NBB elects officers, board members in St. Louis

By | January 28, 2004
A new system of formal nominations and voting was employed for the first time by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to elect officers and board members at a meeting in St. Louis, Nov. 10-13.

In addition to elections, NBB members, along with affiliated Biodiesel Alliance members, heard reports from the three standing committees of the NBB: legislative, technical and marketing working groups.

Held three to four times a year in different cities, NBB member meetings include a formal assembly of the board of directors and a more general meeting to update members on important issues. Elections were added to the most recent meeting.

New election system implemented
Prior to the November gathering, the NBB established a new system of formal nominations and weighted voting to be used to elect new members. The new system was explained in detail and implemented in St. Louis.

The first order of business on the second day was electing new officers of the board.

Bob Metz, a farmer representing the South Dakota Research and Promotion Council, was elected chairman; Gary Haer, representing West Central Soy, a large biodiesel supplier based in Ralston, Iowa, was elected vice chairman; Fred Wellons, representing Baker Commodities, a biodiesel supplier based in Los Angeles, Calif., was elected secretary; and John Heisdorffer, a farmer representing the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, was elected treasurer.

The organization's new board members are: Darryl Brinkmann, a farmer representing the American Soybean Association; John Campbell, representing Ag Environmental Products, a division of Ag Processing Inc., a biodiesel fuel supplier based in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Bob Clark, representing Imperial Western Products, a biodiesel supplier based in Indio, Calif.; Gene Gebolys, representing World Energy, a biodiesel supplier based in Chelsea, Mass.; Michael Langenhorst, representing Anamax, a biodiesel supplier based in Green Bay, Wis.; Jeff Nelson, representing Stepan Company, a soy biodiesel supplier based in Northfield, Ill.; Jerry Osterholt, a farmer representing the Indiana Soybean Board; Richard Prascher, representing the Nebraska Soybean Board; Peter Reimers, representing ADM, a multinational conglomerate producing biodiesel in Europe; Robert Stobaugh, a farmer representing the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; David Womack, a farmer representing the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board.

Standing committees report
NBB members and affiliates were briefed on the status of the pending U.S. energy bill, reported to currently include a version of the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard containing language that is favorable to the biodiesel industry. The actual language in the bill had not been released to the public at the time of the meeting and was still unavailable at press time. Speakers at the meeting expressed optimism that the bill would pass. At press time, the bill had passed the U.S. House and was under consideration by the Senate.

Steve Howell of MARC IV Consulting presented an update for the NBB Technical Committee. Howell reviewed a number of technical points regarding the ASTM approval process. He also noted that the NBB is officially opposed to labeling pumps that have blends of B20 or less.

Further news is the start-up of a biodiesel fuel quality survey. The survey will help verify fuel quality by testing 25 samples of B100 and 50 samples of B20. Funding for the project is being provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, administered through the office of Robert McCormick.

The legislative committee reported that significant progress was made in the most recent round of state legislative sessions. This year, 18 states passed legislation that, in some way or another, has an impact on the biodiesel industry. The NBB continually tracks state legislation and can provide sample language for legislators proposing new bills. Those interested in taking steps to promote legislation that encourages biodiesel production and use can contact NBB Regulatory Director Charles Hatcher at (800) 841-5849.
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