LCFS, Renewable Fuels and Feedstock

The Jacobsen, as the recognized industry standard for pricing and commentary, will bring together a wide variety of dynamic, experienced and knowledgeable speakers who will offer their assessments of the different variables and factors that affect the biodiesel market. We will look at the market holistically and the forces affecting the market today.

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Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Philip Sheehy

Technical Director

Kevin Stewart

Ethanol and Sugar Cane Ethanol/LCFS credit generation
Eco Energy

Ryan Standard

Animal Fats & Protein Editor
The Jacobsen

Ian Thomson

Advanced Biofuels Canada

Philip Sheehy, PhD is a Technical Director in ICF’s San Diego office. He leads ICF’s team that provides advisory services at the nexus of transportation and carbon-constrained markets, focusing specifically on low carbon fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

Kevin Stewart is a Commercial Manager at Eco-Energy, working with ethanol producer partners to increase the value of each partner’s enterprise. Additionally, Kevin also is the commercial lead for California LCFS. Prior to joining Eco-Energy, he was a Sales Manager at Abengoa Bioenergy and Commodity Buyer at Ralcorp Holdings.

Mr. Standard graduated college in 2003 where he studied Economics. He joined The Jacobsen in 2007 and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Ryan is responsible for the Animal Fats and Feed Bulletins, and is a contributor to the Biodiesel Bulletin.

Ian Thomson is President of Advanced Biofuels Canada, a national industry association representing leading global advanced biofuel producers, project developers and supporters. Since 2005, ABFC has a lead role in Canadian provincial and federal mandates, programs and policies to expand advanced biofuel production and use in Canada.

Bob Van Heuvelen

Principal, Van Heuvelen Strategies

Bob Lane

The Jacobsen

Jason Schwenneker

Executive Director, Sales & Trading at Renewable Energy Group

Bryan Sherbacow

Alt Air Fuels

In 2007, Robert Van Heuvelen launched a legislative policy and strategic consulting firm, Van Heuvelen Strategies, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is advising clients on a wide variety of policy and political issues on Capitol Hill.

Van Heuvelen served for nearly ten years as Chief of Staff to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), where he managed Senator Conrad’s policy and political offices, working daily with members of Congress and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle. He helped Senator Conrad in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, a ranking member of the powerful Finance Committee as well as the Senate Agriculture and Indian Affairs Committee.

Bob Lane is a Commodity Analyst and Editor at The Jacobsen. Bob has more than 15 years experience as a professional trader and analyst. Bob has traded options, futures, and equities on the floors of the CBOT and CBOE, and has experience as an analyst/controller with a real estate asset management company.

As Executive Director, Sales and Trading, Schwenneker oversees the REG team that is focused on delivering finished fuel products, RIN and other compliance credits to customers across the United States and internationally. With 14 commercial-scale biorefineries and over 40 terminals, he is responsible for sales and trading of fuel products, logistics coordination, RIN trading and contracting to help petroleum customers fulfill demand and meet EPA compliance. In 2016, REG sold over 500 million gallons and delivered biodiesel/renewable diesel and co-products to 47 states, 4 provinces in Canada, Europe and South America.

Mr. Bryan J. Sherbacow serves as the President at AltAir Fuels LLC. Mr. Sherbacow Co-Founded at Ethanex Energy, Inc. and served as its Co-Chief Operating Officer. He served as Controller of Ethanex Energy, Inc. and served as its Co-Chief Operating Officer from September 2006 to March 2008. Mr. Sherbacow was an asset manager, investing in both public and private companies..

Adam Thompson

Pasternak Baum

Jennifer Case

Founder & President
New Leaf Biofuel

Justin Heller

Renewable Products Supply Manager at Neste US, Inc

Joe Gershen

President at Encore BioRenewables LLC

Adam has been in the commodity trading business for 10 years. All 10 years have been focused on oilseed processing and vegetable oils. The last 4 years have been with Pasternak, Baum & Co., Inc. trading North American and Latin American vegetable oils. Pasternak, Baum is a leading global oils and fats trading and brokerage firm based in Harrison, New York. Originally from Minnesota, Adam now lives in Connecticut with his wife and 3 young children.

Jennifer is the Chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, California’s only trade organization representing every producer in the state. Jennifer is recognized by her peers as a leader and spokesperson for community sized biodiesel plants across the country, and has testified on their behalf in the Congress and the EPA. Locally, Jennifer is a board member for both the California Restaurant Association and San Diego Clean Cities Coalition.

Justin Heller has recently joined Neste US, Inc. in Houston, TX, as the North American feedstock supply manager, responsible for sourcing yellow grease, used cooking oil, corn oil, and other low CI feedstocks. Justin has been in the biodiesel industry for over 10 years and has extensive knowledge of the biodiesel and related feedstock industries. He has owned and operated multiple companies across the US related to biodiesel production, distribution, and retail.

Joe represents the California Biodiesel Alliance in Sacramento, sits on the California Energy Commission ARFVT Program advisory committee, and has been instrumental in helping several companies in the renewable energy and clean tech sector commercialize technologies, develop business and grow market share.

Andrew Lipow

Lipow Oil Associate

Gene Gebolys

World Energy

Greg Staiti


Sandra Dunphy


Andrew Lipow is the President of Lipow Oil Associates, a consulting firm which he founded in May 2004. Lipow Oil Associates specializes in refinery operations, bulk liquid storage terminals and provides expertise in crude oil and petroleum product trading opportunities. Mr. Lipow is also familiar with the blending of ethanol and biodiesel and its limitations and can provide guidance on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Mr. Gebolys has built a company that plays a leading role in building an industry. World Energy has helped foster biodiesel’s growth in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and all regions of the United States and has been among the most enduring and innovative forces in the space. The company has been recognized by Platts as its Global Downstream Company of the Year and by the US Department of Energy as its Stakeholder of the Year. World Energy now offers over 100 million gallons of production capacity from three manufacturing plants as well as targeted managerial and technical services to the biofuels market.

Greg Staiti, JD, has more than 10 years of experience working with petroleum and renewable fuel companies. Greg specializes in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance. In addition, he has experience in assessing liability risks associated with regulatory non-compliance, advising clients on elective disclosure, negotiation of contracts for physical oil and renewable fuel commodities, as well as renewable and alternative fuels credits. Greg’s specialized and technical industry knowledge allows him to provide exceptional consulting services to his clients.

Sandra Dunphy has more than 25 years of experience working with energy companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia and is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number expert within the United States renewable fuels industry. With a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting, Sandra brings extensive technical experience and knowledge to each of her clients. In addition, Sandra developed a premiere EPA fuel credit trading business in the United States.

Victor Allemandou


Floyd Vergara

California Air Resources Board

Shelby Neal

Director of State Governmental Affair

Larry Schafer

Principal. Playmaker Strategies, LLC

Broker on physical biodiesel and feedstock covering and developing European (Med and Eastern European countries) and South-American Markets. He has already 5 years of experience in the biofuels industry. He started his career in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Victor holds a double degree: Master in Management and a Msc in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School.

Floyd Vergara is Chief of the Industrial Strategies Division at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and has been at ARB for over 29 years. He oversees a number of ARB’s key climate change and air quality programs, including the GHG Scoping Plan; Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy; Cap-and-Trade; Low Carbon Fuel Standard; Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation; conventional fuels programs; and programs dealing with energy, oil and gas production, and waste sectors. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and is licensed to practice in California as a professional engineer and lawyer.

Shelby serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity he is responsible for government relations – both legislative and regulatory – in all 50 state capitals.
Before coming to the National Biodiesel Board, Shelby served as a legislative assistant and legislative director to three members of the United States Congress during a five-year stint in Washington, D.C. More recently, he served as a policy advisor to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.

Mr. Schafer is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on renewable fuels policy. As the lead consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Biodiesel Board, he was one of the main architects of the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for Biomass-based Diesel, and has been instrumental in the continued growth of the RFS Biomass-based Diesel schedule. Mr. Schafer was also intimately involved in the formulation of the original RFS program and the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for the ethanol industry. Mr. Schafer served as the coordinator for the ethanol industry at ASTM International for more than five years and is well-versed on technical marketplace issues relating to transportation fuels.

Joe Jobe

Rock House Advisors

Anne Steckel

VP of Federal Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

Michael McAdams

Sr Policy Advisor
Holland & Knight LLP

Rob Elam

Propel Fuels

Joe Jobe is the President of Rock House Advisors, a consulting firm that provides public policy and business strategy services in the areas of energy, agriculture, and transportation. Joe is a recognized business and thought leader, author, and international speaker, having given keynote speeches in over ten countries. Joe served nearly two decades as the CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, where he was at the fore front of nearly every major federal and state biofuel policy initiative during that time.

Anne Steckel is the Vice President of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. Anne runs the Washington D.C. office, spearheading outreach to the White House, the Congress and manages all federal regulatory efforts. Recently, she led a successful campaign to increase biodiesel levels in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a critical victory for the domestic biodiesel industry. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington, Anne has overseen legislative issues for several members of Congress, including U.S. Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois.

Michael McAdams is a Senior Policy Advisory at Holland & Knight and is the Founder and President of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA). Representing top advanced biofuels companies from around the world, Michael leads the ABFA as it engages state and federal governments at all levels and works with companies to navigate the commercial and regulatory marketplace. Mr. McAdams has testified before Congress and Executive Agencies on multiple occasions.

Rob Elam is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive focused on pioneering companies and projects that embody ideals of sustainability, high quality of life, and healthy communities. Rob is the founder and CEO of Propel Fuels, one of the USA’s largest alternative fuel brands, and Propel Workshop, A Silicon Valley based IP lab and data analytics studio. Rob holds patents in the areas of carbon accounting and behavioral analysis and has co-authored numerous white papers focused on low carbon fuels and consumer adoption. He is a member of the California LCFS Program Review Advisory Panel. He is a wilderness advocate, flyfisher and conservationist.


Wednesday, May 24

Doors Open at 12:00pm

Noon – 1:00
Sponsored by Biodiesel Magazine

1:00  – 1:45
New Pathways for LCFS credit generation
Phillip Sheehy
ICF International

1:45 – 2:15
Global Sugar-Sugar Cane Ethanol /LCFS credit generation
Kevin Stewart
Eco Energy

2:15 – 2:30
Sponsored by INTL FCStone

2:30 – 3:30
Panel Discussion “Can you see the wave?”
The near-term future of the LCFS market is bio and renewable diesel doing the heavy lifting

  • Joe Gershen – Moderator
  • Floyd Vergara – Panelist
  • Shelby Neal – Panelist

3:30 – 3:45
Sponsored by INTL FCStone

3:45 – 4:30
Latest on California LCFS: Updates, Trends and Lawsuits.
Greg Staiti

4:30 – 5:00
Speculation on LCFS/GHG Programs Expansion:  Canada, West Coast, Northeast and Midwest
Ian Thomson
Advanced Biofuels Canada

5:00 – 7:00
Cocktail Reception
Top of the Swissotel

Thursday, May 25

9:00 – 9:45
The Latest from Washington DC
Bob Van Heuvelen
Van Heuvelen Strategies

9:45 – 10:45
RFS2, Supply and Demand RIN Complex
Andy Lipow
Lipow Oil Associates

10:45 – 11:00
Sponsored by Targray

11:00 – 11:45
EPA, RFS2, Forward RVO
Sandra Dunphy

11:45 – 12:30
Renewable Diesel Panel

  • Bob Lane – The Jacobsen
  • Jason Schwenneker – REG
  • Bryan Sherbacow – Alt Air Fuels

12:30 – 1:30
Sponsored by Stillwater Associates

1:30 – 2:15
Vegetable Oil: supply/demand and speculation on rest of 2017
Adam Thompson
Pasternak Baum

2:15 – 3:30
Low CI Feedstock Panel
A look at the global market for low CI feedstocks.  A European perspective, a California perspective and a global perspective

  • Ryan Standard – Moderator
  • Jennifer Case – New Leaf Biodiesel – California
  • Justin Heller – Neste – Global Perspective
  • Victor Allemandou – Greenea – European markets

3:30 – 4:00
Sponsored by Greenea

4:00 – 5:00
What is the future for biomass based diesel in America?
Gene Gebolys
World Energy

Larry Schafer
Mike McAdams
Anne Steckel
Joe Jobe

5:00 – 6:30