National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – Day Two

Posted on February 7th, 2012

Below are highlights from Day Two of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

The annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is the only event that gathers biodiesel decision-makers from across the United States and around the world. Opportunities abound for attendees and exhibitors to network, connect, and learn.

Full coverage can be found on the official Conference & Expo Blog.

Supporting National Biodiesel Foundation

The National Biodiesel Foundation held another very successful raffle ticket fundraiser during the Super Bowl party last night. Here are some of the Foundation’s accomplishments last year.

2011 highlights include several notable accomplishments:

We conducted biodiesel education and training as a participant in the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance. Specifically, we increased the number of states that enforce ASTM standards and biodiesel fuel quality, achieved Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification for the National Biodiesel Board’s biodiesel technician training curriculum, and trained Clean Cities Coordinators around the country on how to generate and capitalize on media thus increasing awareness of biodiesel sustainability.

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The Washington Outlook

One of our first sessions this morning focused on the Federal Policy Outlook, particularly in Washington, DC. Presenting were Maria Cardona, Dewey Square Group and Brad Todd, On Message, Inc.

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Interview with the Chairman

The Chairman of the National Biodiesel Board visited with the media this morning. We took turns conducting interviews. I went last and asked Gary what his outlook for this year’s conference is.

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Eye on Biodiesel Awards

Several of the Eye on Biodiesel Awards were presented during the opening general session today. We will have additional award presentations during each of the next two days. Here are today’s awards. The winners are pictured with Gary Haer, REG, Chairman, NBB and Joe Jobe, CEO, NBB.

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Recognizing Board Members

Hat’s off to the board of directors of the National Biodiesel Board. These folks were recognized during our opening general session for all the time, effort and support they bring to the association.

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“Energy Epiphanies” Panel Discussion

During the opening general session of the conference a panel discussion featured Charles Drevna, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association; Michael Ferrante, Massachusetts Oilheat Council; Dan Gilligan, Petroleum Marketers Association of America; Joe Jobe, NBB and John Maniscalco, New York Oil Heating Association. It was a session that one person tweeted, “Maybe the most candor I’ve ever seen in a general session conversation at a conference. Very interesting #nbb12″ I fully concur.

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Opening Remarks from Joe Jobe

Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board, welcomed attendees to the 2012 National Biodiesel Conference this morning. He started out by telling a story about what biodiesel means to him and how he got involved in energy, politics and history. One of the things that really got him interested in the industry was, “I wrote a paper for my high school economics class about developing a market for ag-based fuels to supplement our energy supply . . . So my paper was overly simplistic and naïve, but after working in this industry for almost 15 years now, the basic idea is clearer than ever, and has now become a reality.” However, he says, “Over the past four decades America has not had a consistent and clear energy policy.”

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Collegiate Biodiesel Producers Forum

First on the program at the National Biodiesel Conference was the Collegiate Biodiesel Producers Forum. There are more biodiesel production facilities at colleges than ever. I spoke with Susan Williams and Ilya Tabakh, KU Biodiesel Initiative, to learn about this first time session which is meant to guide young producers on their path to joining the biodiesel industry.

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