Meet our Officers

Neil Koehler

RFA Chairman

Neil Koehler is co-founder and CEO of Pacific Ethanol, and Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association board of directors. Koehler has more than 30 years of experience in ethanol production, sales, and marketing in the United States. Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol operates nine biorefineries in Nebraska, Illinois, Idaho, California and Oregon with a combined operating capacity of 605 million gallons per year.

Koehler was also the co-founder and general manager for Parallel Products, California’s first ethanol production company, which he sold in 1998. He has served on the RFA Board of Directors since 1992 and received RFA’s prestigious Industry Award in 2017. He succeeds Mick Henderson, general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, as RFA chairman.

Jeanne McCaherty

Vice Chairman

Jeanne McCaherty

Jeanne McCaherty is the Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Energy Management, LLC. Guardian Energy Management provides executive management for Guardian Energy, LLC, Guardian Energy Holdings, LLC, and Hankinson Renewable Energy, LLC, three leading ethanol manufacturing businesses. She has a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Ms. McCaherty serves on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Product Marketing Group, LLC, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Renewables Fuels Association, and the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Biofuels Association.

Charlie Wilson

RFA Treasurer

Charlie Wilson is the President of Trenton Agri Products LLC, an ethanol plant in southwest Nebraska. Mr. Wilson is Treasurer of the Renewable Fuels Association and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and is Vice President of Renewable Fuels Nebraska and serves on its Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting, Mr. Wilson practiced as a CPA with Arthur Young & Company before entering private business.

Rick Schwarck

RFA Secretary

Mr. Schwarck has served as the President, Chairman, & CEO of Absolute Energy, L.L.C., an ethanol plant located near St. Ansgar, Iowa. Prior to co-founding Absolute Energy, L.L.C., Mr. Schwarck had a successful, 30 year financial services career. He was co-owner of The Schwarck Agency, L.L.C., an insurance and investment firm. Mr. Schwarck was a 30 year member of the National Association of Insurance and Investment Advisors. Mr. Schwarck was a Certified Senior Advisor and Registered Representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Board of Directors

wdt_ID Name Company
1 Neil Koehler,  RFA Chairman Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
2 Jeanne McCaherty, RFA Vice Chairman Guardian Energy, LLC
3 Charles Wilson, RFA Treasurer Trenton Agri Products, LLC
4 Geoff Cooper,  RFA President Renewable Fuels Association
5 Rick Schwarck, RFA Secretary Absolute Energy, LLC
6 Neal Kemmet Ace Ethanol, LLC
7 Ray Baker Adkins Energy, LLC
108 Eric McAfee Aemetis, Inc.
109 Randall Doyal Al-Corn Clean Fuel, LLC
110 Erik Huschitt Badger State Ethanol, LLC

*Indicates Prospective Producer Member