December 27, 2011
By, Jim Lane
22. Wesley Clark, Co-chairman, Growth Energy; Tom Buis, CEO
We have paired Wes Clark and Tom Buis at #22; both pulled down a lot of votes, with Clark a little ahead owing to his generally higher profile. Both have been persistent, consistent, relentless and yet entertaining advocated for first-generation ethanol, and certainly make news. Their early recognition to move away from the VEETC ethanol tax credit and onto market development with blender pump financing has begun to pay dividends at the state level, and is likely to be the centerpiece of any federal assistance for ethanol going forward.