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Board of Directors Election

Important Dates

  • July 2-July 22: Nominating Period
  • Aug. 1-Aug. 12 (midnight): Election open (electronic voting, one vote per member organization)
  • Aug. 15: Results announced
  • Aug. 20: First meeting of new Board, 2019 planning begins

Online Voting
Online voting will open on August 1st. ABC members will be notified via email by Electionbuddy with instructions on how to vote.

Current Nominees
Submit your nominations to info@americanbiogascouncil.org!

Chad Antle
Chief Executive Officer, BioWorks Energy LLC
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Chris Bush
Operations Manager and Special Projects, Trident Processes, Inc.
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Brad Douville
President, Greenlane Biogas
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Andy Dvoracek
Vice President of Biogas Development, Camco Clean Energy
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Craig Frear
Director of Research and Technology, Regenis
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Paul Greene
Senior Technical Advisor, CDM Smith
Caroline Henry
Vice President, Marketing, Quasar Energy Group
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Michael Land
Firm Director, Baker Tilly
Barry Liner
Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation
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Charles Love
Renewable Energy Acquisition Team, Trillium/ Love's Travel Stops
Rudi Roeslein
Roeslein & Associates
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Bryan Sievers
Manager, Sievers Family Farm
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Lauren Toretta
President, CH4 Biogas


FAQs

  1. Who's on the ABC Board now?
    http://americanbiogascouncil.org/about_leadership.asp

  2. How many seats are up for election?
    Five- There are 11 elected positions (five up for election this year) and there will be 16 Directors overall (Executive Director Patrick Serfass and Treasurer Melissa VanOrnum are non-voting ABC Officers). New seats, beyond the elected 11, are created when an organization joins at the Sustaining Level. We have three such companies this year giving them an automatic seat on the Board. Your organization can upgrade at any time, skip the election and join the Board. Interested? Please email Patrick Serfass (pserfass@ttcorp.com) if you'd like to know more about Sustaining Membership.

  3. Whose terms are ending?
    • Paul Greene, CDM Smith, Inc.
    • Craig Frear, Regenis
    • Caroline Henry, Quasar Energy Group
    • Lisa McFadden, Water Environment Federation
    • Lauren Toretta, CH4 Biogas

  4. What are the main responsibilities of Directors?
    Please refer to page 5 of the ABC bylaws: http://americanbiogascouncil.org/memberResources/bylaws_aug2011.pdf

    In general, the Board meets monthly 10 times a year by conference call for 90 minutes and twice a year in person.  Usually one in-person meeting is in Washington, DC in the summer to coincide with Hill office visits and one is at the BioCycle REFOR conference which has been the Official Conference of the ABC for the last 4 years. Directors are expected to take a leadership position in a Council program (existing or new) and to help engage the rest of the membership to participate and support the activities of the ABC which are designed to grow the biogas industry. 

    The current Board has developed a detailed set of policies around Board member responsibilities. You can view these policies here: http://americanbiogascouncil.org/memberResources/boardPolicies.pdf

  5. How long are the terms for Directors?
    With the exception of Sustaining Members, Director terms are two-years. For Sustaining Members, their Board seat is valid for one year as long as the Sustaining level dues for that year have been paid.

  6. Are there term limits?
    No director may be elected for a term longer than two years, but Directors may be re-elected for additional 2-year terms without limit. 

  7. How do I nominate someone? May I nominate myself?
    Simply email their name, company, and email address to info@americanbiogascouncil.org. You may nominate yourself if you wish!

  8. Is there a Nominating Committee?
    Yes. The ABC bylaws call for a Nominating Committee to be established in order to ensure a full slate of candidates is available to the members when voting and to help identify strong candidates to run for the Board. The open nominating process will continue and the existence of the Nominating Committee should not discourage any of you from running. The combination of the open process and the Nominating Commitee should result in the best possible slate of potential Directors for you to choose from when you vote next month. 

    If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to your participation and please don't forget to vote!

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