Ethanol Industry Leaders to Meet at Wichita Summit

Kennedy and Coe hosting event that will discuss risk management, insurance, protecting income potential, water issues and more.

Published on: Sep 30, 2010
The top leaders in the ethanol industry will meet in Wichita Oct. 6-7 for the 2nd annual Ethanol Leaders Summit.

Kennedy and Coe, LLC is the host for the Oct. 6-7 event at the Courtyard by Marriott at Old Town, Wichita. The accounting and consulting firm hosted a successful ethanol summit last year and is responding to requests from clients and industry leaders to organize another event, according to Donna Funk, manager of Kennedy and Coe's manufacturing group.

Keynote speaker for the Ethanol Leaders Summit is Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, a next generation ethanol advocate. Growth Energy, based out of Washington, D.C., promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and creating American jobs at home. Funk said Buis will provide an inside-Washington perspective, discussing how industry groups can achieve the best results for continued growth of the ethanol industry.

Breakout session topics include risk management, business insurance and protecting income potential, the value of water treatment, preventative maintenance on equipment, keeping employees safe, future of biofuel production from cellulosic feedstocks, changes in national fire protection standards, use of captive insurance programs, a tax and accounting update and more.

Kennedy and Coe's own finance consultant Peter Martin will lead a discussion on what lenders are looking for in considering finance opportunities, how ethanol plant managers/owners can improve banking relationships and lessons learned in the current credit markets. A panel including Kennedy and Coe's Clinton Baker, Martin Pringle's Terry Mann and IMA of Kansas, Inc.'s Karen Vines will explain the impact health care reform will have on ethanol plants from an insurance, legal and tax perspective.

"We expect a general manager, a CEO or a board member of an ethanol plant to take home lessons on improving plant performance, how to be more effective in their role and how to create benefits for plants and shareholders," Funk said. 

The Ethanol Leaders Summit is hosted by Kennedy and Coe, LLC, with supporting sponsors including Black Hills Energy, ICM, Inc., IMA of Kansas, Inc., Agri-Business Council of Wichita, Bliss Industries, Kice Industries and Cintas Corporation.

Registration for the Ethanol Leaders Summit is due by Sept. 29 and can be made by calling 800-461-4702.