Nathan VanderGriend currently serves as the president and CEO and a director of ERI Solutions, Inc., which provides regulatory compliance and risk control services for a variety of industries with a strong presence in biofuels. He joined the company at its inception in 2007. VanderGriend also services on the board of ERM SPC, Ltd. a captive reinsurance company, and Mission-Haiti a non-profit service organization. As a northwest Iowa native, Mr. VanderGriend has a keen interest in sustaining rural communities through promoting the success of agriculture through biofuels.
Ray was the founding member of Big River Resources and a longtime Growth Energy Board member. We are all better off for knowing him and our community will feel this loss deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and staff on this difficult day. You will be missed, Ray.
To those of us within it, the ethanol industry often feels like a big family. Today that entire family mourns the loss of one of our own, Ray Defenbaugh. We will always remember his relentless spirit — his honesty, optimism, humor, and especially his fierce, fierce loyalty.