The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of individuals and companies for their substantial efforts to advance the U.S. ethanol industry during ACE’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last week.

Todd Sneller, the Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, headlined the awards ceremony as the recipient of ACE’s top honor, the “Merle Anderson Award,” named after ACE’s founding president and given to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of ethanol over his/her lifetime.

“It is really a special moment to be acknowledged for something and to be around people you have enjoyed working with and respect,” said Sneller after he received the award.

“While discussing who should receive this award, Todd overwhelmingly stood out. He is a trail blazer for his work in promoting ethanol. In the 70’s he became the executive director of the first state organization in the country that promoted ethanol usage. He helped pass the Clean Air Act in the 80’s, while also increasing ethanol retail locations in Nebraska during that time span. Todd’s efforts to promote ethanol continue today by highlighting ethanol’s price advantages and clean air benefits in the region. He deserves this recognition for his hard work,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of ACE.

The remaining 2015 ACE Award winners are listed below:

  • Power by People Award: Husker Ag, LLC of Plainview, Nebraska.
  • President’s Award: Steve Roe, CEO, Little Sioux Corn Processors, Marcus, Iowa
  • Policy & Legislative Leadership Award: America’s Renewable Future
  • Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award: Kum & Go
  • Media Excellence Award: Tom RIter, WNAX Radio