The Annual ACE Conference

August 15-17, 2017

Doubletree Hotel Downtown - Omaha, NE


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ACE's annual conference is unique in the world of renewable fuels because it is specifically tailored to the interests and needs of the people of ethanol — the folks who are really in the trenches. It’s a gathering of ACE’s commitment to connect ethanol producers with the farmers, researches, retailers, and support businesses to continue what all of them started a long time ago. It’s also an excellent place to learn and share ideas. And it’s got all the fun of a family reunion.

Hotel reservations

ACE has a contracted room block at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha. Make your reservations at the conference reservation site or call (402) 636-4914.


Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities, or contact Chuck Beck at to find out how your company can have a presence at the ACE Conference.

Contact Shannon Gustafson at or 605-334-3381 ext.16 with questions about the event, or to submit topic or speaker recommendations.


The event opens with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday, August 15 at 5:00pm and concludes at noon on Thursday, August 17.

Topics and speaker times are still being assigned. Here's a preview of what we'll be featuring this year, with more specifics to come in the near future.

General Session

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (invited)

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) (invited)

Trump Administration Trade official (invited)

Trump Administration EPA official (invited)

“Tested. Proven. Driven.”  Updates from ACE Leadership

ACE leadership will discuss efforts underway to help increase ethanol demand and make progress on the strategic priorities of our  members.

·       Duane Kristensen, ACE Board Vice President (representing Chief Ethanol Fuels)

·       Brian Jennings, ACE Executive Vice President

·       Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President

Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for the Ethanol Industry

Comprehensive tax reform is set to be one of the top priorities for congressional leadership and the Trump Administration. It is critical that members of the ethanol industry begin planning for how tax reform could affect profitability and competitiveness. Some provisions of tax reform could benefit the industry, while others could be detrimental. In this valuable session, you’ll learn about potential impacts of a wide variety of proposed tax changes and what ethanol businesses can do now to prepare for these looming changes to the tax code.

·       Donna Funk, Principal, KCoe Isom

Retail: Ethanol’s Point of Opportunity

Nationwide availability of E15 and flex fuels is improving every month. Two fuel marketers who have made the switch will reveal why they decided to offer higher ethanol blends, how they overcame the challenges and roadblocks, what they would do differently, and how E15 and flex fuels are affecting their bottom line.

·       Charlie Bosselman , Owner, Bosselman Enterprises

·       Bob O’Connor, Owner, JETZ Convenience Centers

Shifting to High-Octane Fuel

Three experts will highlight how they are putting the pedal to the metal to help automakers accelerate the transition of motor fuel to high-octane ethanol blends.

·       Scott Negley*, Director of Global Product Management at Wayne Fueling Systems – Scott will explain why Wayne differentiated itself as the first equipment manufacturer to exclusively offer fuel dispensers UL-listed for E25 to gasoline retailers in North America.

·       Brian West, Deputy Director and Senior Development Staff Member of Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Brian has led Department of Energy research to pave the way for higher ethanol blends and will discuss testing underway to help demonstrate the benefits of high-octane fuel to help automakers meet fuel economy and GHG reduction targets.

·       Adam Gustafson, Partner at Boyden Gray & Associates – Adam has represented state governments, biofuel producers, agricultural interests, and other clients on fuel and automotive regulations. He is currently helping lead an effort to navigate the regulatory roadways which will enable automakers and consumers to experience the benefits of high-octane fuel.

*Alternatively, Trey Binford, Product Manager of North America Dispensers at Wayne Fueling Systems

Global Tailwinds and Headwinds

On the heels of exporting the second-highest volume of ethanol and distillers grains last year, U.S. ethanol exports so far in 2017 are stronger than any year on record.  Jim Galvin, the appointed Leader of the U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team for Ethanol, helps guide the industry’s export market development strategy.  Jim will discuss market trends, the factors driving (and restricting) global demand for ethanol and coproducts, and the implications of Trump administration trade policy reform on the U.S. ethanol industry.

·       Jim Galvin, CEO and Director, Lakeview Energy


Breakout Sessions

Board of Directors – Roles and Responsibilities

More to come…

Board of Directors – Succession Planning & Retention

More to come…

Board of Directors – Risk Management

More to come…

Maximizing Output: Co-Product Diversification

More to come…

·       Neal Jakel, VP Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Process Technologies

2017 Trends in Production Efficiencies

More to come…

·       Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analyst, Christianson PLLP

Making Openings (and Re-openings) Grand

There is more to a successful retail grand opening for E15 or E30 than picking a date and setting up a live remote with the local radio station. Promotions require planning and preparation to ensure a large crowd and a positive experience for those who attend. Learn how to bring in a big crowd and send them home smiling, from people who have successfully introduced higher ethanol blends with well-executed retail promotions.

·       Jim Seurer, CEO, Glacial Lakes Energy

·       Pam Miller, Board Chair and Director of Industry and Investor Relations, Siouxland Ethanol

Taking it (Almost) to the Streets: Ethanol Direct to Retail

Infrastructure funding programs help speed the process of making high ethanol blends available to consumers, but before those programs began and after the money runs out, resourceful marketers have been moving ethanol well past the “blend wall” by supplying it at wholesale to reflect RIN value and other ethanol advantages.  Hear how ethanol producers and fuel marketers are improving the availability of competitively priced ethanol through direct marketing.

·       Randy Gard, Executive Director, Bosselman Enterprises

·       Seth Harder, General Manager, Husker Ag LLC


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