Invitation to Attend ACE’s 24th Annual Conference

By Brian Jennings | June 13, 2011

The 24th  annual conference of the American Coalition for Ethanol takes place in Des Moines, Iowa, this year and I invite you to mark your calendars and join hundreds of others in the ethanol industry during our event Aug. 22-24. “Rooted in America,” this year’s conference theme, illustrates the grassroots role ACE members play in the industry and the way American ethanol continues to serve our country well.

By far the ethanol industry’s most reasonably-priced event, the ACE conference delivers valuable and useful information to participants. This interactive meeting is ideal for ethanol plant board members, management and staff, investors, employees of goods and service providers to the industry, farmers, students, and any and all individuals interested in catching up on what’s happening in the industry, developing the knowledge and skills needed to promote the industry, and networking with other ethanol industry professionals and advocates.

Keeping with ACE tradition, a number of high-level politicians are expected to address attendees. Among the invited are President Barack Obama, key GOP Presidential candidates, long-time ethanol supporters and Iowa Sens. Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and others. Given the high stakes of ethanol policy reform in Washington, we look forward to hearing from these policymakers and their outlook for the future of the industry.

Ethanol plant board members can look forward to breakout sessions on the top financial and legal challenges facing board members today. Board members will also have an opportunity to develop their leadership abilities: breakout sessions and general session panels will focus on building attendees’ familiarity with industry hot topics and how to be an advocate for the industry.

Many experts and leaders will address attendees throughout the two-day conference, but the real experts you’ll hear from are the backbone and strength of the industry: ACE grassroots members. A number of plant board members, managers and employees will participate as speakers, bringing you the benefit of their firsthand experience. From trips to D.C. to marketing a product, these members will share their stories of how they work to support the industry on a daily basis.

Breakout sessions and general sessions will also cover topics such as managing margins, distillers grains, working with retailers to install blender pumps, EPA greenhouse gas regulations and RINs, exporting ethanol, E15 implementation, NASCAR, and more. Visit to view a list of current topics and speakers.

Thanks to our sponsors, including BBI International, for supporting our event. We’re proud to partner with BBI to support the FEW as well. If your company would like to have a presence at the 24th Ethanol Conference, a limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit the ACE website,, to register. We look forward to seeing you at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Aug. 22-24.

Author: Brian Jennings,
Executive Vice President,
American Coalition for Ethanol