A special thanks for a great show

Thanks to all who participated in the 2011 International Biomass Conference & Expo in St. Louis this week.
By Ron Kotrba | May 05, 2011

Leaving St. Louis this morning I wanted to thank everyone who attended the 2011 International Biomass Conference & Expo, which was a success. There is no replacement for the networking value these conferences offer.

I would like to give a special thanks to Jessica Robinson with the National Biodiesel Board and Jenna Higgins-Rose of Rose Media LLC for a lovely dinner Monday night, as well as Rob Toker with Houston-based Glycos Biotechnologies for the interesting conversation over dinner Tuesday evening. Also I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Roman Wolff of the Houston-based Enhanced Biofuels, who did a great job in his presentation on a pulp and paper mill panel that I moderated, and for joining me for dinner Wednesday night.

On that note, in addition to Roman, I’d like to thank all of the speakers on my panel—Dino Mili, CEO of New Forest Industries; Mark Warner, senior VP of process industries at Harris Group; and Chris Williamson, senior lecturer at University of Canterbury in New Zealand—you all did a fantastic job discussing the opportunities for biorefining at pulp and paper mills, and I think the presentations were very well received. I look forward to following up with you all on the successes of your projects.

I hope to see many of you at some of our upcoming regional biomass shows later this year, the Northeast and Southeast conferences, and especially at our International Biorefining Conference & Trade Show this fall in Houston. I will be at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Indianapolis next month, so perhaps I can run into a few of you again.