Leadership

Meet our Officers

Jeanne McCaherty

RFA Chairperson

Jeanne McCaherty is the Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Energy Management, LLC. Guardian Energy Management provides executive management for Guardian Energy, LLC, Guardian Energy Holdings, LLC, and Hankinson Renewable Energy, LLC, three leading ethanol manufacturing businesses. She has a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Ms. McCaherty serves on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Product Marketing Group, LLC, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Renewables Fuels Association, and the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Biofuels Association.

Erik Huschitt

RFA Vice Chair

Erik Huschitt is the CEO of Badger State Ethanol (BSE).  He has been with BSE since January of 2002.  Mr. Huschitt currently serves as president of the Wisconsin Biofuels Association and has spent years on the board of the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association which plays a vital role in Wisconsin’s Feed and Grain Industries. Prior to returning to Wisconsin, Mr. Huschitt spent seven years merchandising and managing grain assets for The Scoular Company in Overland Park, KS and Continental Grain in Hutchinson, KS and Amarillo, TX. In those roles he managed millions of bushels of space and traded corn, wheat, and sorghum from California to the feedlots of Texas. Mr. Huschitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a BS in Agricultural Business Management. He is proud to have served as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer and holds both State and National FFA Degrees.

Charlie Wilson

RFA Treasurer

Charlie Wilson is the President of Trenton Agri Products LLC, an ethanol plant in southwest Nebraska. Mr. Wilson is Treasurer of the Renewable Fuels Association and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and is Vice President of Renewable Fuels Nebraska and serves on its Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting, Mr. Wilson practiced as a CPA with Arthur Young & Company before entering private business.

Rick Schwarck

RFA Secretary

Mr. Schwarck has served as the President, Chairman, & CEO of Absolute Energy, L.L.C., an ethanol plant located near St. Ansgar, Iowa. Prior to co-founding Absolute Energy, L.L.C., Mr. Schwarck had a successful, 30 year financial services career. He was co-owner of The Schwarck Agency, L.L.C., an insurance and investment firm. Mr. Schwarck was a 30 year member of the National Association of Insurance and Investment Advisors. Mr. Schwarck was a Certified Senior Advisor and Registered Representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Board of Directors

wdt_ID Name Company
1 Jeanne McCaherty, RFA Chairperson Guardian Energy, LLC
2 Erik Huschitt, RFA Vice Chair Badger State Ethanol, LLC
3 Charles Wilson, RFA Treasurer Trenton Agri Products, LLC
4 Geoff Cooper,  RFA President Renewable Fuels Association
5 Rick Schwarck, RFA Secretary Absolute Energy, LLC
6 Neal Kemmet Ace Ethanol, LLC
7 Ray Baker Adkins Energy, LLC
108 Eric McAfee Aemetis, Inc.
109 Randall Doyal Al-Corn Clean Fuel, LLC
110 Jim Leiting Big River Resources West Burlington, LLC

*Indicates Prospective Producer Member