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FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Governors' Biofuels Coalition's announces new chair, vice chair, and The Andersons' Ethanol Group president retires.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | April 12, 2019

Minn., S.D. governors serve on Governors’ Biofuels Coalition’s 2019 Leadership Team

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will serve as chair of the 2019 Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will serve as vice chair.

For over 20 years, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has provided regional and national leadership on biofuels policy. The bipartisan group is comprised of governors from across the nation.

“I look forward to working with Gov. Noem to advance the bipartisan work of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition,” Walz said. “The production and use of biofuels increases family incomes in rural America, diversifies our nation’s energy portfolio, and provides consumers a choice at the fuel pump.

“We must adopt state and national policies that grow a biofuels industry vital to our states’ economies and the nation’s need to reduce carbon and other harmful emissions,” Walz added.

“I’m honored to serve as vice chair of the coalition and to continue working to strengthen the energy independence of our states and nation,” Noem said. “Minnesota, South Dakota and all members of the Coalition continue to play a major role in the nation’s energy policies.”


The Andersons’ Mike Irmen retires

Michael Irmen, president of the Ethanol Group for The Andersons Inc., will retire in July. James Pirolli, vice president and general manager of the Ethanol Group, assumed the role of group president April 1. Irmen will provide transition assistance until his retirement and oversee the start-up of the company’s new ethanol joint venture, Element LLC.

“We are extremely grateful for all the work Mike has done to grow our ethanol business,” said Pat Bowe, president and CEO of The Andersons. “Through his leadership, the Ethanol Group has achieved record performance in productivity, expanded its portfolio of high-value coproducts and entered into new markets.”

Irmen began his career with The Andersons in 1977 as a grain trainee in Champaign, Illinois. He went on to work in a variety of merchandising and risk management positions within the former Grain Group. He was one of the first leaders of the ethanol team when it was formed in 2005. He was named vice president of the Ethanol Group in 2012 and president in 2016.

Pirolli joined The Andersons in 2017 after serving as vice president of fuels for Kum & Go convenience stores in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Kum & Go, he led the development of one of the nation’s largest retail portfolios of biofuel blends that included E85, E15 and biodiesel. Jim also spent 13 years at ADM, holding various leadership roles in its grain, ethanol and oilseed processing divisions.

“Jim has extensive experience in the biofuels industry and has been an excellent addition to The Andersons,” Bowe said. “I am excited for him to join my leadership team and to continue serving the company as Ethanol Group president.”