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.