2010 Sioux Falls Business Conference Keynote Speakers

Breakfast Speaker
Jeff Broin – CEO and President of POET

Jeff Broin, the CEO and President of POET, has led the growth of a single, small ethanol production facility into what is now the world's largest producer of renewable fuels. At 22, Jeff served as General Manager of the Scotland, S.D. ethanol plant the Broin family purchased out of foreclosure in 1987, the first in the POET network.

Since, POET has grown into include several business entities providing a vertically integrated system including project development, design and construction, plant management, risk management, ethanol marketing and distillers grain marketing. The 27 POET plants have a combined annual production capacity of 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and approximately 4.5 million tons of distiller grains.

POET, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., is a leader in the effort to successfully commercialize cellulosic ethanol. Along with the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Iowa, POET is co-funding Project LIBERTY, the conversion of an existing ethanol production facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa into a biorefinery that produces grainbased ethanol and ethanol from corn cobs. Once finished, the plant will add 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol to its capacity.

Mr. Broin has taken the initiative to actively promote renewable fuels by serving on several boards of directors including Growth Energy, is a member of ACORE Leadership Council and reveived the "High Octane Award: at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in 2010. Mr. Broin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in agricultural business. He is married and has three children.

Lunch Speaker
Mike Huether – Sioux Falls Mayor

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is a Yankton native who graduated from South Dakota State University in 1984 with a degree in commercial economics. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 25 years.

Mike has 25 years of executive management experience, beginning in 1984 with Citibank South Dakota. He worked 15 years for Citi in South Dakota, New York, Texas and in Europe.

In 1999, he was hired to lead the development efforts at Premier Bankcard in Sioux Falls. After 10 years there, he resigned his executive vice president to run for mayor.

In his “spare” time, Mike enjoys running, tennis, golf and working on his yard. He is an avid hunter and attends as many potlucks as he can.


▪ Registration
  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
 Morrison Commons

▪ Welcome/Keynote Speaker
  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 Mortenson Center

▪ Breakout Session
  9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
 Madsen Center

▪ Breakout Session
  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Madsen Center

▪ Lunch/Keynote Speaker
  11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
 Morrison Commons

▪ Closing Comments
  12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Commons Building

Registration Questions: Rob Swenson • 605-977-3965 • rswenson@argusleader.com
Program Questions: Brad Heegel • 605-274-5508 or 605-274-6294 • brad.heegel@augie.edu