National Biodiesel Foundation Elects New Board of Directors

Dec 03, 2018

The National Biodiesel Foundation supports biodiesel research and education.

Contact: Jill Hamilton

Tom Verry welcomes Dave Walton to the FoundationSt. Louis, MO – National Biodiesel Foundation directors voted last week to elect Dave Walton to the Board. The Foundation’s mission is to accomplish outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel. The Foundation works closely with the National Biodiesel Board. When asked about joining the Board, Walton stated, “I’m pleased to be joining the board and support its mission. I believe the Foundation is critical to educating the public about biodiesel and getting it into the marketplace. I look forward to helping move the industry forward.”

Executive Director Tom Verry added, “In 2019, we look forward to continuing to support and fund partnerships working on research and sustainability projects that show the benefits and quality of biodiesel. Our leadership strives to address national issues affecting us all – cleaner air, greater economic development for rural communities, and sustainability.

Walton, who also represents the Iowa Soybean Association, joins several biofuel industry leaders currently serving on the Foundation Board:

* Jeff Lynn, President and with the Illinois Soybean Association

* Mark Caspers, Vice President and with the United Soybean Board

* Lindsay Fitzgerald, Secretary and Treasurer and with the Renewable Fuels Group

* Matt Jaegers, Emergent Green Energy

* Rob Shaffer, American Soybean Association

* David Womack, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board

The Board voted in officers with Jeff Lynn returning as president, Mark Caspers returning as Vice President and Lindsay Fitzgerald returning as Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, the Board approved funding to continue several educational projects, including the New York Congressional Tour expected to take place this Spring.

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum, creating jobs and improving the environment. The Foundation works with industry supporting young scientists with grants to attend and participate in research and sustainability projects, showcasing biodiesel and bioheat use in urban communities, and partnering with Universities to conduct research and update modeling (such as the global economic database GTAP).