I know this isn’t a Conference-related announcement but it’s big news and we wanted to bring it to you here on the blog too.
The National Biodiesel Board announced today it will be opening an office in Washington, DC, starting March 1, 2006. The office will focus on federal regulatory and legislative issues impacting the biodiesel industry.
In addition to opening its Washington, DC, based governmental affairs office, the industryâ€™s nonprofit coordinating organization is proud to announce Scott Hughes has been promoted from Regulatory Director to Director of Governmental Affairs. As Director of Governmental Affairs, Hughes will have management responsibility for NBBâ€™s state and federal regulatory and legislative programs. Hughes will be 100 percent dedicated to biodiesel legislative issues and coordination, while other members of the team will be partially dedicated to biodiesel issues and specialize in their respective areas.
Hughes brings over 15 years of governmental affairs, public service, and political experience to the position, including having worked on Capitol Hill. In addition, Hughes has worked for NBB for the past three and a half years in regulatory affairs. â€œScott is very knowledgeable about biodiesel and the dynamics of the industry,â€ said Joe Jobe, CEO of NBB. â€œHe has demonstrated tremendous talent and effectiveness as NBB Regulatory Director and is uniquely suited to immediately step into this expanded role to head up our Washington, DC, office.â€ Hughesâ€™s current state regulatory role will be served by contractors yet to be named.
The biodiesel industry has achieved tremendous success from the extraordinary policy leadership of the American Soybean Association. NBB will continue to fully support its very strong partnership with ASA. NBBâ€™s new governmental affairs team is structured to supplement the ongoing work with ASA and to even more effectively coordinate the overall legislative effort.
The NBB federal governmental affairs team has a wealth of industry knowledge and Washington-based governmental affairs experience. It is well prepared to represent the interests and needs of the biodiesel industry.
You can see the full governmental affairs team (pictures/bios) here.