NBB Here to Serve Members, Advance Biodiesel Industry

By Doug Whitehead | May 01, 2013

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America’s first advanced biofuel. We work to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical, and quality assurance programs. Serving as the coordinating body for research and development in the U.S., NBB is comprised of state, national and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

NBB exists to serve and provide value to its members. As NBB evolved from a research and development group into a comprehensive membership association, we realized the strength that has come with a growing, diversified membership. We are proud of the fact that NBB has remained unified and is committed to continuing to provide all of our members the highest possible quality service and value.  

NBB is structured to make it easy for members to guide their trade association. Annually, members nominate and elect the 15-member governing board and five-member executive committee. Several volunteer and specified committees are active at any given time that monitor and participate in important issues. Committees include: Regulatory, Technical, Marketing, Trade, Executive, Audit, Election, Finance and Investment, and the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission.

Every fall, NBB gathers input for the annual program plan through member surveys, webinars and the November membership meeting that builds into a specific scope of work and budget for the next fiscal year. The project concepts are presented to the membership multiple times before their final approval. The member-developed plan is then executed by NBB staff and results in important accomplishments for the industry such as a renewed biodiesel tax incentive, the expanded renewable fuel standard, national advertising campaigns, growing support from OEMs, new feedstock development and much more.

Along with providing a uniform voice in policy efforts, one of the greatest benefits NBB provides its membership is its ability to leverage membership dues with other funding sources. Membership dues made up roughly a quarter of NBB’s total revenue last year and are focused primarily on supporting NBB’s federal and state policy efforts. Additional revenue comes from soybean checkoff support and competitive federal grants. These funds cannot legally be used for policy efforts, so instead they are applied to support critical industry programs that leverage and compliment industry priorities. For every dollar that members contribute in dues, NBB has been able to raise three additional dollars to use in areas that the industry says is a priority. So that means NBB is able to keep its member dues relatively modest in comparison to the amount of project work that is undertaken each year.

NBB has many ways for members to participate and stay current on their trade association. This includes regular emails, Washington updates, three annual membership meetings, monthly government affairs calls, program webinars, town hall meetings, the Biodiesel Conference & Expo, the NBB family of websites, social media and more.

This spring, to add another venue for member participation, we have added four regional member meetings for information-sharing and collaboration. These meetings are taking place in May and July in Atlantic City, Sacramento, Des Moines, and Houston. Each region is unique to the industry and faces many challenges, some similar and some that are very different. That is why NBB CEO Joe Jobe and program managers from each department are participating in these meetings and visiting with members in their own backyards.

The biodiesel industry has achieved much in the past 20 years through strong leadership from within the industry, and a determined, unified commitment to purpose. Engaged participation in the industry’s trade association is crucial to ensure that momentum continues and NBB staff are dedicated to serving its members every single day and in everything that we do.


Doug Whitehead, Director of Operations and Membership,
National Biodiesel Board

 
 
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