The Annual ACE Conference
What it takes
The 2019 ACE Conference
Omaha Marriott Downtown
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Wednesday, August 14
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
*Sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers Association, Kansas Corn Growers Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Ohio Corn & Wheat, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Corn Board, Michigan Corn Growers Association, and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association
Thursday, August 15
7:30 AM Registration Open
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
*Sponsored by: CoBank & Farm Credit Services of America
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM General Session
Keynote/Welcome: Nebraska Governor Ricketts
What it Takes: Updates from ACE Leadership
Duane Kristensen, ACE Board President (representing Chief Ethanol Fuels)
Brian Jennings, ACE CEO
- Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President
Keynote: Exports & Trade - U.S. Grains Council CEO, Ryan LeGrand
Capitalizing on Carbon
Moderator: Brian Jennings, ACE CEO
Pam Miller, ACE Board Chair and Director of Industry and Investor Relations, Siouxland Ethanol, LLC
Ron Alverson, Director, Dakota Ethanol
Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Transportation and Fuels, Great Plains Institute
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch & Awards Presentation
*Sponsored by: Fagen Inc.
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions - 3 Rounds, 3 concurrent sessions
TALENT DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
- Vikki Nicometo, Talent Advisor, KCoe Isom
ENERGY SAVINGS, IMPROVED CI SCORES, AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE
- Bernie Hoffman, CEO, TotalGen Services
- Andrea Foglesong, Director, Environmental Services, TotalGen Services
- Dean Camper, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Saola Energy
UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF PROTEIN AT YOUR FACILITY
- Michael Franko, VP Business Development, Fluid Quip Technologies
- Peter E.V. Williams, Senior Nutritionist, Fluid Quip Technologies
- Dr. Ryan Mass, Feed Business Manager, ICM Inc.
FQT will present their MSC Maximized Stillage CoproductsTM technology, which produces Still Pro 50,™ a 50% purity protein product that trades in the alternative high-value protein market and is a unique blend of spent brewer’s yeast and corn gluten meal. The protein has shown great success in the pet food, aqua, dairy, poultry, and swine markets.
ICM, Inc. will present their FST™/FST Next Gen™, the next layer of ICM technology following SMT™/SMTV2™. This progressive pre-fermentation separation system is designed to remove fiber prior to fermentation. Removing the fiber provides plants with the ability to concentrate process streams and to better utilize the capacities of fermentation and distillation.
Preventing a Budget Blowout: Natural Gas Market Dynamics and Risk Management Strategies for Natural Gas Procuremnt
- Ken Graeber, President & CEO, Encore Energy Services
BECOMING MULTILINGUAL - THE ART OF COMMUNICATION
- Janice Fairbairn, Market Development Manager, Wired Within
ALTERNATIVES FOR TRADITIONAL CLEANING METHODS UTILIZED IN FUEL ETHANOL PRODUCTION
- Jennifer Braun, Technical Field Manager, US Water, Process Technologies Group
Improving Profitability in Challenging Market Conditions
- Jessica Lopez, MSc, PEng, Product Development Manager, Whitefox Technologies Canada
Overcoming the Margin Squeeze: An Evaluation of Strategies to Manage Your Plant's Cost of Capital
John Christianson, Principal, Christianson PLLP
Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson PLLP
Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analysist, Christianson PLLP
- John Patock, Financial Consultant, Christianson PLLP
Steve Hartig, VP of Technology Development, ICM, Inc.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Reception
*Sponsored by: RPMG
Friday, August 16, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM General Session
RINs, Carbon Credits, and other E15 and Flex Fuel Marketer Math
- Moderator: Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President
- Mike Lewis, Co-Founder, Pearson Fuels
- Randy Gard, COO, Bosselman Enterprises
STEPS TO A BIOREFINERY
- Moderator: Scott McDermott, Partner, Ascendant Partners
- Neal Jakel, Partner and VP Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Technologies
- Steve Hartig, VP of Technology Development, ICM Inc.
- Chad Kuhlers, COO, Golden Grain Energy LLC
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2018 Annual conference
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2018 ACE Conference Testimonials
“I really enjoy attending the ACE conference. It has always provided great networking opportunities for attendees. The atmosphere feels like a family gathering, where conversations are centered around the future of the ethanol industry and valuable feedback is received from plant executives and board members.” Adam Belyamani, COO, Saola Energy
“Networking was definitely one of the best benefits as a first-time conference attendee.” Emily Koop, KS Corn Growers Association
“I enjoyed the update of current happenings in the ethanol world as relayed by the ethanol producers that were at the ACE meeting. Frank discussion and concern were refreshing. I also enjoyed listening to the sessions – especially the fuel station managers on the last day.” Dale Ihry, ND Corn Growers Association
"I think the leadership in ACE is some of the best in the industry and I wanted to show our support and be engaged. I thought ACE did a nice job of focusing on the key points and issues and allowing us a forum to hear. I’d recommend people attend the ACE conference — we can’t make the changes needed by the industry if we aren’t at the table.” Erik Huschitt, CEO & GM Badger State Ethanol
“Meeting new individuals who are also passionate about alternative fueling and gaining some knowledge on other retailers, producers, and other uses of ethanol in the supply chain were highlights of the ACE conference, as well as learning how other parts of the country market and dispense the alternative fuel. I would highly recommend the ACE conference to anybody who would like to network, learn more, and share ideas about the alternative fuel industry.” Glenn Badenhop, Owner of American Freedom Energy c-store
“ACE does an excellent job at picking speakers relevant to the most pressing issues and topics at the time. ACE’s meetings are great — very informative and showed a good thought process. All employees were thoughtful and cordial.” Jan Lundebrek, CVEC
“The session with the fuel retailers was my favorite part of the ACE conference as they provided the best perspective on how the general population perceives ethanol. If the goal is to sell more ethanol, I feel it’s important to understand what people outside the industry think so we can figure out how to influence them and the general consumer.” Kim Herzog, Encore Energy
“The ACE conference provides many opportunities for networking with producers, ACE staff and other industry supporters and vendors. It's a valuable event for anyone involved or interested in the biofuels industry who wants to become more informed and meet many of the leaders in the industry.” Jerry Tegels, Buckman
“I enjoy the ACE conference as I was able to reconnect with those who we went with to the ACE Washington, D.C. fly-in.” Jerry Calease, Golden Grain Energy