Leif Forer resume

Leif C. Forer
PO Box 557 | Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 533-9007 | leif@biofuels.coop
A biofuels professional and entrepreneur with over ten years experience in business development,
government relations, and public advocacy with an emphasis on catalyzing growth of North Carolina’s
sustainable biofuels industry. Natural problem solver skilled in developing, executing, and offering
measurable results on strategic and tactical plans to address various business and innovation endeavors.
Consensus builder with strong individual and group communication, management and partnership
development skills.

Professional Experience
Piedmont Biofuels Industrial – Pittsboro, NC 2002 – present
Co-Founder, Chief of Engineering
• Leader in growing grassroots, three-person company into internationally recognized enterprise now
viewed as a model within sustainable biodiesel movement and which offers green jobs to about 20
full time employees and consults regularly to a broad range of biofuels projects worldwide
• Manage design, construction, regulatory compliance and operations of BQ9000 accredited industrial
plant that recycles, converts and markets over two million gallons of biodiesel and biofuel coproducts
from multiple feedstocks per year
• Contracted consultant on dozens of biodiesel projects. Engineered process technology and operations
for multiple plants
• Responsible for fiscal planning and financial modeling
• Refine biodiesel by-products to become marketable co-products
• Serve on National Biodiesel Board Regulatory Committee and RFS2 Working Group

North Carolina Biodiesel Association – Candler, NC 2007 – present
• Coordinate biodiesel policy efforts with members of the General Assembly, as well as federal
representatives and local government officials
• Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key legislative and related constituencies in the state
to progress the industry’s policy agenda
• Manage media relations, education and outreach initiatives as spokesman
Central Carolina Community College – Pittsboro, NC 2002 – present
Adviser, Consultant, and Instructor
• Developed structure and curriculum for premier biofuels degree which is now permanently included
in the North Carolina Community College System
• Designed and taught a range of courses that covered the environmental, political, and practical
implications and applications of biofuels
• Oversaw design of state-of-the-art biofuels demonstration plant for new Sustainable Technologies
Building (opened Fall 2010)
• Provide continued strategic direction for the biofuels curriculum through service on the Biofuels
Advisory Committee

Weaver Community Housing Association – Carrboro, NC 2002 – 2007
Vice President
• Collaborated with County Commissioners and staff to implement affordable housing legislation in
Orange County
• Directed and negotiated acquisition, capital improvements, and renovations of five downtown
apartment buildings to serve as affordable co-op housing options
• Developed zero and limited equity co-op models for affordable housing market
• Managed annual planning, fundraising, meeting facilitation, conflict mediation and consensus
building among diverse resident members

Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems – Amherst, MA 1999 – 2001
• Developed commercially successful, easily installed, biofuel conversion kits for diesel engines
• Raised start-up capital for company operations
• Created and executed sales and marketing program

Hampshire College – Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Business/Entrepreneurship, 2001
Graduated in three years with Honors; elected student representative to Board of Trustees finance committee
and student body Community Council

Awards include:
• National Cooperative Business Association: Business Leadership Scholarship, 2002
• Mass Ventures: Sustainable Enterprise Award, 2001
Publications & Presentations include:
• “Making and Marketing Biodiesel Co-Products”, Sustainable Biodiesel Summit, Grapevine, TX.
February, 2010
• “Saving the World’s Most Valuable Commodity”, Biofuels International, Volume 4, Issue 1. January,
• Columnist, BiodieselSMARTER. 2007 – Present
• “Process Quality Control” Biodiesel Comprehensive Workshop, Abundance Foundation, Pittsboro,
NC. October, 2009
• “Safety: Regulations, Teaching, Liability, and Other Hazards of Biodiesel Production” Collective
Biodiesel Conference, Washington DC. August, 2009
• Panelist, Biofuels Forum at National Agricultural Leadership Conference, North Carolina State
University. April 2008
• “North Carolina Public Policy, Legislation & Incentives”, Biodiesel Basics and Feedstock: A Forum
for Consumers and Producers, BioNetwork, Clayton, NC. March, 2008
• Contributor, Producer Working Group, Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Oxford, NC. October,
• Instructor, Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, North Carolina State University. March,
• “The Piedmont Biofuels Story”, North Carolina Energy Conference, Efficient NC: Leading by
Example, Raleigh, NC. March, 2005
• “Biodiesel Basics”, Alternative Fuel Odyssey Day, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium,
Raleigh, NC. April, 2004
• Guest lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University,
Appalachian State University, Warren Wilson College, Wake Forest University, multiple community
colleges and groups. 2002 – Present
• Presenter, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Washington, DC. August, 1999

One Response to Leif Forer resume

  1. Hi Leif,

    We are currently discussing the possibilities of starting up a small biodiesel processing and distribution company on the island of curacao (Caribbean). I read your story and development of Piedmont Biodiesel corp. and it looks like a very examplary model to follow for a successful path to grow the business (we only have 150,000 people on the island, but we can serve as a model for the whole caribbean region). We are talking to the government to put the necessary legal framework in place to allow such development. We would like to have direct contact with you to discuss our plans and how you can help us and the government to realize this plan. Please let me know if you are interested to do so. Regards. Reggie Carolina

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