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Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is Research Geneticist in the Crop Breeding and Genetics Research Unit in the USDA-ARS laboratory located at Tifton, Georgia. His primary responsibilities are to develop warm-season grass cultivars for use as forages and biomass feedstock, and develop management practices to incorporate these species into cropping systems. The primary traits of interest are increased biomass yields with physical or chemical attributes that improve forage digestibility or reduce biomass recalcitrance. Bill was recently named as co-leader of the ARS southeastern regional bioenergy center, and is working to facilitate deployment of an infrastructure-compatible biofuels industry in the region by advancing herbaceous crops as feedstock.

Brent Bailey

Brent Bailey

Brent Bailey is a 1994 graduate of the Mississippi State University Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering where he obtained his B.S. degree. In 1999, Brent went to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation to become the organization’s Environmental Programs Coordinator and served in that capacity for over seven years. In 2006, Brent began an association with the 25x’25 Initiative and serves as the Southeast Facilitator for state alliance activities. He is working with agriculture and forestry leaders to mobilize support for renewable energy solutions, and communicating to the public agriculture and forestry’s potential role in a new national energy strategy.

 
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Bob Evans

Bob Evans is the President/Founder of RJ Evans & Associates, Inc, whose mission is to be the leading integrity-based retained search firm focused on identifying, assessing and delivering world class leaders in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

Tom Klindt

Tom Klindt

Dr. Tom Klindt served as Interim Dean of the Agricultural Experiment Station for seven years prior to retiring from The University of Tennessee in 2008. He advanced a number of innovative research programs to address high-priority issues that significantly impact Tennessee’s agricultural economy. Among his more notable accomplishments is the work to establish the Sun Grant Initiative, and to bring the Southeastern Regional Center to UT. Additionally, Tom directed efforts to build the research capacity and broader program capabilities in bioenergy and biofuels research, including the UT Biofuels Initiative.

 
Greg Letarte

Greg Letarte

Greg Letarte has 35 years of experience in various capacities with manufacturing, consulting and equipment manufacturing companies. He led Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s engineering function supporting 47 facilities across five business units in North America. Mr. Letarte successfully created systems and processes necessary to develop and deploy a multi-million dollar capital program comprised of 500+ projects. Since 2008, Mr. Letarte has led LP’s efforts to research, identify, and develop business opportunities with regard to emerging biomass conversion technologies that are complimentary to LP’s primary manufacturing platforms. This effort focused on thermo-chemical and bio-chemical conversion technologies, technology developers, US and Canadian policy, development grants and tax incentive programs.

 
Philip Weathers

Philip Weathers

Most recently, Phil was the Director of Operations and Site Manager of the Rentech Energy Technology Center in Commerce City, CO with responsibilities for the overall commissioning, start-up, and operation of the PDU and Integrated BioRefinery. Phil also worked with the management team to develop technology strategies and partnerships to more effectively utilize the facility. Phil spent over 27 years with Eastman Kodak Company in a variety of engineering and management roles including Division Director. Other leadership assignments included the Executive Director of the Higher Education and Advanced Technology Center for the Community Colleges of Colorado.  As Executive Director, Phil served as the link between the Community Colleges and private industry that donated much of the equipment used by students at this site. 

 
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