Agenda

Sunday, February 16, 2014
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration, Mediterranean Foyer 1-3
Monday, February 17, 2014
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Registration, Mediterranean Foyer 1-3
7:00 am - 2:15 pm
Networking Day Trip
Grab n’go breakfast and coffee available at Porte Cochere in the JW Marriott’s meeting space.  Buses will depart from Porte Cochere promptly at 7:45 am.
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Annual Golf Tournament, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
Breakfast and coffee available at The Turn at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club beginning at 7:00 am.  It's a three minute walk from the JW Marriott to the course.  Shot gun start promptly at 8:00 am.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by Fagen, Inc.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Registration, Mediterranean Foyer 1-3
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by CoBank and Farm Credit Services of America
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Welcome Remarks, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Neill McKinstray, President, Ethanol Group, The Andersons, Inc.
Chairman, RFA Board of Directors 
8:15 am - 8:45 am
State of the Industry Address, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association 
8:45 am - 9:15 am
Keynote Address, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Dave Whikehart, Director, Product Supply and Optimization, Marathon Petroleum Company
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Impact of the RFS on the Ethanol Industry of Today and Tomorrow, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
A timely discussion about RFS implementation issues, as well as RINs and their impact on ethanol and gasoline markets.
Moderator: Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President, Research & Analysis, RFA
Bruce Babcock, Cargill Chair of Energy Economics, Iowa State University
Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist, University of Illinois at Chicago and Genscape, Inc.
10:15 am - 10:40 am
Refreshment Break, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by CHS Renewable Fuels Marketing
10:40 am - 11:45 am
Breaking Down the Blend Wall Panel Discussion, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Infrastructure experts will discuss efforts underway to expand options for retailers and overall availability of ethanol blends above E10.
Moderator: Robert White, Director of Market Development, RFA
Bruce Sprague, Product Manager, Gilbarco Veeder-Root
Patrick Jeitler, Dispenser Product Manager - North America, Wayne, A GE Energy Business
Steve Walk, VP of Business Development, Protec
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
The Growing Global Ethanol Industry Panel Discussion, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Featuring ethanol advocates from around the world in a Q&A format to discuss how government policies and marketplace demands are impacting global ethanol production and use.
Moderator: Bliss Baker, Spokesperson, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
Scott Thurlow, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Robert Vierhout, Secretary-General, ePURE
Joel Velasco, Senior Advisor to Board of UNICA
Jayant Godbole, President and Director PRAJ Americas, Inc.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch, Coquina Ballroom
Featuring the Washington Insiders' Roundtable
An annual favorite, this lively discussion presents the views of various interest groups regarding federal activity impacting ethanol and gasoline markets.    
Moderator: Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Jon Doggett, Vice President, Public Policy, National Corn Growers Association
Bob Greco, Group Director, Downstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
Aaron Whitesel, Senior Manager, Federal Government Affairs, DuPont
Kris Kiser, President and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc.
Shane Karr, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Advanced Ethanol: Building Plants, Coming Online, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Leaders in the advanced biofuel sector will discuss their efforts to bring commercial advanced ethanol production online.
Moderator: Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council
Christopher Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, Inc.
Kenneth Hill, Business Development/Licensing Leader, DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol
Delayne Johnson, CEO, Quad County Corn Processors
Steve Hartig, General Manager - Licensing, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Refreshment Break, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by Clariant
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions:

Co-Products Marketplace Opportunities, Palazzo D
Experts will present the existing market and growth opportunities for ethanol co-products both domestically and abroad.
Moderator: Kelly Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs, RFA
Randy Ives, Director, Ethanol Services, Gavilon, LLC
Alvaro Cordero, Manager of Global Trade, U.S. Grains Council
Brian Kerr, Research Leader/Lead Scientist, USDA ARS
David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, National Grain and Feed Association

Presenting the Ethanol Business Case to Fuel Retailers, Palazzo A/B/C
Learn how to effectively approach fuel retailers to encourage them to install blender pumps and offer mid-level ethanol blends.
Robert White, Director of Market Development, RFA

Managing Risk in a Changing Marketplace, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
From drought to abrupt regulatory changes, today’s markets are rife with risk. Hear from experts on weather risk, commodity markets, and carbon-based fuel regulations and learn how to turn risk into reward.
Moderator: Joe Needham, Director, Corporate Business Development and Public Policy, The Andersons, Inc.
Brian O’Hearne, President and CEO, eWeatherRisk, Inc.
Jason Sagebiel, Director, Renewable Fuels Group, INTL FC Stone
Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist, University of Illinois at Chicago and Genscape, Inc.

Communications and Social Media War Room, Palazzo E
Learn tools and strategies to become a more effective voice for ethanol in your local community. 
Moderator: Christina Martin
, Executive Vice President, RFA
Anne O'Neil, Vice President, The Glover Park Group (Fuels America)
Michael Fleischer, Senior Vice President, Direct Impact
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Networking Reception featuring Led Zeppelin 2, Valencia Lawn
sponsored by Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration, Mediterranean Foyer 1-3
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by Genscape, Inc.
8:00 am - 8:10 am
RFA 2014 Industry Award, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
8:10 am - 8:30 am
Featured Speaker Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Christopher Grundler, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will address issues related to the Renewable Fuel Standard and EPA's proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO).
8:30 am - 9:20 am
Engine Experts Talk Ethanol Discussion, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Leading auto, motorcycle and small engine specialists will present their experience with ethanol fuels in the real world.
Moderator: Bobby Likis
, President and CEO, Bobby Likis Car Clinic
Dr. Andrew Randolph, Technical Director, Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines
Brian H. West, Deputy Director, Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bryan O'Neill, ASE-Certified Auto Service Consultant - Bobby Likis Car Clinic/PreRepair® and Vice President - Iron Order International Motorcycle Club, Pensacola Chapter
9:20 am - 10:10 am
Driving Through the Blend Wall: Auto Perspective, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Hear from automotive companies their outlook for ethanol’s role in the fuel marketplace and where they see value for increased ethanol use.
Moderator: Kristy Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, RFA
Bill Woebkenberg, U.S. Fuels Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
Coleman Jones, Biofuels Manager, General Motors
Robert McCormick, Fuels Performance Platform Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
10:10 am - 10:30 am
Refreshment Break, Mediterranean Foyer 4-8
sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Tearing Down State Level Blend Walls Update, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Learn of successful efforts to date to remove barriers at the state level to increased ethanol blends, and the additional work that remains to be done.
Kristy Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, RFA
Randy Jennings, Director of Program Operations, Tennessee Department of Agriculture - Division of Consumer & Industry Services
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Regulatory Crackdown on Rail Transport, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Keep the trains on the tracks. High profile train derailments have led to an urgency to improve safety, but is the focus of current government proposals on railcars the right answer?
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Ed Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Expanding the Global Marketplace for U.S. Ethanol, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
The need to expand ethanol sales opportunities outside U.S. borders has never been greater.  Learn about potential areas for growth and what industry is doing to foster those opportunities.
Moderator: Ed Hubbard, General Counsel, RFA
Chad Martin, CEO, Eco-Energy
Plinio Nastari, President and CEO, DATAGRO Consulting
Cora Dickson, Senior International Trade Specialists, U.S. Department of Commerce
12:30 pm
Closing Remarks, Mediterranean Ballroom 4-8
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association