NEW YORK (DTN) -- The National Biodiesel Board on Monday named Donnell Rehagen as the trade group's chief executive, a position he had held on an interim basis since June after serving 12 years as the board's chief operating officer, according to a news release.
"We couldn't be more excited to elevate Donnell to the permanent position of CEO," said NBB Chairman Ron Marr. "His detailed knowledge of our organization and deep understanding of our industry certainly leads to a smooth transition. But the main reason we have asked him to take on this position is his proven ability to think strategically about our issues and apply creative solutions that lead to success."
Prior to joining NBB in 2004, Rehagen was the fleet administrator for the Missouri Department of Transportation where he was responsible for all aspects of the department's $400 million fleet including implementation of their biodiesel or B20 use program.
Rehagen said he was excited for the opportunity take on new responsibilities to help the industry meet current challenges and prepare for more growth ahead.
"I have a passion for this industry," Rehagen said. "I'm proud to be a part of the team that has helped lead biodiesel's growth to become the first advanced biofuel to reach full commercialization, but I also recognize the challenges we face. It is incumbent upon us as an organization to define and manage a path that ensures we continue the industry's ascent."
The 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard's volume requirements are expected to be announced by the end of the month, and Rehagen said he's hopeful the Environmental Protection Agency will recognize the national benefits that will be realized by increasing biodiesel's requirement to 2.5 billion gallons.
Additionally, Rehagen said he will continue to help in coordinating members' visits to Capitol Hill at the end of November. NBB is pressing Congress to provide a long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive and convert it from a blender's credit to a producer's credit to keep the focus on domestic production.
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