Dan Sanders is the new chairman of the Growth Energy board of directors. Sanders is the vice president of Front Range Energy, a 48-million-gallon ethanol production facility located in Windsor, Colorado, that joined Growth Energy in 2008, when the organization was founded.
"I’m honored to serve our members and staff as the next chairman of the Growth Energy Board of Directors," Sanders said. "I look forward to working with our dedicated board to lead our association’s strategies to deliver strong demand for our products and supportive policy."
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed Sanders as chairman.
"This year we have achieved some major victories for the ethanol industry, but there is still a long road ahead of us. As the vice president of a small plant in Colorado, Dan brings a unique perspective to our board. His years of experience on the Growth Energy Board of Directors, including as Growth PAC chairman and vice chair of the board, make him the right man to continue leading this organization towards success."
Sanders succeeds Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, LLC who held the position since the association's inception in 2008. Broin announced in September he would step down as chairman, but plans to remain a Growth Energy board member.
"Growth Energy was founded ten years ago to secure year-round sales of E15 fuel and, now that we've accomplished that goal, it is time to pass the baton,” Broin said. “I am proud of everything we have done as an association for our nation's ethanol producers, farmers and consumers, and I am looking forward to working with Dan as our new chairman. I have the utmost confidence that Dan has the right skills and passion to lead this organization into the future."
Sanders previously served as vice chair of the board, which will now be filled by Mitch Miller. Miller serves as the CEO and managing director for Carbon Green BioEnergy, LLC, a 55-million-gallon biorefinery in Michigan; president of Iroquois Bio-Energy Company, LLC a 50-million-gallon biorefinery in Indiana; and managing partner of NUVU Fuels, which owns and operates convenience stores in Michigan and Indiana. Carbon Green BioEnergy joined Growth Energy in January 2009.