One of the sponsors for the Cellulosic Ethanol Summit and Domestic Fuel coverage of it is the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council. EPIC Executive Director, Tom Slunecka was on hand and we sat down for a chat. I’ve been waiting to do this since he announced that he’s heading on to a new opportunity with KL Process Design Group (more on KL later).
Tom is the man who has been the voice of EPIC since the beginning a couple of years ago when he, along with founding members, ICM, POET and Fagen had the vision to start a promotional organization to brand their product and educate consumers in a big way. I remember when Tom walked into the media room at the Commodity Classic with some invitations to attend a press conference in Washington, DC with an IRL car on display. I think I was the only one to take him up on that offer at the time and we’ve been working with EPIC ever since.
I’d say we’ll miss Tom (I’m sure his staff will) but I know we’ll still be working with him as he ventures into the cellulosic side of the industry. So I guess you can view this as my exit interview with Tom from EPIC to a new chapter in his career. In my interview with Tom you’ll hear him say that EPIC is on very firm footing from a membership and financial standpoint and that there’s a full staff in place to move it forward aggressively in the coming year. I agree and I’m sure you’ll have plenty of opportunity to keep up with EPIC right here as we continue our support for the organization and the industry. We’re excited to find out who will replace Tom once the board completes their Executive Director search.
You can listen to my interview with Tom here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/ethanol/cellulosic-summit-07-slunecka.mp3]