Young Professionals Network

Sponsored by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

The Renewable Fuels Association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) was formed in July 2020 and is dedicated to bringing together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the U.S. ethanol industry. The YPN is a community of young leaders with a common goal to advance their respective businesses forward, build new relationships, and work with one another to identify new opportunities that grow and strengthen the renewable fuels industry.


The YPN hosts events year-round that are exclusively for YPN members and focus on networking, leadership, improving operations, and finding new and innovative approaches to building the market for ethanol. 


Want to learn more? Attend an upcoming event or email YPN Chairperson Jackie Hayes for more information.


We’re currently in the process of gathering speakers for upcoming webinars that will feature industry leaders and subject matter experts. If your company is interested in contributing to the professional development of the YPN, please contact Jackie to learn more.

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Membership is open to any young professional who is 39 years old or younger and employed by a company in the U.S. ethanol industry or stakeholder industries. Members should also be interested in RFA’s mission to drive demand for American-made renewable fuels and bioproducts worldwide.


Membership is free and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Members are required to participate in at least one engagement (event, webinar, etc.) per year to maintain their membership status.


To start the process, interested individuals should complete the following online application.


RFA Young Professionals Network Application 

Calendar of Events
Upcoming Events

Breakfast with Ethanol Industry Veterans at RFA Annual Meeting

Des Moines, IA | 8:00 - 9:00 am, September 29, 2021

Past Events

Fuel Ethanol Workshop In-Person Gathering

Location: Johnny’s Hall of Fame, Des Moines, IA
Date: 6:30 pm, July 14, 2021


October 2020 Virtual Networking Event: Zoom “Meet & Greets”

RFA’s Young Professionals Network will host a series of Zoom-based “Meet & Greets” to provide an opportunity for all 70+ members to introduce themselves and meet other YPN members. The Meet & Greets will be broken up into five sessions that will take place over the month of October and will be limited to fifteen YPN members in order to allow for enough time for each YPN member to introduce themselves.

October 13, October 15, October 20, October 22, October 28 | 2-3 PM CST


November 2020 Webinar

Installing & Selling Higher Ethanol Blends

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 2 PM CST

Sponsored by: KAAPA Ethanol Commodities, LLC


February 2021 Virtual Networking Event: Zoom “Meet & Greets”

RFA’s Young Professionals Network will host a series of Zoom-based “Meet & Greets” to provide an opportunity for all 95+ members to meet other YPN members and discuss dynamic industry topics.

February 23, February 24, February 25, February 26 | 2-3 PM CST


March Webinar

Ethanol Industry National Policy Update

March 16, 2021 | 2 PM CST

Sponsored by: Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC