Jay Johnson: Jay Johnson is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Springfield, Illinois. After graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Finance from Illinois State University in 1990, Johnson began his professional career at the First Chicago Corp in Chicago. Johnson has since founded an insurance agency, hedge fund, agricultural grain company, and a communications company. Johnson served as President of Johnson Grain, LLC from it inception in 2003 until its merger with The Scoular Company in 2010.  Johnson serves as Board Chairman of Homewav, LLC and Johnson Risk Management, LLC.  He also serves on the Board of New Planet Energy, LLC where he has a significant investment in Ineos New Planet BioEnergy and New Planet-NY Drop-In BioFuels. Johnson was selected in 2007 for Small Businessman of the year for the State of Illinois and runner up in the United States by the Small Business Administration.  

Gary Smith: Gary is a retired executive with an extensive background in the engine and alternative fuels businesses. As CEO of High Plains he led a turnaround of the company that led to its sale to Abengoa.  Gary served on the Abengoa board for three years and was Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association for two years.  Gary currently is a consultant in the alternative fuels industry and for 15 years has served on the board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

George N. Bauer: George Bauer is a 30 year veteran of the financial services industry having served as a Corporate Client Group Director at Legg Mason and Smith Barney. He has served a number of community organizations with positions including the Alexandria Symphony Board and Director of Budget and Finance for the Mt. Vernon Council of Citizen’s Association.  He received both a BS in Molecular Genetics and a BA in Biochemistry with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 1976.  He lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dolf Kahle: Dolf Kahle is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Vero Beach, Florida. Kahle graduated cum laude from both the University of Colorado (business) and the University of California (law). After law school, Mr. Kahle practiced in Chicago with Winston and Strawn. In 1994, he established a series of agricultural and land development enterprises. Mr. Kahle is now developing an oceanfront neighborhood (Sandy Lane) in Vero Beach, Florida. Kahle has served as Vice President of Brooks Tropicals, President of the Polo Grounds Real Estate Development, and is a Board Member of New Planet Energy, LLC. In addition to Mr. Kahle’s significant investment in New Planet Energy, LLC, Mr. Kahle was instrumental in garnering community support for the Ineos New Planet BioEnergy facility in Vero Beach, Florida.