Cynthia J. Warner
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia J. Warner has served as a director and our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Previously, Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV) (formerly known as Tesoro Corporation) from August 2016 to October 2018 when Andeavor was acquired by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC). Prior to that, Ms. Warner served as Andeavor’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, since October 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Warner was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire Energy, Inc. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Warner was Chairman and President of Sapphire Energy. Prior to 2009, Ms. Warner was Group Vice President, Global Refining, at BP plc. Ms. Warner has served as independent member of the Board of Directors of IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX) since February 2013 and of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) since June 2019. She is retiring from the Board of IDEX Corporation immediately following its Annual Meeting on May 12 of this year. Ms. Warner is also a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Vanderbilt School of Engineering Board of Advisors. She has a Bachelor of engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Warner’s employment agreement with us provides that she will serve as a director.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig Bealmear has more than 28 years of experience in a variety of finance, strategy and commercial leadership roles across the U.S. and U.K. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). Mr. Bealmear leads all financial activities including Accounting, Financial Planning, IT, Tax, Compliance, Internal Audit, Treasury and Investor Relations.
Prior to REG, Mr. Bealmear’s last position with BP was Chief Financial Officer for its Downstream North America Fuels Business, based in Chicago. He held multiple positions in both BP and ARCO involving marketing, finance, strategy and operations. He has led diverse teams ranging from 50 to over 500 people and has a reputation for creating an energized, empowered, one-team culture.
Mr. Bealmear holds an MBA degree in Finance from The Wharton School: University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bellarmine University. He serves on the board of the Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business Executive Committee and served on the Limitless Task Force for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In 2016, he was inducted into Bellarmine University’s Gallery of Distinguished Graduates.
Outside of work Mr. Bealmear enjoys biking, cooking and guitar. He has one teenage son, Josh, and is married to Alison Lupel.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
For more than 20 years, Eric M. Bowen has helped build innovative businesses. Mr. Bowen currently serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). Prior to assuming the General Counsel position, Mr. Bowen was REG's Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs. Mr. Bowen joined REG in 2010 as Executive Director, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs and led REG's Life Sciences business from its inception in 2014 through its divestiture in 2019.
Prior to joining REG, Mr. Bowen was Founder, President & CEO of Tellurian Biodiesel, Inc. (acquired by REG). Prior to entering the clean fuels industry, Mr. Bowen advised technology start-ups in Silicon Valley at Venture Law Group. Mr. Bowen has been instrumental in crafting landmark clean fuels policies, including California's low carbon fuel standard. Mr. Bowen was a founding member of the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, serving as chairman from 2007-2012. He also served on the California LCFS Advisory Panel, Mayor Gavin Newsom's Clean Technology Advisory Counsel and as chairman of the San Francisco Biodiesel Taskforce.
Mr. Bowen serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Forge Hydrocarbons, a Canadian renewable diesel technology development company.
Mr. Bowen holds a J.D. from The University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from the University of Oregon Honors College. Mr. Bowen was the recipient of the Ray Hawk Award - the highest honor given to a University of Oregon graduate for scholastic achievement and leadership.
Senior Vice President, People Development
Conley has an extensive background working in Human Resources, including serving in a variety of HR leadership roles. Most recently, she held the position of vice president HR, fuels North America and head of country HR, downstream in the U.S. and Mexico at BP. Conley has more than 25 years of experience in human resources, talent management, global integration and business organization.
Trisha holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Trisha also serves as a trustee on the board for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Trisha was born and raised in Marshalltown, IA. She will be relocating with her husband John and children Nataliya and Ian to the Ames area.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development
Neville Fernandes has more than 30 years of experience in the renewable fuels, petroleum and chemical industries in a variety of roles including business development, sales, marketing, EHS and process engineering. He currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). In this position, Mr. Fernandes provides strategic thought leadership regarding public policy and leads early stages of strategic business development opportunities while working closely with the business development and strategy teams within the organization.
Prior to REG, Mr. Fernandes held various managerial roles at Neste, including General Manager and President of Neste US, Inc., where he led the business development and sales and marketing teams. Mr. Fernandes led the team that successfully commercialized renewable diesel in the US and Canada a decade ago. He also headed up the sustainable aviation fuel development project and managed the sales of sustainable aviation fuel in the US.
Mr. Fernandes is a co-founder and past Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association based in Washington, D.C., and he currently serves on the ABFA Executive Committee.
Mr. Fernandes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University as well as an MBA in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business in Canada. He is also a licensed engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kenyon brings deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry with more than 26 years of experience in fuels operations and downstream marketing. Most recently, Kenyon served as President of Atlas Oil Company in Taylor, MI. Atlas Oil Company is one of the largest fuels distributors in the country, delivering over 1 billion gallons of fuel annually to customers in 49 states.
Bob holds a degree in Business Management from Eastern Michigan University. Bob serves on the board of the American Diabetes Association of Michigan and is a member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association.
Vice President, Procurement
For more than three years, Doug Lenhart served as the Executive Director, Procurement & Logistics. His prior jobs working in agriculture livestock and banking provided him with prolific experience in commodity trading and risk management activities. He is currently serving as Vice President, Procurement & Logistics.
Mr. Lenhart serves as a member of REG's senior management team and contributes to strategic business decisions for the North America and European markets. He oversees purchasing of feedstocks and chemicals, sales of co-products. Mr. Lenhart provides oversight and metrics to ensure the performance of all the activities, as well as looking for continuous improvement.
He currently serves as Secretary for the Iowa Biodiesel Board and on the board of directors for the Executive Advisory Board of the Iowa State University MBA Program. He also helps with numerous youth sports organizations and with Hope Lutheran Church in his community.
Mr. Lenhart received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Illinois State University and his MBA from Iowa State University.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
For more than 20 years, Ms. Merrill has held multiple financial and operational positions, including more than 13 years in the biodiesel industry. Currently, she serves as Vice President, Business Development and Optimization for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). Ms. Merrill is responsible for business development activities including relationship and project development, global mergers, acquisitions, and divestments, including related financial analysis and integration activities. In addition, she oversees the Operations Control Team, which includes risk management, supply chain and transportation.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Merrill served as Treasurer, then Executive Director of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, and most recently as Vice President and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining REG, Ms. Merrill worked for Deloitte in Kansas City, serving consulting, audit and tax clients during her tenure.
On a community level, Ms. Merrill serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Iowa Chapter for American Red Cross, a member and past Treasurer for Metro Women Connect and is a former board member of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Merrill holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Accountancy from Truman State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Truman State University. Ms. Merrill is also a non-active licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Operations Control Team
With over 18 years in commodity trading and risk management, Paul Nees serves as Vice President, Operations Control Team for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). In his current position, Mr. Nees oversees the Operations Control Team which includes risk management, commodity market analysis, supply chain and margin optimization.
Mr. Nees has been with REG for nearly 15 years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Nees served as purchasing manager as well as serving in a procurement and chemical purchasing role. He also has past experience working for FCStone, CHS Inc., AGP, and West Central Cooperative.
Mr. Nees is a current board member for American Fats and Oils Association, current board member for United Way of Story County, and a current Chairperson of the Gilbert Parks & Rec Commission. He has also served as a member of the Finance Committee of Gilbert Lutheran Church. In his free time, he is an active youth sports coach for several of his kids’ sports teams. Mr. Nees received a BS in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University.
Vice President and Managing Director, International Business
Raymond Richie serves as Vice President and Managing Director, International Business. He focuses on leading our existing international operations as well as international business development and international integration for future projects as needed.
Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Analysis and Managing Director, European Operations. Mr. Richie has a broad business background gained through leading companies and consulting to executives of large multinational companies. Mr. Richie has expertise in several industries including fuels and chemicals, agribusiness, transportation and logistics, and healthcare.
Prior to REG, Mr. Richie spent a number of years as a management consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP and a boutique agribusiness firm. Mr. Richie has experience in industry working for companies ranging in size from startup, including private equity owned, to large and publicly traded. At these companies, Mr. Richie has served in a variety of executive positions, including President and CFO, where he has overseen functions including: manufacturing, sales and marketing, procurement, and finance and accounting.
Mr. Richie holds both a B.S. and an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business where he majored in Finance, Marketing, and Strategy.
Deputy CFO and Treasurer
Todd Robinson is Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). In this role, he oversees financial reporting, treasury, investor relations, taxes and SEC reporting. Mr. Robinson spent more than 20 years in banking, investments, finance, and treasury roles before joining Renewable Energy Group as the company’s Director, Investor Relations in February of 2014.
Prior to REG, Mr. Robinson worked at companies including Wells Fargo, Deloitte & Touche, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Pella Corporation, and HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.
In his position, Mr. Robinson is responsible for funding the company’s operations, investing excess funds and working with REG’s senior management and with the company’s investor relations firm, The Blueshirt Group, to enhance REG’s availability to the investment community. In June 2019, Mr. Robinson was elected to the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Board of Directors.
Mr. Robinson briefly attended Simpson College and earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from Iowa State University.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Performance
Chad Stone has served as our Chief Financial Officer since August 2009. Prior to joining REG, from October 2007 to May 2009, he was a Director at Protiviti Inc., a global business consulting and internal audit firm. From August 1997 to September 2007, Mr. Stone served as Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers and he worked at Arthur Andersen from July 1992 to August 1997, departing as a manager. Mr. Stone was elected to the governing Board of the National Biodiesel Board in 2015 and has served as secretary since November 2016. Mr. Stone served on the executive Board of the Iowa Biodiesel Board from September 2010 to September 2016, serving as chair from 2014-2015. Since October 2015, Mr. Stone has served on the University of Iowa School of Management's Advisory Committee. Mr. Stone has over 20 years of experience in leading financial reporting, strategy, policy and compliance. Mr. Stone holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance, economics and accounting from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business and a B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Iowa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
For over 20 years, Derek Winkel has been responsible for managing manufacturing operations in the chemical and renewable fuel industries. Currently, Mr. Winkel serves as Vice President, Manufacturing Operations of Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG).
As Vice President, Manufacturing Operations, Mr. Winkel coordinates the efficient operation of the company’s 12 operating plants by leading a team that monitors plant performance, analyzes data and drives continuous improvement to increase margins and quality. In addition, Mr. Winkel oversees several areas that support plant operations, including environmental, health and safety; sustainability; biodiesel process and mechanical engineering; and global manufacturing reliability. Mr. Winkel also serves as the General Manager of REG’s largest biorefinery, REG Grays Harbor. Mr. Winkel is also a key contributor in the selection and commercialization of new technology and plant acquisition due diligence.
Mr. Winkel joined REG in 2006 as the General Manager of REG Newton LLC during its construction and successfully led the plant through start-up and continued operations until transitioning to his current position full time in 2010. Prior to joining REG, Mr. Winkel served as the Technical Manager for a 30 million gallon per year ethanol facility.
Mr. Winkel received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Industry Advisory Council of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.