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ACE welcomes Governor Ricketts to 30th annual conference

Sioux Falls, SD (July 25, 2017) – The 30th annual American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference will host Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts as the keynote speaker during the general session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 of the upcoming Aug. 15-17 event being held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha.

“Ethanol has been a great success story in Nebraska communities and communities all across the heartland,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “We look forward to hosting the 30th annual conference of the American Coalition for Ethanol in Omaha this year.”

 “We’re thrilled Governor Ricketts can join us as we gather together in his home state of Nebraska to discuss pressing industry issues,” said Brian Jennings, executive vice president of ACE. “The governor has served as a great advocate for Nebraska’s ethanol industry, and we look forward to hearing his perspective from recent meetings he’s had with President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt on the energy and policy issues impacting this industry.”

The 2017 ACE conference general session will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 16 with an update from ACE leadership. The successes of last year and highlights of upcoming projects and opportunities for ACE members will be provided by Duane Kristensen, ACE board vice president representing Chief Ethanol Fuels; Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president; and Ron Lamberty, ACE senior vice president. Gov. Ricketts keynote address will follow these updates.

Next on the agenda lineup is a presentation from Jim Galvin, the appointed leader of the U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team for Ethanol and director and CEO of Lakeview Energy. Galvin will provide an update on the industry’s export market development strategy—market trends, global demand factors and implications of Trump administration trade policy reform on the U.S. ethanol industry. 

The general session on Wednesday will conclude by taking a deeper dive into market development efforts here at home. Fuel marketers Charlie Bosselman, owner of Bosselman Enterprises, and Bob O’Connor, owner of JETZ Convenience Centers, will share lessons learned from making the switch to offer higher ethanol blends at their stations and provide an update on how E15 and flex fuels are impacting their bottom line.

An award ceremony and lunch will follow the general session panels. More agenda details are available here.

Prospective attendees are being urged to register online and make hotel reservations now before registration rates rise Aug. 1 and the conference room block closes tomorrow, July 26.

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