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ACE elects board of directors at annual meeting

Omaha, NE (August 14, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announced the re-election of several board members and the election of two new representatives to the organization’s board of directors during its annual meeting prior to ACE’s 32nd annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Six incumbents were re-elected to the board of directors for three-year terms:

  • Duane Kristensen, representing Chief Ethanol Fuels
  • Scott McPheeters, representing KAAPA Ethanol
  • Dan Root, representing Minnesota Corn Growers Association
  • Rick Schwarck, representing Absolute Energy
  • Dave Sovereign, representing Golden Grain Energy
  • Chris Studer, representing East River Electric Cooperative

Two new members were elected to serve on the board of directors for a three-year term:

  • Troy Knecht, representing Redfield Energy
  • Owen Jones, At-large Member

“As I got involved with ACE through the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, I realized the value ACE brings to its members and the value it brings to corn farmers in general,” Knecht said. “Now, by representing Redfield Energy, I can continue the good work ACE is doing and I look forward to helping with the challenges we have ahead of us like addressing small refinery waivers and exploring ways to get higher blends into the market.”

“I have always enjoyed working with this association, both the people on staff and the rest of the leaders on the ACE board,” Jones said. “I always have been interested in promoting ethanol and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do this by serving on the ACE board. We have made some great strides, but there is a lot of work to be done yet and if I can remain on the board to continue ACE’s good work, I’m grateful to do that.”

“Troy and Owen are exceptional advocates for our industry, and we’re happy they’re able to continue to serve with the other dedicated active volunteers who make up our board of directors and represent the grassroots diversity of our entire membership,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “ACE members can be rest assured they’re well-represented by the resolve, expertise and experience the board members bring to the table and ACE is grateful for their leadership.”

A complete roster of the ACE board of directors is available here.


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