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2020 Preliminary Agenda


Tuesday, September 15
*Central Standard Time Zone

7:30 am - 4:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Preconference
Biofuels Environmental, Health & Safety Forum
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm Preconference
Low Carbon Fuel Production Workshop
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Wednesday, September 16
*Central Standard Time Zone

7:30 am - 8:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
8:30 am – 8:40 am General Session
Welcome

8:40 am – 9:00 am General Session
High Octane Award & Award of Excellence
  • Lisa Gibson Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
9:00 am – 9:30 am General Session
Keynote Message
  • Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy
9:30 am – 10:15 am General Session
Association Roundtable: Balancing Our Here and Now Sector Challenges with the Need to Drive Toward Long-Term Goals

Moderator: Tim Portz, Program Developer, BBI International
  • Robert White, Vice President of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol
  • Chris Bliley, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
10:15 am – 11:00 am General Session
Operating an Ethanol Production Facility in an Era of Unprecedented Disruption

Moderator: Tim Portz, Program Developer, BBI International
  • Walt Wendland, President/CEO, Ringneck Energy, LLC
  • Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC
  • Dan Sanders, Jr., Vice President, Front Range Energy
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Expo Open
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations

Reviewing the Ongoing Effort to Develop Yeast Strains that Increase Yield while Reducing Overall Operational Expenses
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  • Matthew Watts, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
    Reducing Process Variability and Increasing Yield with Robust Advanced Yeasts
  • Greg Poynter, Senior Biotechnologist, Cargill
    Development of a Yeast Biocatalyst with Yield Enhancing Traits for the Corn Ethanol Industry
  • Mickel Jansen, Senior Scientist Fermentation, DSM Advanced Yeast & Enzymes
    Realization of the Full Ethanol Production Performance with Advanced Yeasts
  • Matt Richards, Director of Application Technology, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    The Next Generation of Yeast-Expressed Enzymes to Enhance Production
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

A Framework for Producers Working to Prioritize Long-Term Production Goals and Deploy Their Capital Accordingly
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  • Neal Jakel, Vice President, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Technologies LLC
    Comparative Financial Analysis of Capex Projects
  • Jennifer Aurandt-Pilgrim, Director of Technology, Marquis Energy LLC
    Managing Innovation in the Ethanol Industry
  • Douglas Rivers, Project Director, Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc.
    Ethanol 2020: Where Should Ethanol Producers be Headed?
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Production Approaches Available to Operational Teams Looking to Liberate Inbound Protein to Capture Its Full Value
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  • Kyle Flynn, Director of Business Development, ST Equipment & Technology
    Water Free Process for Protein Enhancement of DDGS
  • Michael Franko, Vice President, Fluid Quip Technologies LLC
    Protein Separation Innovation; The Latest Advances in Protein Separation Technologies
  • Jeff Scharping, Director of Sales & Marketing, ICM Inc.
    Advanced Processing Package™ from ICM Produces 50% Yeast-Rich Protein Feed and Maximizes Efficiency
ACE Ethanol Conference
  • Welcome – ACE President Duane Kristensen, Chief Ethanol Fuels
  • Rising Up: Remarks from ACE CEO Brian Jennings
  • Keynote: USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky (INVITED)
  • Go Your Own Road: A Conversation with Higher Blends Pioneers
  • Moderator: Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President and Market Development Director, ACE
  • Randy Gard, COO, Pump & Pantry/Bosselman
  • Nathaniel Doddridge, Vice President of Fuels, Casey’s General Stores
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Our Happy Home: The Rewards of Optimizing Fermentation Conditions to Guarantee the Health and Vitality of Plant Yeast Populations
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    • Andrew Hawkins, Director of Laboratory Services, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
      Ion Landscape and Yeast Health in the North American Ethanol Industry
    • Raquel Rodriguez, Technical Service Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      A Simple Tool to Improve Fermentation Performance: Yeast Propagation Profile
    • Pedro Peña, Lab and R&D Director, CTE Global Inc.
      Strategies for Optimizing Fermentation Environment for Efficient Yeast Performance and Feedstock Utilization
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Before the Flood: Deploying Common Sense Maintenance Protocols Now to Reduce the Risk and Cost of an Unplanned Outage
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    • Anthony Stanley, Business Development Director, Grundfos Pumps Corporation
      Grundfos Machine Health (GMH) Combines Artificial Intelligence Technology with a Next-Generation Machine Health and Predictive Maintenance Solution
    • Herbert Huong, Business Development Automation & Connectivity, Service Division, Alfa Laval Inc.
      From Preventive to Predictive Maintenance
    • Dan Walter, Senior Engineering Manager, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
      On-Line Analysis of Evaporator Efficiency Allows More Effective Management of System Cleanliness Leading to Reduced Operational Cost and Minimizing Carbon Impact from Evaporator Operations
    Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

    A Comprehensive Look at Risk Management for Ethanol Producers in the Context of an Increasingly Turbulent Marketplace and Policy Environment
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    • Chip Whalen, Vice President of Education & Research, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging
      Risk Management in the Absence of Margin
    • Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analyst, Christianson PLLP
      Mapping the Road Ahead: A SWOT Analysis of the US Ethanol Industry
    ACE Ethanol Conference
  • Market Forecast: Tom Kloza, OPIS
  • Producer Perspectives Panel Discussion (Speakers TBD) Read Description
    • Duane Kristensen, General Manager and Vice President of Operations, Chief Ethanol Fuels
    • Dave Sovereign, Chairman, Golden Grain Energy, LLC
    • Neil Koehler, Co-Founder, Director, and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
  • Awards & Closing Remarks
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    Thursday, September 17

    7:30 am - 5:00 pm Expo Open
    7:30 am - 8:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
    8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Deploying Best-in-Class Analytical Methods to Optimize Fermentation, Control Infection and Increase Overall Ethanol Production
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    • Dan Biggerstaff, Technical Director, Enertech Solutions Inc.
      Evaluation of a New HPLC Column for Quality Control Analysis in Fermentation Process Control
    • Jonathon Speed, Product & Applications Manager, Keit Spectrometers
      Taking Analysis Out of the Lab and Into the Plant
    • Allen Ziegler, CEO, Archangel Inc.
      Introducing the Revolutionary, New, GenesisgeneTM, Onsite DNA Microbiological Technology that Allow Biofuel Facilities to Determine Both Total and Specific Bacteria in Less Than One Hour
    • Matt Hawkins, Applications Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      Use of a Molecular Technique to Determine the Antimicrobial Resistance of Bacteria within an Industrial Mash Sample
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    The Technologies Available to Producers Today Looking to Manufacture Higher Value Fuel and Chemical Products
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    • Neal Jakel, Vice President, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Technologies LLC
      Ethanol the Coproduct: How Diversifying Products Reduces Reliance on Ethanol and Sets the Stage for Efficiencies
    • Chuck Gallop, Operations Development Manager, ICM Inc.
      Selecting ICM Technologies to Meet Your Plant-Specific Goals and Operating Strategies
    • Shrikant Rathi, Sr. General Manager - Business Americas, Praj Industries Ltd.
      Diversify Your Products to Produce High Value US Pharmacopeia / Grain Neutral Spirit from Your Fuel Ethanol Plant
    • Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer, D3MAX LLC
      Produce High Protein DDGS and Cellulosic Ethanol from your Corn Fiber and Residual Starch, plus an update on the D3MAX process at Ace Ethanol
    Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

    The Technologies Available to Ethanol Producers Looking to Broaden Their Coproduct Portfolio and Derive Increased Revenues from It
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    • Jennifer Aurandt-Pilgrim, Director of Technology, Marquis Energy LLC
      Ethanol Plant Integration of Increased Oil Recovery, Energy Savings and Coproduct Diversification
    • Douglas Tiffany, Research Fellow, University of Minnesota
      Using Solid State Fermentation of DDGS to Enhance Critical Amino Acids
    • Jared Walker, CCUS Program Manager, Battelle
      CO2, Waste or Revenue? How CCUS can Monetize Emissions
    10:00 am - 10:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
    10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Assessing the Control Options Available to Ethanol Producers in Their Never-Ending War Against Bacterial Infection
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    • James Steele, Lactic Solutions General Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      Ecology and Control of the Microbiota of Ethanol Biorefineries
    • Cam Fowler, Senior Director Technical Service & Marketing, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
      Cleaning the Most Common Infection Source in Ethanol Production (Beer Mash Area)
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    How Effective Dehydration and Water Treatment Strategies Can Drive Down Operational Expenses, Improve Carbon Intensity Scores and Increase Plant Throughput
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    • Daniel Jones, Ethanol Industry Leader, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
      Improving Facility Production Rates through Simplistic Water Balance Improvement Strategy
    • Stephan Blum, Chief Technology Officer, Whitefox Technologies Limited
      Ethanol Production Process: A Step-Change in Overall Efficiency by the Use of Membranes
    • Kraig Kmiotek, Product Specialist – Process Analytics, Metrohm USA Inc.
      From Ethanol to Waste Water: Online Analysis for Process Improvement
    Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

    Building a Results-Oriented Plant Culture that Inspires Your Team, Increases Production and Reduces Costly Employee Turnover
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    • Bart Nichols, Talent Advisor, K-Coe Isom
      Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!
    • Kala Jenkins, Agriculture Consultant, K-Coe Isom LLP
      Leading from WHY
    • Gary Weihs, Managing Partner, Kincannon Reed
      Developing Executive Presence
    Noon - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Capturing and Bringing Abundant Operational Data to Bear on Your Plant’s Overall Operational Strategy
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    • Don Mack, Industry Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.
      Digitalization Use Cases
    • Andrew Hawkins, Director of Laboratory Services, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
      Regain Control of Your Lab Instruments: How to Use Control Charts
    • Hank Brittain, Director of Optimization & Advanced Control, OpX Control Inc.
      48% Average Variability Reduction at 36 Ethanol Plants: Where do you Stack Up; or Are you Missing Out?
    • Ryan Magner, Asset Management Specialist, Black & Veatch
      Data Analytics: Best Practices for Operating Facilities
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Minding the Tight Correlation Between Plant Cleanliness, Plant Efficiency and Ethanol Yield
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    • Andrew Ledlie, Marketing Manager, Solenis LLC
      Novel Cooling Water Treatment Strategy Increases Ethanol Production while Reducing Operating Costs and Carbon Intensity
    Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

    Position-Specific Training Approaches to Increase Employee Effectiveness Across Your Operation
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    • Rick Cowman, President, Welding Training Solutions Inc.
      Dealing with the Skills Gap in the Pool of Prospective Employees
    • Shelly Siemonsma, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      Increasing Value as Bio-Refinery Lab Personnel
    • Jim Carrel, Reliability Coach, Reliability Management Strategies
      Developing Your Competency-Based Learning Model for Uptime and Reliability
    Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

    Rebooting the Industry’s Vision on the Opportunities for Coproducts within Global Food and Feed Markets
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    • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies LLC
      Dry Fractionation: Implementing a New Vision and New Technology for a New Decade
    • Mallorie Wilken, Technical Consultant, ICM Inc.
      Advancing the Feed Industry through Education, Classification and Market Development
    • Joe Ward, Senior Nutritionist, North America, Fluid Quip Technologies LLC
      Feeding Trials: How Data Advances Protein Profits
    • Yanhong Zhang, Director of Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
      Relieve World Hunger with Corn Protein from Midwest
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1: Production and Operations

    Back to the Basics: Why Profitability Ultimately Hinges on a Plant’s Ability to Maximize Starch Conversion Via Efficient Fermentation
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    • Stephanie Gleason, Senior Manager Technical Service, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
      Impact of Feedstock and Feedstock Quality on Ethanol Production
    • Chris Ashworth, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      Starch, Fermentation Costs, & Yield
    • Elizabeth Waguespack, Scientist, Novozymes
      Better Insights for Production Improvements: Measuring What Really Matters for Profitability
    • Yanhong Zhang, Director of Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
      Quantifying Ethanol Yield on a Per-Fermentor Basis in Commercial Ethanol Plants
    Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

    Management Strategies Aimed at Efficiently Aligning Team Member Skills with Operational Needs
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    • Bart Nichols, Talent Advisor, K-Coe Isom
      Put Me In, Coach!
    • Wade Rummel, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
      Consistent Operation by Use of Training and Procedures
    • Ron Faciane, Director, GP Strategies Corporation
      Building a Competent Workforce that Achieves Business Success
    Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

    Available Biological and Technological Pathways to Increased Corn Oil, Protein and Fiber Capture
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    • Kevin Moore, VP of Advanced Separation Group, Trucent
      The Hunt for More Corn Oil: Tips and Techniques for Maximizing Corn Oil Yield
    • Bob Fesser, Industry Sales Manager, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
      Using DSI to Enhance Coproduct Yields
    • David Gogerty, Product Application Scientist, Novozymes
      Unlocking Benefits with Enhanced Fiber Conversion
    • Adam Belyamani, Chief Operating Officer, Saola Energy LLC
      The Road to Higher Profits: How a Renewable Diesel Plant Fits the Concept of a Diversified Biorefinery
    5:00 pm Sessions Conclude and Expo Closes
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