2017 Energy Conference Speakers

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Lieutenant Governor, State of Iowa

Adam Gregg

Adam Gregg serves as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa. He was appointed to the position by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 25, 2017 following Governor Branstad’s confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to China. Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Adam Gregg served as the State Public Defender and led a 220-employee/$60 million budget organization focused on providing the Constitutional right to counsel for Iowans. From 2013-14, Gregg served in the governor’s office as the legislative liaison and policy advisor. In this role he helped in the crafting and adoption of the Governor’s bipartisan budget and policy agenda over the course of the 85th General Assembly. He assisted in navigating a balanced budget, transformational education reform and the largest tax cut in Iowa history, among other priorities. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he practiced at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines. He was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 2014. Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution’s prestigious Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the individual who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner. While in school, Gregg conducted legal research in his capacity as an Iowa Supreme Court Scholar with Chief Justice Mark Cady and was a staff member for the Drake Law Review.

President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

Bob Dinneen


Future of Fuels Policy Panel – National Industry Association Leaders


Bob Dinneen is the President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Collectively representing the majority of U.S. ethanol industry leaders and supporters, RFA’s mission is to increase the production and use of renewable fuels and to create a dynamic, robust ethanol industry.

As the ethanol industry’s lead lobbyist before the Congress and Administration, Bob has been instrumental in advancing policies that protect the environment, strengthen the U.S. economy, and promote energy independence. Since 2008, Bob has repeatedly been recognized as a “top lobbyist” by Capitol Hill’s must-read newspaper, The Hill.

A noted expert on energy and environmental policy and issues affecting the U.S. ethanol industry, Bob regularly testifies before federal agencies and congressional committees. His views and expertise have been solicited by top policymakers in the Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and Obama Administrations, including Secretaries of Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, and Commerce, and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Bob has represented the U.S. ethanol industry at state, national, and international forums and addressed major gatherings of international leaders in Europe and South America.

For more than two decades, Bob’s advocacy and leadership have helped to move RFA and the ethanol industry forward. In 1988, he joined RFA as Legislative Director and assumed the role of President in 2001. Bob’s successful coalition-building efforts have paved the way for industry growth and directly resulted in public policy achievements such as the expansion of the historic Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

A frequent speaker on ethanol-related issues, Bob has been featured in top print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, FOX, and a wide variety of regional and trade publications. Additionally, Bob is a featured contributor on “The Huffington Post,” the web’s most widely read blog for political news.

Prior to joining RFA, Bob worked in the U.S. Congress for various Representatives and congressional committees.

Bob graduated from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Vice President Content, BBI International and Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine

Tim Portz

Tim Portz is the Vice President of Content for BBI International and the Executive Editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine. In this role, Tim is responsible for the agenda development process for all of BBI International’s conferences including organizing the call for abstracts, forming review committees, working with the review committees to rate all received abstracts and finally establishing the program agenda. He also works closely with the editorial teams at BBI International to determine the content of the online and print outlets of BBI’s media products. Prior to beginning his career in renewable energy with BBI International Tim worked both as an educator and selling professional. Tim was born and raised in central Iowa and holds a BFA from the University of Iowa.

Vice President of Government Affairs, RFA

Samantha Slater

Samantha Slater is Vice President of Government Affairs for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). She leads the association’s efforts in advancing the U.S. ethanol industry’s public policy agenda and serves as RFA’s lead lobbyist for legislative and regulatory affairs concerning ethanol, energy, agriculture, and climate change.

Samantha successfully represented the U.S. ethanol industry’s interests in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, working to achieve the inclusion of a provision to expand the Renewable Fuels Standard. She also represented the industry’s interests in the 2008 Farm Bill, which included the Energy Title and key renewable energy tax provisions.

Previously, Samantha served as Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), where she developed and implemented the association’s legislative and regulatory strategies. She has also worked as Manager of State & Regional Affairs for the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA). At EPSA, she prepared the association’s comments and testimony before state legislatures and regulatory commissions and communicated key policy positions to a variety of state and federal audiences.

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Group Director of Downstream & Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute

Frank Macchiarola

Frank J. Macchiarola is Group Director of Downstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute (API). Mr. Macchiarola joined API in January 2016, where he leads association efforts on fuels, refining, marketing and downstream safety, security and technology.

Prior to joining API, Mr. Macchiarola served as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).

From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Macchiarola served in several senior staff positions in the United States Senate including Staff Director, Minority Staff Director, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Minority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Mr. Macchiarola was previously a partner in the policy resolution group at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and he began his career as an associate in the litigation group of a New York City law firm.

Mr. Macchiarola earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

CEO, National Biodiesel Board

Donnell Rehagen

Donnell Rehagen is the Chief Executive Officer for biomass based diesel’s preeminent trade association. With nearly 200 member companies, the National Biodiesel Board is the leading U.S. organization representing biodiesel and renewable diesel. Previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Donnell managed the implementation and execution of NBB’s more than $14 million annual budget. Working with project managers, staff and contractors, Donnell has helped ensure NBB delivers outstanding results for members and funding partners. In addition he has led the annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

Donnell joined NBB in 2004. Under his watch NBB has successfully leveraged dues dollars four to one with outside funding. Prior to working for the NBB, he was the fleet administrator for the Missouri Department of Transportation where he was responsible for all aspects of the department’s $400 million fleet including implementation of their biodiesel (B20) use program. Donnell has Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri — Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University.

President, Advanced Biofuels Association

Michael McAdams

Over the last six years, Michael McAdams has been engaged in the formation of the Advanced Biofuels Association, representing more than 40 advanced biofuels production and feedstock companies.

Mr. McAdams has more than 30 years of experience in government and public affairs in both the public and private sectors. He has also worked in both the federal legislative and regulatory areas with specific focuses on energy, fuels policy, climate change, air policy and tax.
In the private sector, Mr. McAdams has worked for a number of advocacy organizations principally focused in the areas of fuels and air policy on behalf of his clients. He spent more than 14 years working for BP, where he was the associate group policy advisor to the then Chief Executive Officer Lord John Browne. In addition, he served as the vice president of the Eastern United States for government and public affairs, as well as vice president of government affairs and the environment. Across his span at BP, Mr. McAdams was a major participant in the greening of the company, having been involved in their climate change efforts, clean fuel introductions and strategy for expansion in biofuels, solar and wind. He was a leader in the negotiations for the first New Source Review legal settlement governing the company’s nine U.S. refineries.
 
He has testified numerous times before Congress and federal agencies and has been asked to speak at many prestigious conferences sponsored by the likes of Wharton Business School, Yale, The University of Chicago and Georgetown University. In addition, Mr. McAdams writes a monthly column for one of the leading biofuels magazines.
 
In 2008 and 2012, Mr. McAdams was invited and participated in the Clinton Global initiative as an energy advisor and expert in the area of biofuels.
 
Prior to moving to the private sector, Mr. McAdams served as legislative director to Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) from 1981-1985, where he was responsible for energy and environmental issues. In 1980, he was a field coordinator for President Jimmy Carter’s election campaign. Prior to that, he was a legislative correspondent for Congressman Ray Roberts (D-TX).     
Vice President of Government Relations, NATSO

David Fialkov

David Fialkov directs NATSO‘s legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. He also oversees NATSO’s political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies.

Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov’s focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security.

Director of Industry Relations, Texas A&M Energy Institute

Dr. Brian Conroy

Brian Conroy is the Director of Industry Relations for the Texas A&M Energy Institute as well as the owner of BConroy Consulting LLC.

Brian’s 30-year career spanned an extensive range of experience including business strategy, policy, communications, business management, global sales, licensing, market development, commercialization, university-industry relations, and R&D in the downstream fuels and chemicals industries while working for BP, Amoco, and Phillips Petroleum. Brian worked alongside consulting companies including McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Informa Economics. Brian’s largest strategy contribution focused on creating a fully integrated biofuels business strategy combining elements of land ownership, agriculture production, renewable and petroleum fuels policy and advocacy positioning, advanced biofuels manufacturing technologies, downstream value-chain analysis of the petroleum and biofuels markets, and financial modeling. Brian has been a speaker at various global industry conferences and has been a participant in university-sponsored studies, forums, and speaking engagements including MIT, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, University of Illinois, and Iowa State.

He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a PhD in Chemistry from Indiana University.

CEO, EcoEngneers

Shashi Menon

Shashi Menon is managing partner and CEO of EcoEngineers, a firm specializing in engineering solutions to meet the compliance needs of renewable fuel producers. EcoEngineers provides a broad range of services in the renewable fuel sector including plant design and review, compliance review, on-site verification and certification and technical feasibility studies. Their software and compliance solutions include the popular RIN Quality Assurance Program that has brought liquidity to U.S. biofuel credit markets. Menon holds an MBA form DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in physics and literature from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Executive Vice President, RINAlliance, Inc.

Reo Menning

Reo Menning is Executive Vice President of RINAlliance and manages the strategic and business operations of the organization. Prior to joining RINAlliance, Reo led the largest solid waste agency in Iowa, where she launched and grew new business and community services, drove public affairs and communications strategies, and improved the financial position of the organization through restructuring and operational efficiencies. She’s also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with
14 years of association experience focused on federal and state regulatory advocacy, issue
management and policy development for the chemical industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry-Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in Environmental
Science from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Susan G. Lafferty

Susan Lafferty advises clients on an array of energy and environmental issues impacting the petroleum, biofuels and energy trading industries. Her extensive practice covers regulatory, commercial and policy issues related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), renewable identification number (RIN) trading, state low carbon fuel standards (LCFS), gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) requirements, and shipping all types of commodities by rail, vessel or truck. She also advises clients on daily trading and commercial matters as well as significant enforcement actions.

Susan represented more than 15 companies in RIN enforcement proceedings that led to the implementation of the EPA’s Interim Enforcement Policies and Quality Assurance Program, as well as refiners and importers facing enforcement actions under the broader mobile source program. Susan led the representation of a renewable fuel trader that EPA alleged exported renewable fuel without retiring RINs. She is a sought-after speaker on regulatory and agency actions, is quoted frequently on fuels issues, and co-authored a white paper for the Bipartisan Policy Center entitled “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

In addition, Susan works with clients to develop risk management and mitigation tools to address potential spills or releases that may occur when transporting and storing products like crude oil, distillates, liquefied natural gas and coal. She has helped her clients navigate crude-by-rail matters, including the new regulatory requirements and responses to some of the largest accidents involving crude oil shipped by rail. To this end, as a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)’s Crisis Management team, Susan helps clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation.

Executive Vice President, Petroleum Equipment Institute

Rick Long

Rick Long is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI). Rick also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the TulsaLetter and the PEI Journal. He is a member of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Committee on Vehicular Alternative Fuels.

Prior to joining PEI in 2009 as General Manager and Associate General Counsel, Rick owned and operated a Tulsa-based firm that provided marketing, communications and strategic services for leading for-profit organizations and non-profit associations, including PEI. During his career, he has written hundreds of articles advising large and small businesses on management, marketing, legal issues and technical matters.

Rick earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree, with high honors, from Southern Methodist University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from the University of Texas in Austin. Before entering the world of communications and association management, Rick practiced law in Tulsa.

Marketing Issues Manager of Downstream & Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute

Prentiss Searles

Prentiss is the Marketing Issues Manager at the American
Petroleum Institute where he is the primary liaison to the retail fuel
marketing associations and is responsible for governmental
policies that affect relationships between API members and their
customers. He is also responsible for environmental and
operational issues at retail stations, and for the API standards in
this area.

Over his 20-year career at API, Prentiss has developed international standards for
pipelines and refinery equipment and managed environmental and operational issues affecting marketing and rail. He has testified before the US Senate, federal agencies, and state legislatures.

Prior to his work at API, Prentiss worked as an electrical and systems engineer for a Maryland-based defense contractor. He has degrees from George Washington University and Louisiana Tech University and he received the designation of Certified Association Executive in June 2006. Prentiss has been married for 25 years and has three children.

Director of Refined Fuels Marketing, CHS Inc.

Akhtar Hussain

Akhtar Hussain is Director of Refined Fuels Marketing at CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com), a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.

Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. CHS preferred stock is listed on the NASDAQ at CHSCP.

Vice President of Fuels, Kum & Go

Matthew Spackman

Matt Spackman is vice president of fuels at Kum & Go, where he has responsibility for all aspects of the fuel procurement and retail strategies, including pricing, distribution, and trading. Prior to moving into the fuels role, Matt held the role of vice president of business insights and analytics at Kum & Go, with responsibility for making data analysis a key component of the overall strategy for success of the organization, including predictive modeling, voice of the customer analytics, real estate support, loyalty program analytics, and promotion evaluation. Prior to joining Kum & Go, Matt held similar positions at the insurer Aviva and the boutique HR analytics company, Talent Plus. In addition, Matt was a tenured faculty member in the psychology department at Brigham Young University, where his teaching focused on statistics and applied research courses. Matt received his Ph.D. in psychology from Georgetown University.

Executive Director, Fuels Institute

John Eichberger

John Eichberger is Executive Director of The Fuels Institute, a non-profit, independent think tank founded and managed by NACS, the association for convenience and fuel retailing. Drawing diverse stakeholders from the vehicle and fuels industries, the Institute encourages multi-industry collaboration and produces credible, independent analytical reports to better inform business leaders and policymakers about opportunities and challenges in the vehicles and fuels markets.

Founded in 2013, the Fuels Institute has delivered influential reports on driver demographics and consumer behavior, future trends of vehicle technologies, the market performance and potential of E85, the effect of fuel prices on vehicle purchase decisions, the expanding role of diesel fuel in the U.S., and various other market-relevant topics.

John previously served more than 14 years at NACS, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations and previously as Director of Motor Fuels. In these roles, he oversaw the association’s comprehensive advocacy operations and represented the industry before the media and federal government. He joined NACS in 2000, after serving two years as an energy and environment policy advisor to Rep. Greg Ganske of Iowa.

With more than 17 years of related experience, John is a recognized expert on motor fuels and the fuels retailing industry. He has testified before Congress, regularly speaks to a wide variety of industry groups, is frequently seen as a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is often quoted by national media outlets.

Regulatory Affairs Manager, PMCI

John Maynes

John Maynes is regulatory affairs manager at the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa and has served the industry the past 11 years after receiving his Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of South Dakota School of Law. John’s responsibilities include assisting companies with regulatory and government compliance issues. He is primarily responsible for renewable fuels compliance and transportation issues but also is adept at the tax issues and aboveground tank questions that come in.

Manager New Business Development, Source North America Corporation

Jeff Dzierzanowski

Jeff Dzierzanowski is employed by Source North America Corporation. Source is one of the largest fueling equipment distributors in the United States. Jeff is a 32 year petroleum equipment veteran. He is a recognized expert on fueling equipment and infrastructure compatibilities with bio fuels. He has sat on various industries work groups and committees. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association.

Technical Manager, PMMIC

Brian Pottebaum

Brian Pottebaum, Technical Manager at PMMIC, is a licensed petroleum storage tank
inspector with more than 18 years of experience with regulatory requirements and loss control oversight of petroleum storage tank systems. He has been involved with more than 30,000 system inspections.

Brian has been recognized for his role in developing and conducting detailed training sessions for petroleum storage tank owner/operators, inspectors, installers and regulatory personnel. In addition, he is the senior customer service representative for people with questions on regulatory requirements and management of their petroleum storage.

PMMIC has been insuring tanks with ethanol since our inception and began insuring E85 tanks in 2005. Since 2011, the company has treated E15 exactly like E10 for compatibility purposes. Today, they insure more than one hundred E15 retail locations in Iowa alone. If the tank system is compatible with E10, they will insure the tank system with blends up to E15.

Robbery & Crisis Management Consultant, SHAZAMNetwork Inc.

Mike Burke

In 2016, Mike joined the SHAZAM Network with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, criminal justice instruction and homeland security. His expertise helps SHAZAM’s clients enhance their security measures and ensure regulatory compliance.

While in law enforcement, Mike served as a detective investigating crimes such as bank robberies, embezzlement, homicides and narcotics violations. He testified as an expert witness numerous times in state and federal court about narcotics distribution. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recognized Mike for outstanding service and meritorious acts in the investigation and prosecution of a methamphetamine trafficking organization. After leaving law enforcement, Mike developed, implemented and taught a thriving criminal justice program at Iowa Central Community College. During his tenure, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) recognized Mike several times as a Master Presenter.

After 9/11, Mike was asked to serve as founding director of the Iowa Central Homeland Security Training Center. He developed, implemented and delivered critical homeland security curriculum, training more than 40,000 of the first responders responsible for saving us each day.

Mike served as a member of Iowa’s Education and Training Advisory Council (EdTrac) and the Homeland Security Training Council. During this time, Mike conducted threat assessments for government facilities. He was recognized for his initiative and implementation of Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) active-shooter training in Iowa.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in management science, with a minor in psychology, from Buena Vista University in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He’s also a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, Iowa. In his spare time, Mike enjoys fishing, golfing, and sports photography.

Senior Business Advisor, Meridian Associates, Inc.

John Kimmel

John Kimmel has the valuable experience of growing up in a multi-generational family business that started small, but grew to become a floor covering giant. This experience gave him a unique perspective on the threats, challenges, and opportunities facing family-owned businesses. A published author, John specializes in business leadership, especially in the areas of company culture and communication. As the Senior Business Advisor at Meridian Associates, John works solely with petroleum marketers in the United States and Canada.

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