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Executive Committee and Officers


Mr. Federico serves as the Commercial Manager of Oils and Biodiesel for Louis Dreyfus Company LLC.  In this capacity, he oversees LDC’s marketing and trading of biodiesel and related products within North America, including the production of LDC’s integrated soybean processor and biodiesel refinery in Claypool, IN.  Mr. Federico has been active within the biodiesel industry since LDC’s launch of its North American biodiesel business in 2007.

 Mr. Federico’s career began at LDC’s Kansas City regional trading office in 1992.  Since then, he has held a variety of merchandising and management positions within the Company, including heading its North American rice processing operations and managing its domestic US sugar activities.  From 2005-onwards, Mr. Federico was instrumental in the development of LDC’s biofuels business, culminating in the commissioning of two U.S. ethanol plants as well as the Claypool biodiesel refinery.  Cumulatively, he has amassed over two decades of experience in commodity procurement, marketing, and supply-chain- and risk management.  In each of his roles, Mr. Federico has represented LDC before the US Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, Members of Congress, and their staffs.

In addition to his activities within ABFA, Mr. Federico serves on the Soybean Oils Trading Committee of the National Association of Oilseed Processors.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from Georgetown University in 1992.  



Mr. Cepla is the Senior Director of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business at Honeywell UOP. In this role, Mr. Cepla serves as the business leader for technology development, engineering, sales and marketing of the UOP portfolio of technologies for the production of renewable transportation fuels as well as fuels for the generation of renewable heat and power.

Mr. Cepla brings more than 30 years of experience in technology and clean energy industries. He most recently served the Managing Director of Envergent Technologies, a joint venture between UOP and Ensyn Technologies, commercializing the RTP technology for the conversion of cellulosic biomass to a renewable fuel for the production of heat and power. Prior to that Mr. Cepla served as president and CEO of HyRadix, Inc., a provider of hydrogen generation solutions overseeing all aspects of business operations including the development of funding sources, marketing and global sales. During his time with UOP, Mr. Cepla served in various development, marketing and technical roles, supporting product development, integrated technology lines and sales.

Mr. Cepla holds a Masters in Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado. 




Mr. Gretter is the General Manager of Renewable Natural Gas for the Love’s Family of Companies.  He procures RNG for Love’s Trillium CNG subsidiary, the second largest retailer of natural gas for vehicles in the US.  He also manages the resulting trade book of RINs, LCFS, natural gas, and other associated positions.  Prior to managing RNG, Gavin managing the distillates trading book East of the Rockies for Love’s Musket subsidiary.

Mr. Gretter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, and an MBA in Analytic Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has more than 430 locations in 41 states, providing professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a wide variety of restaurant offerings.  The Love’s Family of Companies employs nearly 19,000 people in our travel stops nationwide, in addition to the men and women who transport our fuel across the United States.


Scott Lewis

Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations & Strategy for World Energy, LLC

Since joining BIOX Corporation in 2002, Scott has worked within the renewable fuels industry, actively involved in the commercial development of the biomass based diesel market working to shape government policy towards the inclusion of renewable fuels within the liquid transportation fuels. His advocacy in the U.S. and Canada for better policies governing the renewable and biofuels markets has driven important and positive change for BIOX, World Energy and the industry as a whole. As the third employee at BIOX Corporation, a Canadian-based biodiesel company, he successfully helped lead the company through a challenging political environment. In 2016, Scott led the joint venture with World Energy to acquire the Houston facility. BIOX and World Energy merged their assets in 2018. Scott came on board to lead the company’s commercial operations, helping to build strategic relationships with suppliers, customers, government officials, and joint venture partners.

Scott has been on the Board of Renewable Industries Canada since 2011 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Biofuels Association since 2018.


Jim Macias founded Fulcrum with USRG and has guided Fulcrum’s strategy and execution from an idea into becoming one of the most successful new biofuels companies in the nation. His 30 plus years of energy industry operations experience includes steering a 20,000-megawatt power plant development and construction program as Executive Vice President at Calpine Corporation. While at PG&E, one of the largest investor-owned public utility companies in the nation, Jim oversaw operations for a 10,000-megawatt power generation fleet, $4 billion electric and gas transmission systems, and gas and electric procurement for more than four million customers. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development.


As a member of the leadership team of one of BP’s largest refining and marketing businesses, Cheryl McKinney is accountable for strategy, investment, and business development across North America. Her remit includes the BP refineries in Toledo, Ohio, Whiting, Indiana, and Bellingham, Washington, as well as the BP U.S. Pipelines business, and the BP North American Sales and Marketing businesses, which carry both the BP and Arco/ampm brands. 
Cheryl serves as President of the holding company for the BP-Husky joint venture at the Toledo Refinery and represents BP as an Executive Committee Member for the Advance Biofuels Association. She serves as executive sponsor for BP’s corporate relationship with the Society of Women Engineers, and the BP Chicago Women’s business resource group. Cheryl supports the University of Akron as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council and as a member of the of Akron’s Women in Engineering Industry Advisory Council.
Cheryl holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio and has more than 30 years of experience with BP including 20 years in-plant refining experience. Her background includes process engineering, refinery optimization and products blending, linear programing, logistics, business development, asset development, and performance management, with roles alternating between technical and commercial.
Cheryl has worked and lived in Cleveland and Toledo, where she spent 20 years working and raising her two children, before moving to Naperville, IL and London, and most recently returning to Chicago in 2012. She currently calls Naperville home, where she lives with her husband, Danny Hart.  




NEVILLE FERNANDES - Ex-Officio Member and Chairman Emeritus

Neville Fernandes has been a keen promoter and supporter of renewable fuels in USA and Canada for the past decade with Neste. He has managed the market development, sales and marketing teams at Neste US, Inc., that successfully commercialized renewable diesel in the USA and Canada several years ago. Neville has held many roles in Neste including General Manager and President of Neste US, Inc., and he is now focusing his efforts on commercializing renewable jet fuel. Neville is passionate in his belief that sustainable, low-carbon, biofuels are an important contributor to the responsible management of greenhouse gases and to the fight against climate change. Neville is currently serving as the Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association. He has presented and given testimony at numerous conferences and proceedings on renewable fuels. He has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (Princeton University) and an MBA in Marketing (Schullich School of Business), and is a licensed professional engineer (Ontario, Canada).

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) builds sustainable solutions for the needs of transport, businesses and consumers. Our global range of products and services allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint by combining high-quality and low-emission renewable products and oil products to tailor-made service solutions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, and we are also bringing renewable solutions to the aviation and plastics industries. We want to be a reliable partner whose expertise, research and sustainable practices are appreciated worldwide. In 2016, Neste's net sales stood at EUR 11.7 billion, and we were on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: