Cynthia J. Warner
President & Chief Executive Officer
For more than 40 years, Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been a leader in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors, holding key roles in technology development, operations, business development, strategy, environment, health, and safety. Currently, Ms. Warner serves as President & Chief Executive Officer for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) and as a member of REG’s Board of Directors.
Prior to REG, Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Andeavor (formerly Tesoro). She oversaw Andeavor’s Refining; Logistics; and Environment, Health, Safety & Security groups, overseeing strategic growth initiatives and providing leadership that promoted safe, reliable execution and drove operating efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining Tesoro, CJ served as Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy where she oversaw development of technology to produce oil from algae, successfully building and placing into operation one of the largest algae farms in the world. She came to Sapphire from BP in London, where as GVP Refining she was responsible for the company’s worldwide oil refining business.
Ms. Warner was named a Fortune 2020 Businessperson of the Year. She also serves as a Board Member for the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and is member of the Board of Directors for Sempra Energy. She is a member of the National Petroleum Council as well as the Board of Visitors of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.
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 President’s Council at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and served on the Limitless Task Force for the museum. He also serves on the board of the Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business Executive Committee. 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
Trisha Conley has more than 25 years of experience in human resources, talent management, global integration and business organizational design. Ms. Conley currently serves as Senior Vice President, People Development for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). In this position, she collaborates with senior leaders to set the human resources strategic direction and people performance objectives for the company. Ms. Conley oversees the Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Learning and Development teams.
Prior to REG, Ms. Conley was HR Vice President for Fuels, North America and BP Downstream Head of Country for HR. She has also been the Global Head of Talent for Downstream, the Talent Management leader on the joint venture HR project with BP’s JV partner Reliance and the HR Director of Integrated Supply & Trading, North America Gas & Power.
Ms. Conley 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. She also serves as a trustee and the chairperson of the Compensation & Leadership Committee on the board for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and a variety of outdoor activities including skiing and participating in long-distance road cycling events. She also enjoys spending time with her husband John and their kids, Nataliya and Ian.
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
Bob Kenyon has more than 27 years of experience in fuel operations. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). Mr. Kenyon leads the sales and marketing functions by developing, implementing and maintaining effective and profitable fuel sales and customer service with customers, distributors, manufacturers and strategic partners.
Prior to REG, Mr. Kenyon was President of Atlas Oil Company where he led the company’s nationwide sales, marketing, supply, operations and administrative resources spanning 20 terminals and more than 700 employees. Before that, he was the Market Manager for Clark Refining & Marketing, Inc. and the District Manager of Speedway LLC, formerly known as Speedway SuperAmerica.
Mr. Kenyon holds a BBA in Business Management from Eastern Michigan University. Bob has also completed advanced executive education studies at the University of Michigan. He serves on the board of the American Diabetes Association of Michigan and is a member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association.
Mr. Kenyon lives with his wife of 22+ years, Angie, and two daughters, Paige and Chloe. When he’s not spending time with his family, he enjoys traveling, golf, water sports and being outdoors.
Vice President, Global Sourcing
Doug Lenhart serves as Vice President, Procurement for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). As a member of REG's senior leadership team, Mr. Lenhart contributes to strategic business decisions for the North American and European markets. He oversees purchasing of feedstock and chemicals, sales of co-products, and the various transportation methods REG uses. Mr. Lenhart provides oversight and metrics to ensure the performance of all these activities, additionally looking for continuous improvement.
Mr. Lenhart has over 30 years of broad business background where he accepted senior leadership in Multinational Integrated Agriculture, Top 5 U.S. Commercial Banking, International Commodity Risk Management, and the Global Energy Sector. Mr. Lenhart has expertise in several areas including operations, agribusiness, commercial finance, fuels and chemicals, transportation, and logistics. His direct operations leadership has extended beyond the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, Asia, South America and Europe.
Mr. Lenhart received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Illinois State University and his MBA from Iowa State University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Biodiesel Board, the Executive Advisory Board of the Iowa State University MBA Program, the Ames, Iowa Economic Development Commission and the Iowa Rural Equity Project, along with multiple industry associations. He also helps with numerous youth sports organizations and the Lutheran Church of Hope (Ames, IA).
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
For more than 25 years, Chad Stone has served in various financial and consulting roles.
As Senior Vice President, Commercial Performance, Mr. Stone oversees the organization’s commercial optimization, terminals, transportation and operational scheduling activities along with feedstock procurement and international business operations.
In his professional experience, Mr. Stone has served as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago and Cincinnati, focusing primarily in the energy and utilities industry, as well as a manager at Arthur Andersen in the Chicago office.
Chad currently serves as Chairman for the National Biodiesel Board on the Governing Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Stone holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Iowa.
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 11 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.
Vice President, Sales
For more than 18 years, Todd Ellis has been a leader in sustainable business development for leading biofuels companies. Mr. Ellis oversees North American strategic planning and sales management for the wholesale and downstream, emerging channel, and co-products sales teams along with the operations services and customer support for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG).
Mr. Ellis has been instrumental in many facets of the biofuels value chain including sales and marketing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, biodiesel market expansion, public policy initiatives, strategic business development, regulatory affairs, risk management, customer service and educational outreach. Mr. Ellis has worked with federal, state, and provincial policy makers on a range of issues affecting biofuels policies and market incentives, creating strong market demand for biomass-based diesel.
Mr. Ellis currently serves as Vice Chairman for Advanced Biofuels Canada. He previously served as Board Chairman for the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and Governing Board member and Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Clean Fuels Alliance America.
Mr. Ellis holds an Executive M.B.A from the University of Iowa, a M.A. from Antioch University and B.A from Fort Lewis College. Mr. Ellis enjoys spending his free time in the mountains, rivers, oceans and bike trails throughout the US with his wife and three daughters.
Vice President, Biodiesel Operations
Bruce Lutes has been in the renewable fuels industry for 14 years, starting as Plant Manager of the REG Danville plant in 2008. He became General Manager for REG Danville & REG Newton in 2011 and in 2014 assumed responsibility for the REG Seneca Plant. Mr. Lutes was on the acquisition team for the REG Madison plant and was General Manager for that plant after the acquisition in 2016. In 2020, he assumed responsibility for REG Albert Lea and REG Mason City. He currently serves as Vice President of Biodiesel Operations. In this role, Mr. Lutes is responsible for the eight biodiesel plants in North America and well as the biodiesel operations in Germany, ensuring efficient safety, quality and productivity processes, and always seeking continuous improvement, including monthly metrics meetings to evaluate current performance. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring the profitability of the plants and managing capital projects.
Prior to coming to REG, Mr. Lutes served in several different manufacturing management roles in purchasing, logistics, quality and manufacturing including the Director of Supply Chain at ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Company. As Plant Manager of both the ThyssenKrupp Veedersburg Forge Plant and the Fostoria Machining Plant, the plants improved productivity, scrap and on time delivery by utilizing Six Sigma, and initiating Key Metrics and 5S.
Mr. Lutes has been an active advocate for REG as he has testified to the EPA for the Renewable Volume Obligations and has supported the National Biodiesel Board in several different meetings and Legislative tours. In his community, he is the President of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Danville, as well as a member of the Vermillion Advantage Board of Directors.