WASHINGTON, DC — Each year BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine honor an individual with the High Octane award at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW). This year’s recipient is Tom Buis, Growth Energy’s Co-Chairman and former CEO. The award represents the highest honor given at FEW and recognizes a person whose commitment and passion made significant strides in helping the ethanol industry mature and progress over the years. In honor of this award, Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor released the following statement:
“Tom’s unrivaled dedication to improving people’s lives through renewable fuels and agriculture is commendable and the vast accomplishments made under his leadership for our industry will not be forgotten. We extend the sincerest congratulations to him on this impressive award and express our deepest gratitude for all his work and continued commitment to America’s ethanol industry.
“In his time as CEO, Tom successfully thwarted any legislative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) despite the fact that this was the number one priority for the American Petroleum Institute and other special interest groups who fought our industry at every turn. His accomplishments also include the submission and approval of the Green Jobs Waiver to allow E15 in 21st century vehicles, a NASCAR partnership to promote E15 to millions of consumers, foreign market development initiatives, a successful political campaign in Iowa that made the RFS a top issue for presidential contenders and an effort in comment submissions to the U.S. EPA for the 2014-2016 rule on renewable volume obligations that eventually broke the blend wall for the first time, just to name a few.
“Tom has been a steadfast champion for driving our country forward with clean, homegrown ethanol. He has been an agent of progress and has moved the needle for this industry significantly with unrivaled passion and tireless commitment. We are proud to have him in our corner and grateful for all he has accomplished.”
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