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RFA Congratulates Randy Doyal on Well-Deserved High Octane Recognition

June 14, 2022

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And John Christianson Receives FEW Award of Excellence


The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated Board Member and former Chairman Randy Doyal on receiving the prestigious High Octane Award at the 2022 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo. The award honors a person who has helped the ethanol industry mature and progress over the years and whose passion and unstoppable pursuits have significantly benefited the ethanol industry.


“Randy is one of the ethanol industry’s true pioneers and has been a driving force behind many of the industry’s policy and marketplace accomplishments over the past four decades,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “He’s an important part of the ethanol industry’s colorful history. His wealth of knowledge about the history and development of ethanol is unparalleled, and he loves nothing more than to share his stories and experience with others. We are thrilled that Randy’s contributions are being recognized with this year’s High Octane Award and we join a grateful industry in thanking him for his decades of service.”


Doyal is retiring this year as CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont, Minn., where he has worked since 1995. Doyal also is a founding member of RPMG, the Renewable Products Marketing Group, a marketing cooperative that now represents 19 plants across seven states and is one of the country’s leading ethanol marketing firms. Doyal has been an RFA board member since 1995, serving as board chairman in 2015-2016. In September 2021, he was profiled as part of a series on the association’s 40th anniversary. Doyal also has been an active member of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, as well as numerous other state and local organizations.


Doyal has always recognized the importance of educating the public and policymakers about the ethanol industry, Cooper said. He has hosted numerous members of Congress and state officials at Al-Corn, explaining the production process and dispelling many of the myths and misinformation about this important value-added industry.  In one recent example of his above-and-beyond advocacy efforts, Doyal provided a strong rebuttal to an ill-informed attack on ethanol in his local newspaper in Owatonna.


In addition, the 2022 FEW Award of Excellence went to John Christianson, founder of RFA Associate Member Christianson PLLP, which provides accounting and consulting services for the renewable fuels industry. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and/or development activities.