ACE honors ethanol industry contributors with 2017 awards

By American Coalition for Ethanol | August 21, 2017

The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of ethanol advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry during its 30th annual conference in Omaha.

The most prestigious award, the Merle Anderson Award, named after the organization’s founder, is given to individuals who display unmatched support and dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry. This year’s award winner was Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board presented Durante with this honor.

“Like Merle Anderson and the many distinguished award recipients recognized by his namesake award, Doug Durante has worked for many years as a tireless champion for ethanol and clean fuels,” Sneller said. “We’ve been fortunate to have the partnership of Durante and his contributions to the ethanol industry over the past 35 years.”

ACE also gives out the Grassroots Award, which is given to a devoted individual or organization that often perform “behind the scenes” to advance the cause of ethanol. Siouxland Ethanol LLC was presented with this year’s award by Liz Bunkers, ACE director of member and industry relations, for the plant’s efforts to go above and beyond to cultivate interest in higher ethanol blends in their community and throughout the country.

“The efforts of this group provide a shining example to others who seek to replicate their success,” Bunkers said. “They have hosted E15 and E30 fuel promotion events and they have worked hard to educate their neighbors about the clean air benefits of our high-octane, low-carbon fuel.”

ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty presented Bosselman Enterprises LLC with the Paul Dana Marketing Vision award. The award is presented to an individual or company that has exhibited leadership in ethanol marketing.

“ACE members recognize Bosselman Enterprises for leadership in committing to offer consumers choice at the pump, including the sale of higher blends like E15 and E85,” Lamberty said.  “The steps taken to provide customers with both choice at the pump, and knowledge through the distribution of informational brochures, sets Bosselman apart as a leader among convenience store chains.”