We’re just weeks away from the 2016 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) in Orlando, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference is “Full Throttle,” and Novozymes is helping us “Amp” up the annual live auction dinner event by sponsoring the festivities on behalf of their advanced liquefaction solution, Avantec® Amp. Growth Energy has also invited Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, ABC’s The Bachelor star Chris Soules and American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon to make an appearance as co-hosts for the evening. Live auction items include:

Truckload of Novozymes Ethanol Production Enzymes

Amp up your profitability with a truckload of Avantec® Amp! Novozymes’ newest advanced liquefaction solution can produce up to 15 percent more corn oil while reducing nitrogen inputs by 70-90 percent. Winner must take delivery by June 30, 2016.

Pheasant Hunt with Richard Childress Racing

Join Growth Energy and members of Richard Childress Racing for a pheasant hunt at the Thunderstik Lodge, in Chamberlain, S.D. Located in the South Dakota grasslands and overlooking the Missouri River, Thunderstik Lodge offers hunters of all skill levels a challenge through agricultural plots of corn, milo and sorghum, plus tree belts, waterways and grasslands. Hunts are conducted by experienced guides with trained dogs. All game is processed and prepared for transportation prior to departure. Includes lodging, meals, birds, apparel, guns, shells, skeet shoot, golf, entertainment and more.

Lake of the Woods Fishing Trip

Spend time on the Lake of the Woods near Baudette, Minn. on a boat chartered by Sportsman’s Lodge. You and eight of your guests have the opportunity to fish for walleyes, saugers and lake sturgeon. Lodging is included, transportation is not included.

UFC Experience

Start your experience the evening prior to the fight at weigh-in, followed by dinner with members from the American Ethanol Fight Team. On fight day meet several UFC fighters, watch the fight and attend a post-fight party. Auction winner may choose from any UFC sanctioned fight in 2016. Transportation and lodging not included.

Minnesota Vikings Pre-Season Fall Camp Experience

Join us in Mankato, Minn. to get unique access and time with Chad Greenway and other Minnesota Vikings as they prepare for the 2016 season. Guests will receive a meet-and-greet with Chad Greenway and other Viking players (pending availability), gift bags with signed memorabilia and more. Transportation and lodging not included.

NASCAR Driving Experience

Ever watched a NASCAR race and thought, “I can do that!” Well, here is your chance. This package will give you all the thrills and excitement of NASCAR racing in a smaller “condensed” version. After classroom instruction, you’ll be on track for 8-10 laps. This event will be held Wednesday, June 22 during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Milwaukee.

In 2015, the ELC live auction raised $308,000 for Growth Energy’s charitable causes including National FFA, Teach Ag and Feeding America. We hope to donate even more this year!

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Tom Buis

Co-Chair and Acting CEO at Growth Energy
Tom Buis joined Growth Energy in March 2009 as the CEO of the organization. Prior to joining Growth Energy, Buis was elected National Farmers Union’s 13th president. Buis had been with the organization since March 1998, previously serving as vice president of government relations. Buis served for nearly five years as senior agriculture policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. In addition, Buis worked for U.S. Rep. Jim Jontz, D-Ind., for nearly five years as legislative assistant and legislative director. He was also special assistant for agriculture to U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind. Before moving to Washington, D. C. in 1987, Buis was a full-time grain and livestock farmer in Putnam and Morgan Counties in West Central Indiana, with brothers Mike and Jeff, who continue to operate the family farm.

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