Growth Energy CEO Steps Down – DTN

    Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis announced today he will step down as CEO of the renewable fuels lobby group and become co-leader of the Growth Energy board of directors, along with Jeff Broin, the founder of POET, a company that builds and manages biofuels plants.

    Buis, a former National Farmers Union president, will continue to run day-to-day operations until a new CEO is found, Growth Energy stated, noting that “In his new role Buis will remain actively involved in member activities and policy matters important to the industry.”

    Buis is the first CEO of Growth Energy, which began in 2008 as the biofuels industry began pushing back against petroleum companies and food processors during the height of the “food versus fuel” debate as the Renewable Fuels Standard began to take off.

    “I love this job and I love advocating for an industry that means so much for America,” Buis said. “As co-chair, I will remain engaged in growing membership and advocating for policies that benefit American farmers and consumers, but I’m also at a point in life where I’m ready to assume more of a guiding role as a leader on the board.

    “I am proud of the accomplishments we have had at Growth Energy, as it has grown from a startup to the largest trade association representing the ethanol industry in America,” Buis said.

    Broin praised Buis for his leadership at the organization. “He is a tireless advocate not only for ethanol but for rural America and for every driver in America. I’m thankful that he is willing to continue to provide insight and guidance for this industry now and in the future,” Broin said.

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