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NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

Northwest Biodiesel Producers

What is the state of biodiesel producers in the Northwest? What are the new developments in their businesses? How are they dealing with the economic downturn, and attacks on the biodiesel industry? How are they overcoming these and other challenges?

The NW Biodiesel Network is pleased to present Imperium Renewables’ Todd Ellis, Inland Empire’s Pierson Burke, and SeQuential Biofuels’ Gavin Carpenter to discuss their organizations and the challenging current biodiesel environment.

Get your questions answered! 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103. Cost is Free. Information at www.nwbiodiesel.org/.

About Our Speakers
Gavin Carpenter
SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel & Encore Oils
Gavin Carpenter is Regional Sales Manager for SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel and their subsidiary, Encore Oils. His responsibilities include securing and purchasing used cooking oil for production and selling ASTM spec biodiesel out of the 17 million gallon per year facility in Salem, Oregon. Additional areas include managing the RINS program, submitting RFP’s for available grants, and monitoring policy and legislative initiatives. Gavin has been with SeQuential since May 2006 and in his current position since December ’08. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he currently resides in Portland with his wife and three dogs.

Pearson Burke – Marketing & Logistics
Inland Empire Oilseeds
Pearson Burke has been the marketing and logistics manager with Inland Empire Oilseeds for over 2 years. He has over 25 years experience in grain merchandising and elevator operation, and is a licensed commodity broker. Mr. Burke is highly knowledgeable in regional agricultural trading patterns, production costs, cropping alternatives, and hedging strategies.

Todd Ellis
Imperium Renewables
Mr. Ellis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in sustainable business and economic development to Imperium's initiatives. As one of the original employees of Imperium, he has been instrumental in commissioning, staffing, and developing operational guidelines at the first biodiesel production facility in Washington.

He oversees IRI's biodiesel and co-product sales, Western State policy development, federal and state government project management, and domestic feedstock acquisition and development. Mr. Ellis works closely with local, state and federal government officials on a variety of issues affecting biofuels from the cultivation of feedstocks to downstream distribution. He has also been instrumental in developing biodiesel sales networks throughout Western States and Canadian markets.


Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States