PRINCIPALS AND ASSOCIATES:
DOUGLAS A. DURANTE is President of Durante Associates, Inc. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), a non-profit organization supporting clean transportation fuels such as renewable alcohols. CFDC has a broad-based membership that includes automotive, agricultural, and engineering organizations throughout the country.
Mr. Durante has been working in the fields of energy, transportation, and the environment since 1977 when he was a staff member of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission for Congress. He later became the Director of Public Affairs for the National Alcohol Fuels Commission established by Congress and chaired by U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. He served an assignment as a special assistant in the Office of Alcohol Fuels for the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Durante has been involved in a number of legislative initiatives at the federal level for energy, transportation, and public works projects related to areas such as alternative fuels, coal slurry pipelines, international trade, agriculture, and tax policy.
In addition to his work with the CFDC, Mr. Durante currently represents a number of clients before Congress and serves as a liaison to federal agencies such as the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and EPA. He regularly develops legislative, regulatory, and financial assistance strategies for his clients. He has extensive experience in media relations and has been on radio and television as an expert guest or commentator. He directs Durante Associates ethanol development projects including feasibility studies, market assessments, and political and public relation strategies. He has been involved in dozens of ethanol studies in the U.S. and internationally.
He served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Fuels Advisory Committee, which developed the regulatory programs governing the Oxygenated Fuel and Reformulated Gasoline Programs, and the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition’s Biomass Advisory Committee. He also served on the U.S. Department of Energy's Business Roundtable Advisory Group, and the working group of the Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force. Most recently he served on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and chaired the Fuels Subcommittee. He has also served on a number of state advisory boards and councils, including in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico. Mr. Durante holds a B.A. degree in English and Journalism from Elon University in North Carolina and has completed a number of graduate courses in business and government affairs.
RAYMOND W. DURANTE is Chairman
of the Board of Durante Associates, Inc. He has over 50 years
of professional experience and has held senior management
positions in industry and the federal government. The most
noteworthy of these include: design and project engineering
on the Savannah River Project and Nuclear Submarine Program,
Industry Exchange Executive for the U.S. Department of Interior,
Vice President for Energy Programs for Westinghouse Electric
Corporation, Executive Vice President of the Schneider Group
of Pittsburgh, and currently President of Durante Associates,
Mr. Durante managed a major contract with the Canadian government
aimed at introducing Canadian nuclear technology into the
United States. Mr. Durante assisted in setting up and managing
a U.S. company which served as the applicant in the submittal
of the CANDU reactor design to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission for certification. He managed a group of specialized
nuclear licensing consultants and served as liaison between
AECL and the U.S. utilities and U.S. government agencies.
He participated in the Plutonium Disposition Program initiated
by the National Academy of Sciences to determine how mixed
oxide fuel elements could be burned in CANDU reactors. Durante
Associates has represented a dozen major U.S. corporations
in business development activities for both government and
Prior to forming Durante Associates, Mr. Durante was Vice
President for Advanced Energy Programs with the Westinghouse
Electric Corporation responsible for government and utility
research and development programs. He participated in many
of Westinghouse's successful programs for the operation and
management of DOE Weapons Laboratory and waste management
sites. He was also involved in other energy programs such
as solar, magnetohydrodynamics, cold gasification, and fuel
cell development. In 1966, he was selected by President Johnson
as an Industry Exchange Employee and assigned to the U.S.
Department of Interior to manage a large nuclear desalination
Mr. Durante holds degrees of Mechanical Engineer and Master
of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stevens Institute
of Technology. He is a graduate of the Industrial College
of the Armed Forces and has completed technical and business
courses at Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School. In 1986
he was elected Fellow for the American Nuclear Society and
in 1994 he was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences.
He has been involved in a number of engineering professional
societies and has served in many management positions with
the American Nuclear Society. In February 1995, he was named
President of the Food Safeguards Council, a new non-profit
organization established to promote and develop food irradiation
LEE ACKERMAN has had a distinguished 30 year career with substantial experience in projects relating to energy, construction, mining, telecommunications and packaging. Mr. Ackerman has spent the last 4 years performing development and consulting work in the renewable fuels industry. Prior to that, he spent 24 years working for Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. a multi-billion dollar corporation. Mr. Ackerman has directly engaged in ethanol projects for the past several years developing business plans and pre-feasibility studies for early stage projects as well as assisting in site selection and raising of capital.
He was a partner in the Cornhusker Energy ethanol facility in Lexington, Nebraska. His areas of expertise include feasibility studies, site selection, capital procurement, permitting, and the negotiating of design-build contracts for both biodiesel and ethanol projects. Prior to his focus on renewable energy projects, Mr. Ackerman spent the last 12 years of his career at Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. in the treasury department, retiring in 1997 as Assistant Treasurer Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and Treasurer of Kiewit Construction Group Inc. His responsibilities included managing, coordinating, and projecting receipts on over 300 construction projects at any given time; maintaining bank relations; overseeing borrowing lines and letters of credit for all Kiewit operations; managing the investment portfolio; and coordinating the employee stock program with funding financial institutions. In addition to maintaining his own consulting practice, he works with Durante Associates on a variety of ethanol projects and directs many of the firm’s site selection activities.
He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He has a certificate of Management Accountancy and a certificate of Treasury Management.
WILLIAM C. HOLMBERG retired
as Lt. Colonel, USMC in 1970 after 20 years of distinguished
service. For the last 20 years, Mr. Holmberg has been
involved in public policy issues involving energy, the environment,
agriculture and other related areas both as a government
employee and in the private sector. He held a variety
positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
dealing with such issues as nuclear power plants, federal
programs, as well as intergovernmental relations and
regional operations. Mr. Holmberg later worked at the Federal
Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy where
he directed field operations including the Domestic Policy
of the Solar Energy Program. He later served in the Office
of Alcohol Fuels directing marketing and education efforts.
Since entering the private sector, Mr. Holmberg has been
a consultant to the Mayor of Chicago for electric power
and efficiency programs and was the president of his own
efficient lighting company. During this time he was also
engaged as a consultant to the ethanol fuels industry
and has been a Washington lobbyist and advocate for renewable
energy, energy efficiency, and environmental programs.
Holmberg recently served a special assignment on the
staff of U.S. Senator Ben Nelson as the coordinator for the
fuels standard debate within the Senate energy bill.
Successfully completing that assignment and helping the energy
the Senate, Mr. Holmberg works with Durante Associates
on a variety of projects.
TERRY A. RUSE has more than
35 years of experience in the motor fuel business dealing
with gasoline, diesel, ethanol, and other fuels. He has been
directly involved in the U.S. ethanol industry since its
inception in the late 1970s as a plant manager, fuels trader,
and project developer. Until recently, Mr. Ruse was Chief
Operating Officer of Agri-Ethanol Products, LLC and Agri-Ethanol
Products NC, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Ruse successfully
completed feasibility studies and a business plan for a major
fuel-grade ethanol facility to be located in North Carolina,
and continues to oversee that project and several others
across the country. In the North Carolina project and others,
Mr. Ruse has participated in financing activities with major
New York based lending institutions and private equity providers
across the country. He has extensive experience in plant
site assessment, feasibility studies, rail and truck transportation
planning and negotiation, and permitting. He managed a fuel-grade
ethanol facility and oversaw various expansions and additions
to ethanol facilities.
Mr. Ruse works with Durante Associates
on a variety of ethanol projects, particularly related to
early stage development, siting, marketing, and feedstock
supply and acquisition. He manages his own firm, Projects
Plus. LLC, in addition to those projects in which he collaborates
with Durante Associates. Mr. Ruse was appointed by Governor
Keating in 2002 as his representative on the Governorsí Ethanol
Coalition for the state of Oklahoma. Mr. Ruse is a former
board member of the Clean Fuels Foundation and is a member
of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC). He was recognized
by CFDC in 2004 as one of the Pioneers of the Ethanol Industry.
ROBERT E. SWEENEY has extensive
experience in government and utility energy matters. He has
performed and managed studies involving licensing, legislative,
public affairs, and policy matters, and has supported regulatory
affairs and operation of major nuclear facilities. He has
conducted research, interviews, and prepared white papers
in response to concerns of utilities, the public and regulators
on matters pertaining to the safety, licensing, and policy
affecting commercial and federal issues of nuclear facilities.
Mr. Sweeney has developed technical and regulatory publications
for the electric utility industry and conducted forums on
nuclear economics, safety, and regulatory interface and affairs.
He managed the successful licensing of the Seabrook Nuclear
Power Plant and St. Were Unit 2, and supports the affairs
of other nuclear plants throughout the United States. Mr.
Sweeney's experience also includes marketing and operations.
He has prepared monthly business plans on behalf of engineering
and technical services companies, manages private and government
proposal efforts, and successfully secured new clients in
energy sectors previously not marketed or explored by similar
firms. He is currently a senior consultant and officer of
the IBEX Group, Inc. and IBEX Engineering Services, Inc.
and serves as a primary associate to Durante Associates,
Inc. Prior to that, he held engineering and management positions
with EBASCO Services, Inc. and Southern Technical Services,
Inc. He received a BSME from the University of Massachusetts
at Dartmouth, has taken economics courses at Georgetown University,
and is a member of the American Management Association, American
Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Nuclear Society,
and is on the board of directors of the Food Safeguards Council.
RONALD G. SYKES, ESQ has
30 years of experience in automotive, fuel, and environmental
issues. He recently left General Motors after serving as
the Washington Representative and Coordinator, Federal Issues,
with responsibility for the Clean Air Act and product liability
matters. Mr. Sykes joined General Motors in 1967 at the Technical
Center in Warren, Michigan. He held a number of positions
on GM’s engineering and environmental staffs working
in areas of motor vehicle safety, noise control, and stationary
source emissions. He joined the GM Government Relations Staff
in Detroit in 1978 handling both product and non-product
related issues and from 1982-1985 administered field programs,
grassroots, etc. with GM’s Civic Involvement Program.
Mr. Sykes earned both a B.B.A. and an MA in Public Administration
from the University of Detroit. Mr. Sykes received his Juris
Doctor (cum laude) from Detroit College of Law. He graduated
from the Yale School of Management’s Executive Management
Program in 1991. Mr. Sykes maintains his own consulting practice
and collaborates with Durante Associates on various projects.
Doug Durante and Bill
Holmberg with Colorado Governor Roy Romer.