: Cross Referencing Your Regulatory Obligations
  • Ed Thomas, Plant Manager, Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC
    Advanced Process Control Optimization Strategies for Grain Ethanol Producers
  • Hank Brittain, Director, Optimization & Advanced Control, OPX Control
    Control Strategies to Improve Production in Ethanol Plants: From Single Loop to Advanced Control
  • Anne Chronic, Fermentation Specialist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Finding Your Rockstar Operator II
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

The Impact of Foreign Markets on U.S. Ethanol Production and the Efforts to Find and Grow New Ones
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  • Jim Miller, Chief Economist, Growth Energy
  • Brian Healy, Manager, Ethanol Export Market Development, U.S. Grains Council
  • Sophie Byron, Managing Editor, Americas Agriculture Pricing, Platts
    U.S. Ethanol Exports: 2017 and Beyond
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

Examining the Advanced Biofuels Market Through the Lens of RIN Production and RIN Markets
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  • Larry Schafer, Principal, Playmaker Strategies LLC
    Inside the Advanced Biofuels Programs (D4 and D5) RIN Numbers
  • Ashley Player, Senior Manager, Weaver and Tidwell L.L.P.
    Generating Advanced RINs at a Corn Ethanol Plant
  • Lily Wachter, Chief Financial Officer, Edeniq Inc.
    Generating D3 RINs has a High Return on Investment (ROI)
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Cost Effective Strategies Available to Reduce the Risk of Bacterial Contamination at Your Plant
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  • Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Elevated H2S Production at Fuel Ethanol Plants: Addressing All Sources of Production in Addition to Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB)
  • Allen Ziegler, CEO, Archangel LLC
    A New Gram Negative/Positive Antimicrobial that also Reduces Glycerol in Biofuel and Beverage Fermentations
  • Tera Stoughtenger, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Poor Plant Hygiene - Things to Monitor and Control for More Consistent and Reliable Fermentation
  • Stacey Campbell, Ethanol Technical Services Manager, BetaTec Hop Products
    Naturally Derived Antimicrobials for Ethanol Production
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Protecting Ethanol Plants from Incidents Before and After They Occur
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  • Nathan Vander Griend, President, ERI Solutions, Inc.
    Incident Trends in Ethanol Production: 10-Year Review
  • Erica Montefusco, Director: Environmental, Health, Safety, Security, Green Plains Inc.
    Managing Your Relationship with Your Property Insurer
  • Henry Persson, Project Leader, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden-Safety/Fire Research
    Ethanol is Not Gasoline: What You Should Know in Case of a Tank Fire!
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Beyond Distillers: A Look at the Innovative Ways Ethanol's Number One Coproduct is Being Reimagined to Deliver More Overall Value
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  • Larry Feinberg, CEO, KnipBio
    Value-Added Ingredients for Sustainable Aquaculture Utilizing Ethanol as a Feedstock
  • Jasper Teboh, Research Assistant Professor, Soil Science, Carrington Research Extension Center, North Dakota State University
    Ethanol Coproducts: CDS and WDG Show Prospects as Alternative Phosphorus Fertilizer Sources for Corn and Wheat
  • Peter Williams, Professor, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    High Protein Feed Supplements from the Fuel Ethanol Grain Process
  • Bryan Tracy, CEO & Cofounder, White Dog Labs
    Low Cost Conversion of Condensed Distillers Solubles into High Value Single Cell Protein
Track 1: Production and Operations

Engineering and Technological Approaches Available to Plant Teams Looking to Debottleneck Their Facility and Make the Most of the Production Asset They Already Have
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  • John Kwik, President, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Effective Plant Constraint Evaluation Process
  • George Baskin, Principal, Project Development, Burns & McDonnell
    Getting More: Debottlenecking Starch-based Ethanol Plants
  • Trond Heggenhougen, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    More Gallons and Improved Steam Consumption with Existing Infrastructure
  • Mayumi Kiyono, Business Development Manager, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America Inc.
    Dehydration Process of Bioethanol Manufacturing with a State-of-Art Membrane Technology called ZEBREX
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

Innovations in Biodiesel Processing, Quality Testing & Products
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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Richard Heiden, Principal Investigator, R.W. Heiden Associates LLC
    New Twists in Measurement and Fate of Residual Glycerides in B100 Biodiesel
  • Atul Deshmane, President, Whole Energy Fuels Corp.
    A Novel Estolide Lubricant Pathway
  • Joseph Ross, Business Development Manager, North America, Axens
    Hydroconversion of Lipids into Biojet and Renewable Diesel
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

The Startling New Science on How Biofilms Can Negatively Impact Your Plant and How to Get Them Under Control
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Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, R&D Director, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Andrew Ledlie, Marketing Manager, Solenis LLC
    A New Technology for Identifying and Controlling Biofilm Issues Which Can Limit Summer Cooling Capacity and Ethanol Production
  • Jim Lukanich, Director of Applied Technology, U.S. Water
    Managing Biofilm Control in FSMA Compliant Cooling Water Applications
  • Greg Hoffpauir, Regional Engineer/Process Specialist, GE Water & Process Technologies
    Deposit Control in Stillage Evaporators
  • Wayne Mattsfield, Staff Scientist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Understanding and Defeating Biofilms
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Expanding Your Risk Management Playlist with New and Alternative Tracks
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  • Chip Whalen, VP Education & Research, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging
    Considerations for Establishing Ethanol Margin Protection
  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Risk Management LLC
    Crush Margin Management: Managing New Policy and Commodity Market Risks in 2017
  • Jay Beckel, Vice President, Safety & Health, ERI Solutions Inc.
    Risk Management: More than Managing Commodities
  • Nicholas Franco, Director, Sustainability Services, U.S. Energy Services Inc.
    Solar as a Hedge against Rising Electric Prices
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Pathways Available to Producers Looking to Get Their Coproduct Program Out of the Commodity Trap and Into Value-Add
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  • Ryan Mass, Feed Business Manager, ICM Inc.
    The Next Generation of Feed™: An Examination of Distillers Feed Products
  • Douglas Tiffany, Research Fellow, University of Minnesota
    Economics of Producing Phytate and Inositol Coproducts at Ethanol Plants
  • Scott Kohl, VP Technology and Process Improvement, White Energy
    Probiotic Production Using Distillers Grains
  • Charles Hurburgh, Jr., Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University Iowa Grain Quality Initiative
    Accurate Near Infrared Analysis Programs for Expanding Supply Chain Quality Requests or Food Safety Requirements
Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Strategies to Ensure Domestic and Foreign Fuel Specification Requirements Don’t Limit Marketplace Access for Ethanol
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Moderator: Chuck Corr, Manager, Biofuels Technical Service, ADM
  • Shon Van Hulzen, Director of Quality Control, POET
    What Plant Quality Teams Need to Know about New D02 Fuel Specifications and Test Methods
  • Kristy Moore, Principal & Scientist, KMoore Consulting LLC
    What Every Producer Must Know about International Fuel Specifications
  • Chris Bliley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
    Navigating the Many Federal Regulations that Can Limit Producer Access to Vital Markets
National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

Imagining Your Plant’s Future in Advanced Biofuels Production and the Technologies Available Now to Get You There
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  • Mark Fashian, President, Biodiesel Analytical Solutions
    Higher Yield, Bolt-On Biodiesel Production from Inedible Distillers Corn Oil Using the Continuous, Glycerin-free Mcgyan Process
  • Neal Jakel, VP, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Technology Pathway to “Clean Sugar” for the Green Biochem Revolution
  • Jayant Godbole, President & Director, Praj Industries Limited
    Simultaneous Expansion and Product Diversification to Higher Grades of Alcohol
  • James Kacmar, Pathway Program Director, Edeniq
    Produce Cellulosic Ethanol in Existing Plants with Edeniq’s Pathway Platform
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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