President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil Koehler has over twenty years experience in ethanol production, sales, and marketing in the western United States. He was co-founder and general manager of Parallel Products, a California-based ethanol production company, which he sold to a public company in 1998. He also founded Kinergy Marketing, an ethanol sales and distribution firm that was acquired by PEI in May 2004. Neil is a Renewable Fuels Association board member and the director of the California Renewable Fuels Partnership. He is also a sought-after speaker on the issue of renewable fuels. He has a B.A. degree in Government from Pomona College.
Chief Financial Officer
Bryon McGregor has over 25 years of treasury and finance experience. Prior to joining Pacific Ethanol in 2008, Bryon served as Senior Director of Treasury for E*TRADE Financial. While there, his responsibilities included international and U.S. brokerage treasury operations, corporate finance and investor relations. Prior to E*TRADE, he served as project finance head for ARCO and as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. Bryon has a B.S. degree in business management from Brigham Young University.
Vice President and General Counsel
Christopher Wright has over 30 years’ experience in managing the legal affairs of growth companies. Prior to joining Pacific Ethanol in 2006, he practiced law at leading national law firms, including some years as Partner-in-Charge of the Pacific Northwest office of Cooley Godward, a leading Silicon Valley-based firm. His career has involved advising company executives and boards of directors on governance, securities matters, and strategic transactions, with a particular focus on guiding the development of venture-backed companies. He has acted as general counsel for numerous technology enterprises in all aspects of corporate development, including fund-raising, business and technology acquisitions, mergers, and strategic alliances. He has degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Paul Koehler has over twenty years of experience in business development and marketing in the energy industry. Prior to joining Pacific Ethanol in 2005, he served as Director of Business Development for PPM Energy, Inc., leading their efforts to develop and acquire several wind power projects. Paul was also a co-founder of ReEnergy, one of the companies acquired by Pacific Ethanol. During the 1990s Paul worked for Portland General Electric and Enron in marketing and origination of long term transactions, risk management, and energy trading. Paul has a BA from the Honors College at the University of Oregon.
Vice President, Ethanol Supply and Marketing
Jim Sneed joined the Company as Vice President – Ethanol Supply & Trading in September 2012. Mr. Sneed served as Vice President – Ethanol Marketing & Trading for Hawkeye Gold, LLC from April 2010 to September 2012. From October 2005 until April 2010, he served as Vice President, Marketing & Logistics of Aventine Renewable Energy, an ethanol production and marketing company, helping build it from two ethanol plants in two states to marketing for fifteen production facilities in eight states. Mr. Sneed has worked for over 20 years in various senior management and executive positions in the ethanol industry. Mr. Sneed is a Certified Public Accountant, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Olivet Nazarene University and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.