Leadership changes and excitement abound for RFA

October 6, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association had a busy week with several big announcements about its leadership. The RFA completed the final steps of the succession plan it announced in July, as Geoff Cooper formally began his tenure as RFA’s new President and CEO, and Bob Dinneen began his new role as Senior Strategic Advisor.

Cooper joined RFA in 2008 as the organization’s Director of Research and Analysis. He previously worked on ethanol issues for the National Corn Growers Association and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, specializing in bulk petroleum product logistics. As part of RFA’s restructuring, the association also announced the following additional staffing changes:

  • Jessica Bennett was promoted to lead Government Affairs, with the new title, Vice President of Government & External Affairs.
  • Connor Hamburg will join RFA later this month as the new Director of Government Affairs.
  • Jackie Pohlman has been hired as RFA’s new Manager of Member Relations.

The RFA also elected Neil Koehler, co-founder and CEO of Pacific Ethanol, as chairman of the RFA board of directors. Koehler has more than 30 years of experience in ethanol production, sales, and marketing in the United States. He succeeds Mick Henderson, general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, as RFA chairman. RFA also elected Jeanne McCaherty of Guardian Energy LLC as the board’s Vice Chair, and Charles Wilson of Trenton Agri Products LLC as the board Treasurer.

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