NBB Members Set Direction of Industry through Representation, Collaboration

By National Biodiesel Board | January 19, 2017

The National Biodiesel Board is a member organization that works for, and with, its members on a daily basis to advance the interests of the biodiesel industry. Everything the organization does is at the direction of members. Fifteen representatives from member companies are elected by the membership to sit on the board for two-year terms and have historically represented all aspects of the industry. Members guide the daily activities of staff through involvement on the board, in standing committees, strategic planning, the program development process, membership surveys, regional and national member meetings, daily conversations with staff, and more.

Representation—Your NBB Governing Board
Each November, members vote to fill half of the positions on the governing board. In 2016, members elected to begin their two-year term include Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board; Jennifer Case, New Leaf Biofuel LLC; Mike Cunningham, American Soybean Association; Tim Keaveney, Hero BX; Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources; Mike Rath, Darling Ingredients Inc.; and Ben Wootton, World Energy. Governing board members who are serving the second year of their term in 2017 include Kent Engelbrecht, Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Ron Heck, Iowa Soybean Association; Ed Hegland, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council; Ron Marr, Minnesota Soybean Processors; Steve Nogel, Ag Environmental Products; Amy Sigg Davis, Ohio Soybean Council; Robert Stobaugh, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; and Chad Stone, Renewable Energy Group Inc.

Each year the new governing board elects officers with Kent Engelbrecht serving as the new chairman, Mike Cunningham as vice chairman, Greg Anderson as treasurer, and Chad Stone as secretary.

“The biodiesel industry is fortunate to have a strong team of leaders from all sectors of the industry,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The membership is united, optimistic, and will continue to grow into the future under the direction of the board.”

Collaboration—Development of Program Plan
One of the greatest values of NBB membership is the ability of the organization to leverage membership dues dollars with outside funding resources. Less than a third of NBB’s total revenue last year came from member dues dollars because of NBB’s ability to secure outside funding. But the real value lies in the ability of members to direct where those resources can be most impactful in moving the industry forward.

“Gathering resources from all sectors of the industry and beyond, and pooling them in one place where they can be strategically focused on the top priorities of our industry, is just sound business,” said NBB Director of Operations and Membership Doug Whitehead. “Being able to come together, identify our strengths and weaknesses, and then go out and execute in the areas that will help us the most is one of the biggest advantages we have as an industry.”

Members provide their input on industry priorities through a number of avenues including biodiesel technical workshops, the fall NBB membership meeting, NBB standing committee discussions including regulatory, trade, technical and marketing committees, and an extensive online survey.

All of this input comes together and defines where staff will spend time and resources during the year.

NBB—Your Membership Organization
The biodiesel industry has achieved much in its relatively short existence through strong leadership and a determined, unified commitment to purpose. Engaged participation is crucial to ensure that momentum continues.

NBB member companies vary from Fortune 100 companies to small, family-owned businesses. This diverse membership base has provided a strong foundation for industry growth with member companies in 44 of the 50 states.
No matter your involvement in the industry, NBB has a lot to offer.

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