Thank You for 25 Years of Excellence

By Mike Bryan | June 03, 2009
This issue of EPM is being distributed to everyone attending the 25th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. I am honored that so many of you are joining us for this year's event. As the industry grows and matures, BBI continues to strive for an enhanced conference experience—with quality presentations, an expanded expo and more networking opportunities. I hope that each delegate will leave this year's conference with new and useful information and contacts to succeed in this exciting industry.

From its inception in 1985, the FEW has served as an industry catalyst—a globally recognized event helping facilitate the ethanol industry's evolution by providing spot-on technical workshops and invaluable networking forums alongside the largest, most widely attended expo in the business.

This issue of EPM offers several illustrations of how the industry continues to evolve. New process technologies are being perfected in labs and production facilities and will result in greater production yields and better coproducts. From a lab in Ohio to a demonstration-scale plant in Canada, industry members are constantly improving the process of producing ethanol.

Current hot topics are always of great importance, both at the FEW and in every issue of EPM. I expect indirect land use change and greenhouse gas emissions regulations to be areas of interest during this year's event and EPM has provided insightful looks at both of these issues.

As part of this year's FEW, BBI has given two free full-access passes to every existing and under-construction ethanol plant in North America, facilitating the attendance of hundreds of plant employees, executives and board members. We understand that times are tough for many in the industry and it's our way of saying "thank you" and doing what we can to ensure the industry's growth and success. The FEW is, and always will be, a conference tailored to ethanol producers.

I extend a special thanks to the 2009 FEW Program Steering Committee: John Caupert, director, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Samantha Finck, director of technical services, Cascade Grain Products; Gunner Greene, production manager, Energetics; Mick Henderson, general manager, Common Wealth Agri-Energy; Bob Randle, commercial development, Fuel Ethanol, Genencor International; Larry Russo, senior development manager, U.S. DOE; Carl Sitzman, CEO, E Energy Adams LLC; and Mark Stowers, vice president of research and development, Poet LLC. Their in-depth understanding of important technical issues in the industry played a key role in developing a valuable program that is informative and cutting-edge.

Without the support of the many sponsors and industry partners, we simply could not bring this world-class event to you. Please accept my sincere appreciation for your commitment to the industry. I commend you for helping to make the FEW such a successful and meaningful event.

The FEW's real power is as a forum for connecting all aspects of the ethanol industry and cultivating a sustainable and profitable path forward for all. That's what it is after 25 years, and that's what it will be in another 25.

That's the way I see it.

Mike Bryan
Publisher & CEO