Forum to Discuss Energy Revolution

National security; the U.S. economy; agriculture; the environment – they’re among the most significant issues in the U.S. today.

And at the center of all these is something called ethanol, according to Doug Berven, class of 1991 and vice president of Corporate Affairs for POET.

Berven will discuss “Revolutionizing Energy” at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at CJ Callaway’s Event Center.

Reserved tickets are $20 and include lunch. To order, visit or call 605.274.4404. Tickets at the door are $25.

“[Ethanol] is the response to oil prices that have shot up by 400 percent in less than a decade. It is an investment in domestic jobs as the U.S. reels from multiple recessions. It is America's clean energy boom, a counter to Venezuela's rise to prominence as keeper of the world's largest oil reserves,” Berven says of ethanol.

His discussion will outline ethanol's unique role in these debates and argue why the green fuel is the best solution to the nation's energy needs.

“Revolutionizing Energy”

Featuring Doug Berven '91, vice president of Corporate Affairs for POET

Berven joined POET, the world's largest ethanol producer, headquartered in Sioux Falls, in March 2003 and has served the organization in several roles since then. In his current position as vice president of Corporate Affairs, he promotes the corporate objectives of POET, the importance of agriculture and the benefits of ethanol domestically and internationally. He also sits on 12 of POET’s ethanol plant Boards of Directors, and serves as an advisor to several industry organizations, including BIO, ACORE, 25x25, Midwest Governors Association and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. Berven also manages strategic corporate relations for POET, promotes state, regional and national policy objectives for the industry, and is an internationally recognized authority on agriculture, renewable energy and ethanol.

A business administration major at Augustana, Berven held various roles in banking, real estate development and medical consulting prior to joining POET. He currently resides in Sioux Falls with his wife and two children.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations