The Merle Anderson Award is named after the founder of ACE and is given to individuals who “display unmatched support and dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry.” Durante was presented with the award by Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, who received the award himself in 2015.
“Like Merle Anderson and the many distinguished award recipients recognized by his namesake award, Doug Durante has worked for many years as a tireless champion for ethanol and clean fuels,” Sneller said. “We’ve been fortunate to have the partnership of Durante and his contributions to the ethanol industry over the past 35 years.”
Durante was surprised and humbled by the award. “These are real people and I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with them and see how the rubber meets the road,” he said.
Audio file: Interview with Doug Durante, CFDC