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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

10:00 am - Noon Consultant Speed Dating
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch & Registration
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Keynote Panel: “What Is Our ‘Biofuelture’?”
The concept of “Futurism” encompasses speed, technology, advancement, and progress. Biofuels continues to develop at a rapid pace, with many changes occurring quickly. However, other technologies – the proliferation electric vehicles and the development of other fuels types –as well numerous legislative, social, and environmental changes, are occurring just rapidly. What are the implications of these developments for biofuels’ future in the economic, technological, and regulatory long-term? This panel will pull together industry experts for a thought-provoking and honest look at the “BioFuelture.”
  • Keynote Speaker To Be Announced
  • Technology Speaker To Be Announced
  • Regulatory Speaker To Be Announced
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Industry Best Practices
Is your plant lacking efficiencies that could be improved upon by making changes to the culture of the environment in which your employees operate? Many issues can hinder the continuous improvement that every company strives for while negatively impacting employee hiring and retention. Join us for a Best Practices session where the panel will review ideas that your company may consider to ensure its back-office processes is efficient, effective and compliant given the changing regulatory landscape. We’ll talk specifically about benefits of implementing a paperless solution, tools and opportunities to provide better management of accounting processes, as well as ways to reduce the handling and entry of paperwork.

Experts Available
  • Paper Vs. Paperless – Tina McCullough, Financial Controller, Big River Resources
  • Accounting Process Efficiencies – Steven Squibb, Business Development & Solutions Analyst, Christianson PLLP
  • Electronic Document Exchange – Angela Furney, Project Account Lead & Business Consultant, Christianson PLLP
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Workforce Management
Today’s biofuels workforce boasts more experienced professionals than ever before. Biofuels organizations large and small are faced with the challenges of recruiting, training, and retaining high-quality employees from the executive suite to the production team. In this session, we’ll review recent wage and compensation trends, as well as other trends in labor and workforce management, including tactics for successfully navigating and resolving turnover and succession issues. Finally, we’ll examine how you can “brand” your firm as an employer of excellence in your community, and discuss why “employer branding” is an invaluable component of your recruiting and retention toolkit.

Experts Available
  • Employer Branding and Incentives - Ryan Drook, CEO, Central Indiana Ethanol, LLC
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Social Hour
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Seated Dinner with Entertainment
  • Dinner Speaker – Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, ACE
  • Entertainment To Be Announced
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Ethanol Track: Expansion Versus Diversification
As the ethanol industry continues to mature plants must find a way to diversify or expand its capacity within the constraints of regulatory guidelines and consideration of environmental incentive programs. This session will discuss evaluating your potential options for expansion and diversification including foreign markets, processing corn kernel fiber, and lowering carbon intensity and how each of these areas will affect the company from a regulatory standpoint and potential environmental incentives that can be gained or should be considered.
  • Foreign versus Domestic - Speaker To Be Announced
  • Lowering CI / ACE White Paper - Speaker To Be Announced
  • Corn Kernel Fiber - Paul Sykora, Financial Controller, Enogen
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration - Speaker To Be Announced
Biodiesel Track: Maintaining Biodiesel’s Success Twenty-sixteen (2016) signified another successful year for biodiesel. While the outlook seems strong, there are many changes and some uncertainties expected in the future. Attendees won’t want to miss this in-depth session covering some of the challenges and questions for biodiesel in the coming years. This session will provide a comprehensive look at RINs (specifically RIN pricing and outlook) as well as issues surrounding RIN fraud and liability. We will also explore the economic impact of evolving legislative and policy trends such as tax credits and tariffs, and will provide updates on tax issues and updates pertaining specifically to biodiesel.
  • RIN Pricing and Outlook – Larry Schafer, CEO, Playmaker Strategies, LLC
  • RIN Fraud and Liability – Jim Ramm,, PE, EcoEngineers
  • Legislatures, Politics, and Policy – David Fialkov, Vice President, Government Affairs; Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, NATSO, Inc.
  • Biodiesel Tax Info and Updates – Sarah Snyder, Tax Supervisor, Christianson PLLP
10:00 am - 10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15 am – 11:45 am Immediate Future Mini-Sessions Panel
Join experts for panel comprised to two “mini-sessions” designed to keep you –up-to-date on a variety of changes. The first mini session will discuss the Healthcare Reform bill and its implications, and tax reform and related tax planning considerations. The second min-session will highlight the various tax, compliance, accounting, legislative, and other updates and opportunities affecting the biofuels industry, providing insight on what these changes mean for the immediate future – and how they might affect business in the long-term.

10:15 am - 11:45 am Reforms Highlights
  • Tax Reform - Speaker To Be Announced
  • Healthcare Reform - Speaker To Be Announced
10:15 am - 11:45 am Technical Updates
  • Legislative Updates - Speaker To Be Announced
  • Compliance A&A/Tax Updates - Speaker To Be Announced
  • Grant Opportunities - Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson PLLP
11:45 am - Noon Closing Remarks
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