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Wendel E. Dreve
Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer, is experienced in U.S. and international energy development, production and operations. He is the author of books, patents and copyrights used in the United States, Canada and Europe in the areas of mechanics, machinery, energy development and energy production. Mr. Dreve is bonded (both corporate and personal) with the State of Ohio for energy production facilities. Mr. Dreve is registered as a self-help energy provider to Ohio-based industry. Mr. Dreve is licensed in Ohio as a certified livestock manager to operate CAFOs with over 10,000 animal units. He is a U.S. Navy VE Veteran.



Marion Gilliland, Ph.D.
Managing Member, Chief Compliance Officer, and corporate communications officer in charge of regulatory compliance, government communications, and farm and landowner relations. Dr. Gilliland is licensed in Ohio to operate CAFOs with over 10,000 animal units. Dr. Gilliland will direct communications, manage Federal Regulatory Compliance, and will be the liaison to Ohio groups for information, education, and support. Dr. Gilliland will separately manage the Make-A-Legacy Foundation for technology transfer and economic tools utilization by rural residents as suppliers to Farmers’ Ethanol’s three Ohio facilities.



Alberto G. Mendez, P.E.
Facilities Engineer, is experienced in engineering development, construction and operation of various national and international chemical and food processing facilities. Mr. Mendez has extensive experience in large complex chemical construction and operation of ethanol facilities, building and dedicating 6 large ethanol facilities since 1982. Mr. Mendez is licensed as a Professional Engineer in both the USA and Mexico. Mr. Mendez was named “Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1996.



Rhoda S. Crown
Grain Procurement & Logistics, is experienced in grain marketing, risk mitigation, rail and truck logistics, banking and administration. She has operated a large regional grain elevator as CEO for more than 10 years and has more than 25 years of grain management experience. Mrs. Crown is licensed by the State of Ohio . Mrs. Crown personally directed the expansion of industrial grain facilities including regulatory compliance, construction management, and initialization of operations.



Martin R. Walicki, CPA
Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Walicki has more than 25 years of experience in senior financial management with companies the utility and power industry. Mr. Walicki has been involved in over 60 corporate and project financings totaling more than $23 billion. Mr. Walicki has a BBA in Accounting from Western Michigan University, an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Michigan.



Earle Soukup, Esq.
Counsel to Founders, is Chairman of the Board of Governance for Make-A-Legacy Foundation. Mr. Soukup received his law degree from Pepperdine University and he has been a licensed attorney since 1978. He is an engineer holding a University of California Certificate for Project Engineering. Mr. Soukup has authored integrated Native American and International Ethanol economic development programs for Farmers’ Ethanol.



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