Jurisdictions like Portland, Oregon, California and others are seriously considering and passing policies that amount to sever reductions or all-out bans on petroleum diesel. What would a shift to higher blends of biodiesel, Bioheat® fuel and renewable diesel mean in terms of supply, infrastructure and acceptance? This session will explore those implications, and how our industry can best position itself to leverage those opportunities while embracing B50-to-B100 technologies. We’ll also hear from our neighbors to the north, who may help fill the vast demand created on the coasts.
Colin Huwyler is a veteran of the renewable fuels industry. Prior to becoming CEO of Optimus, he was the founder and CEO of Fossil Free Fuel, a renewable fuel company, and was the Director of Research and Technology at Steel City Biofuels, a biodiesel program of Penn State University. Huwyler is the co-inventor on a number of Optimus patents, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned a certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.
The Nazzaro Group
Paul Nazzaro is President of The Nazzaro Group and has represented Clean Fuels since 1996 in the capacity of Supply Chain Liaison. He focuses on ensuring the successful commercialization of low carbon liquid fuels nationally. He has developed and implemented countless training and communication programs to advance the growth of these fuels. He also presides over Advanced Fuel Solutions, a performance additive organization serving terminals, wholesalers and fuel distributors throughout the nation. Nazzaro serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and countless other state Bioheat® fuel industry groups.
CEO and President
RW Beckett Corp
Kevin A. Beckett is the president and chief executive officer of the R.W. Beckett Corporation located in North Ridgeville, Ohio, now in its 86th year. Beckett acquired Fida Srl in Italy in 2019, expanding its global footprint in heating components. In 2021, Beckett added Westwood Products (relocated to Ohio), Delavan Spray LLC in Bamberg, S.C., and Delavan LTD in Widnes, UK. These acquisitions affirm Beckett’s strong commitment to the liquid fuels market and enabling the fastest carbon reduction solution for the northeast, while providing safe, reliable, and affordable heat. Beckett joined the family of companies in 1991, and succeeded his father, John D. Beckett, as CEO in November 2003, beginning the third generation of leadership of the R.W. Beckett Corporation
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Ian Thomson serves as President of Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC). Thomson heads up ABFC’s industry and member engagement, and broadly represents the sector’s interests with governments, associated fuels sectors, NGOs, and other stakeholders. He has over 25 years of experience in strategic change, operations and industry development, with expertise in policy implementation, strategic planning, market development and sustainability. He is a Partner of Waterfall Group, Vancouver BC.
Chris is responsible for the day-to-day financial and regulatory management HERO BX overall. He brings over 20 years of experience managing the regulatory requirements mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and various state departments of transportation excise tax divisions. Petersen is also responsible for feedstock procurement and all commodity hedging activities across HERO BX. He earned a Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Communication and Accounting from Penn State Erie – The Behrend College and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Gannon University. Summer weekend nights will find Petersen enjoying the excitement of dirt late model racing as he pilots #25 screaming around the speedway track.
Director of State Governmental Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America
Floyd Vergara serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. He manages the West Coast office in Sacramento, California, and manages a team of professionals responsible for government affairs in all 50 states. Previously, Vergara served as Chief and Assistant Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division and Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. With over three decades of experience at CARB, his expertise includes the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Vergara is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licensed attorney with a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.