Past Biodiesel Chairs Honored with Pioneer Award

Clean Fuels Alliance America, formerly known as the National Biodiesel Board, honored some of the pioneers who got the industry to where it is today during the National Biodiesel Conference celebrating 30 years of cleaner fuels.

The eleven past chairs of the National Biodiesel Board were presented with the Kenlon Johannes Pioneer Award. Pioneering a path forward, the past chairs laid the groundwork from technical and legislative efforts to education and awareness. They overcame some of the industry’s biggest hurdles and delivered on many successes.

Their backgrounds are varied, including both farmers and biodiesel producers, but they all shared a passion for the industry and its success. Current Chair Chad Stone honored these past chairs with the Kenlon Johannes Pioneer Award:

Gary Ellington, 1992 – 1995
Jim Gay, 1995 – 1999
Roger Peterson, 1999
Jack Hartman, 1999 – 2001
Bob Metz, 2001 – 2004
Darryl Brinkmann, 2004 – 2007
Ed Hegland, 2007 – 2010
Gary Haer, 2010 – 2013
Steven Levy, 2013 – 2015
Ron Marr, 2015 – 2016
Kent Engelbrecht, 2016 – 2019

Six of the 11 honorees were able to be present at the conference and receive the award in person. Left to right, they are Gary Ellington, Bob Metz, Darryl Brinkmann, Ed Hegland, Ron Marr, and Kent Engelbrecht.

Four former Biodiesel Board chairs sat down with Clean Fuels CEO Donnell Rehagen in the closing session of the conference to talk about the history of the industry.  Listen to the conversation with Ellington, Metz, Hegland, and Engelbrecht. (42:00)

2022 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album