National Biodiesel Foundation elects new executive committee

By The National Biodiesel Board | November 23, 2015

The National Biodiesel Foundation unanimously elected its executive committee during its fall directors meeting in Washington, D.C., recently. The foundation is designed to advanced initiatives important to the commercial biodiesel industry.

Industry representatives elected to the board include:

-President: Mike Cunningham is currently a director on the American Soybean Association Board, representing the state of Illinois. Mike is a corn and soybean farmer from Bismark, Illinois. He has been involved with soybean association work at both the state and national level since 2002.

-Vice President: Mark Caspers is currently serving as a director on the United Soybean Board and recently completed a 12 year stint as a director on the Nebraska Soybean Board. He is a fourth-generation family farmer operating a diversified crop operation on 600 acres in southeast Nebraska.  

-Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Lynn is from Oakford, Illinois, and is a director for the Illinois Soybean Association as well as a trustee for Chandlerville Township in Cass County, Illinois. He is part of a family farm dating back to 1833 that includes corn, soybeans, and seed soybeans.

John Heisdorffer, Matt Jaeger, and David Womack retired their executive committee positions but will continue to serve on the foundation board.

“We thank them for their dedication to the foundation and biodiesel education and research over the years,” NBF Executive Director Tom Verry noted. “Their efforts have significantly impacted the growth of this industry.”

The National Biodiesel Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the biodiesel industry trade association, the National Biodiesel Board, for the advancement of biodiesel. Through outreach, education, research, and demonstration activities, the foundation works to address national issues affecting us all—clean air, economic development for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel.

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