What a Fantastic Conference

Chuck2007 Conference

Once again the National Biodiesel Conference was bigger and better. The last official registration total was 3,800 which is a big gain over last year. It’s been fun being your Biodiesel Blogger again this year and I hope to see you in Orlando, FL next year. Keep in mind that you can scroll back through all the posts from this … Read More

James Carville & Mary Matalin on Stage

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At our general session this morning we got the political perspective from both sides of the aisle. On hand were James Carville and Mary Matalin. The couple have figured out how to get along even though they look at life through very different political eyes. After their presentation they conducted a short question and answer session with the press and … Read More

Influencer Award – Bill & Cindy Mack

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Each year the National Biodiesel Board bestows the “Eye on Biodiesel” awards, designed to recognize individuals and groups who have advanced the board’s mission of public education and industry growth. The awards were presented by NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann (left) and NBB CEO Joe Jobe (right). Award for: Influencer – Bill and Cindy Mack. Bill and Cindy Mack, known and … Read More

Innovation Award – Gene Hemphill

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Each year the National Biodiesel Board bestows the Eye on Biodiesel awards, designed to recognize individuals and groups who have advanced the board’s mission of public education and industry growth. The awards were presented by NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann (left) and NBB CEO Joe Jobe (right). Michael Peterson is pictured in the hat. Award for: Innovation “Gene Hemphill/New Holland Co., … Read More

Inspiration Award – Brie Mathews & Mike Ferry

Chuck2007 Conference, Audio

Each year the National Biodiesel Board bestows the “Eye on Biodiesel” awards, designed to recognize individuals and groups who have advanced the board’s mission of public education and industry growth. The awards were presented by NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann (left) and NBB CEO Joe Jobe (right). Award for: Inspiration – Brie Mathews and Mike Ferry/San Francisco Fire Department. The San … Read More

Impact Award – Steve Levy

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Each year the National Biodiesel Board bestows the “Eye on Biodiesel” awards, designed to recognize individuals and groups who have advanced the board’s mission of public education and industry growth. The awards were presented by NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann (left) and NBB CEO Joe Jobe (right). Award for: Impact – Sprague Energy – Steve Levy. A progressive Northeastern petroleum distributor … Read More

Industry Partnership Award – Rod Lawrence

Chuck2007 Conference, Audio

Each year the National Biodiesel Board bestows the “Eye on Biodiesel” awards, designed to recognize individuals and groups who have advanced the board’s mission of public education and industry growth. The awards were presented by NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann (left) and NBB CEO Joe Jobe (right). Award for: Industry Partnership – Rod Lawrence/Magellan Midstream Partners LP, Manager of Quality and … Read More

AllThingsBiodiesel.com

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The National Biodiesel Board has launched a one-stop marketplace for biodiesel interests to do business over the Internet. It’s AllThingsBiodiesel.com, and was introduced at the Conference. AllThingsBiodiesel.com takes its place as the world’s largest biodiesel marketplace, focusing on products, services and industry-related companies. A variety of services assembled within it include online ads and classified ads, the biodiesel store and … Read More

John Deere Perspective

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I want to thank our sponsor for this year’s Biodiesel Conference Blog, John Deere, represented here by Don Borgman. The conference is winding down with the NBB Board meeting and a few workshops still taking place. I’m headed home but have a number of posts that I’ll add within the next day, including all the Eye on Biodiesel award winners. … Read More

Biodiesel Willie

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The Emily Richards concert is over now and in case you missed it we have some audio and video for you. Last year Emily performed a Biodiesel Willie song which she remixed for this year with her new band. I’ve got the live version for you here in both video form and audio. Listen to the Biodiesel Willie Song live … Read More

New Biodiesel Willie Song From Emily Richards

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Emily Richards and her band came by the media room this afternoon in advance of their performance tonight which I’ll be attending. We sat down for a group interview in which I found out why they’re involved. Listen to my Emily Richards Band (2012AM) interview here: Emily Richards Interview (6 min MP3) Listen to the Biodiesel Willie Song here: Biodiesel … Read More

Keynote Speaker Dr. John Stoessinger

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The keynote speaker here at the Conference today was Dr. John Stoessinger. He is an author of books like “Why Nations Go To War.” I think he has a very interesting story to tell and I interviewed him about his message to this audience. One of the things he focuses on is summed up by the word “gratitude.” He has … Read More

Chairman’s Report

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NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann took to the stage today and gave us a great overview of what the organization is doing. He mentioned that the word biodiesel is now in the dictionary for the first time. You can learn a lot about what NBB is doing, especially in the area of quality control. Darryl talks about the growth of the … Read More

DaimlerChrysler Announcement

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DaimlerChrysler representative Deb Morrissett was on hand again this year and spoke at this morning’s general session. She made an announcement that the company would provide a nice purchase incentive for NBB board and staff members as a way to show support and thanks for all the work they do to help further the promotion and development of biodiesel. I … Read More

Governing Board

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The Governing Board of the National Biodiesel Board was honored on stage this morning. These people represent all segments of the biodiesel industry and were featured in a very well done video presentation where they basically provided testimony to what the organization is doing in a personal way. Biodiesel Conference Blog sponsored by Share this:ShareEmailPrint

Ride and Drive Time

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The Ride & Drive is bigger and better than ever here at the Conference this year. If you want, you can drive any of several vehicles like this EcoTrek Biodiesel Hummer H2 SUT. You can see a list of all the vehicles involved here: Ride & Drive List (pdf file) If you’re interested you can also see a list of … Read More

Emily Richards has arrived

Chuck2007 Conference

At the Merle Haggard concert last night tonight’s music arrived on the scene. It’s Emily Richards (center) and her band. They’ll be playing this evening and I’m really looking forward to it. Emily played an awesome concert last year. She’s going to stop by the media room today for an interview which I’ll post for you later. She said she’s … Read More

Volkswagen Sponsors Merle Haggard

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Volkswagen was the sponsor of last night’s Merle Haggard concert. Several representatives from the company were on hand. Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Norbert Krause, Director of Engineering and Environmental Office for Volkswagen of America, Kristen Cleven, Volkswagen Governmental Affairs, Merle and Davide Geanacopoulos, Director of Industry/Government Relations. Volkswagen is a gold sponsor of the Conference and supplied 2 … Read More

Merle Haggard Rocks With Biodiesel

Chuck2007 Conference, Audio

One of the newest stars to advocate biodiesel is Merle Haggard. The legendary country star performed for attendees at this year’s Conference after meeting with the press and the board of the National Biodiesel Board. Before coming to the auditorium where he performed though his bus got a fill up with biodiesel. During the press conference Merle said that he … Read More

Interview With The Chairman

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The chairman of the National Biodiesel Board is Darryl Brinkmann, seen here on the left during a rehearsal session yesterday with Larry Hagman and Daryl Hannah. I spoke with Darryl today about how this conference is growing and what he sees as challenges facing the biodiesel business even in light of all the growth that’s taking place. Darryl says that … Read More