Nov 23, 2010  |  ICGA

Bloomington, IL – Ron Miller was honored by the Illinois Corn Growers Association for his work in support of the ethanol industry during their Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel today.   He was presented with the Ethanol Award which seeks to celebrate the contributions of individuals that promote the ethanol industry.


Ron Miller has been a pioneer and leader in the ethanol industry since the early 80s when he fought for corn-based ethanol as an octane enhancer for gasoline.  He worked with USEPA under the Clean Air Act amendments to ensure that ethanol had role as an oxygenate in the nonattainment areas which significantly grew the ethanol market at the time.  Ron was also there when MTBE was removed from the marketplace allowing ethanol production to rapidly expand and he’s still active in ethanol issues today. 


“Ron took Pekin Energy Company from its humble beginnings as a 60 million gallon ethanol production facility, through its years with Williams Energy Company, until he was CEO of Aventine Renewable Energy Company where he grew the total capacity to 244 million gallons,” said Tim Lenz, ICGA President.  “It’s obvious that we have an innovative thinker and a leader among us and we are happy to honor him in this way.”


Miller has over four decades experience in the energy industry, the last thirty years in alternative energy and biofuels.  He possesses vast experience in sales, marketing, logistics, risk management, finance, investor relations, capital markets, business development, governmental affairs, environmental protection, leadership development, manufacturing operations, strategy development and implementation, and general management at the highest level. 


He was a founding member of the Renewable Fuels Association, the national trade association of the domestic ethanol industry, and remains its longest-serving Chairman ever.  For his work in development Aventine and the ethanol industry in general, Miller was named Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year for Energy in 2006 by Ernst and Young.


Miller graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and received his Master's degree in Business Administration in 1989 from the University of Illinois.