NBB members guide the biodiesel industry year-round

By NBB | September 08, 2011

Over the course of the year, National Biodiesel Board members have many opportunities to set the direction of their trade association. While overall industry priorities are set once a year, there are many opportunities throughout the fiscal year to communicate with NBB leadership and staff through less formal avenues.

One platform for feedback is regional membership meetings. NBB leadership has conducted a number of meetings across the country with the goal of providing regional perspective to the national issues the industry is facing and to offer an opportunity for members to provide feedback directly to NBB leadership.

“The meeting in New York offered an invaluable opportunity for one-on-one interaction with our industry’s trade association staff,” said NBB member Steven Levy, Sprague Energy. “It is nice to be able to put a face with the organization and to see that they really care about our input and local issues.”

Staff participation varies depending on key issues in a region, but often includes CEO Joe Jobe and any number of NBB program managers and staff members.

“The RFS2 and the biodiesel tax incentive are important to all producers, but the other major issues could vary greatly depending on where a producer is located,” said Doug Whitehead, NBB membership director. “If you are producing in California, your top issues could be very different than someone producing in Texas or New York. We try very hard to address those regional needs as well as the greater national issues.”

The next opportunity for participation is at the NBB board meeting Nov. 14-16 in Washington, D.C. NBB conducts its annual review and update to the organization’s Resolutions and Position Handbook. NBB members have an opportunity prior to the November board meeting to review the current industry positions. The agenda at the meeting then offers time for committee considerations and, ultimately, a governing board vote on potential changes to existing resolutions and the adoption of new resolutions.  

Members constantly provide input throughout the year to NBB through informal communications as well as with staff and board members.

“If you have a question or input, I would encourage you to pick up the phone and call the NBB office,” Whitehead added. “As a staff, we are here to serve the needs of the membership.”

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