IRFA Staff and Board Members

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s biodiesel and ethanol producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through legislative and regulatory efforts, education and promotion, and infrastructure development.

Board of Directors



Eamonn Byrne, Plymouth Energy, LLC

Vice President

Bill Howell, POET Biorefining Coon Rapids


Derek Winkel, Renewable Energy Group


Eric Hakmiller, Lincolnway Energy

Past President

Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC


Craig Willis, Archer Daniels Midland

Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy 

Board Members

Pat Edmonds, Big River Resources
Brad Davis, Corn, LP
Jerry Calease, Golden Grain Energy
Jim Stark, Green Plains
Mathew Driscoll, Homeland Energy Solutions
Daryl Haack, Little Sioux Corn Processors
James Broghammer, Pine Lake Corn Processors
Al Giese, Quad County Corn Processors
Bob Van Gelder, Siouxland Energy Cooperative
Brian Cahill, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Brad Wilson, Western Iowa Energy

IRFA Staff

Monte Shaw, Executive Director,
Lucy Norton, Managing Director,
Grant Menke, Policy Director,
Cassidy Walter, Communications Director,