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About US


The AFOA is dedicated to constantly updating and informing our members of news in the industry. We work to improve trade relations in the fats and oils industry around the world.

01. Benefits

Member benefits include access to AFOA Trading Rules, our extensive member list, discounts on annual events and up-to-date information and news in the industry.

02. Membership

The initial membership fee allows your company the option of one primary location and three members, and provides a significant discount on the annual meeting fees.

03. And More

For multiple locations, or more than three members, that would like to take advantage of AFOA Member Benefits and membership, you will have the opportunity to attach additional information and contacts.


AFOA American Fats and Oils Association

Join the American Fats and Oils AssociationJoin AFOA American Fats and Oils Association today by completing the application form!

The application fee includes one primary business location and three members. If you would like to add multiple locations or if you have more than three members that would like to take advantage of AFOA membership, you will have the opportunity to attach additional information and contacts.

AFOA Membership

Apply online or call (803) 252-7128 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.


AFOA Officers

Brian Owens


PBF Energy

Chris Peterson

First Vice President


Dave Mack

Second Vice President

Moving Parts LLC

Logan Kuch


Columbus Vegetable Oils 

Anne Pfau


Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Inc. 

John Reynolds

Immediate Past President

Fidelis New Energy


Board of Directors

  • Erin Alves — Canadian Pacific Railroad
  • Kevin Baker — Valley Proteins,Inc.
  • Dave Elsenbast — AgriBio Commodities, LLC
  • Tyler Hagenow — Sanimax Marketing, Limited
  • Jessica Hecht — MPB Commodities Brokerage Company
  • Christian Hildebrand — Stratas Foods LLC
  • Changjian Ji — Cargill, Inc.
  • Courtney Lawrenson — Ag Processing, Inc.
  • Chuck Malone — Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Bill McBee — North Dakota Soybean Processors
  • Paul Nees – Chevron Renewable Energy Group
  • Justin Nielsen — Veracity Edible Oil Solutions (VEOS)
  • Brett Peterson — CHS Inc.
  • Matt Reiner — POET Nutrition
  • John Reynolds — Fidelis New Energy
  • Grant Saar — West Coast Reduction
  • Shelby Simmons — The Andersons Inc.
  • Jay Van Valen — JST Global


Honorary Directors

  • David Haselschwerdt — Sunbelt Commodities, Inc. 
  • Rick Hegenberger — Gersony-Strauss Company, Inc.
  • Albert Mogerley — Hudson Tank Terminals Corporation*
  • Liam Rogers — Hudson Tank Terminals Corporation
  • David Rothschild — MBM Company*
  • Nick Sander — American Commodities Brokerage Co.
  • Bill Simeral
  • Ralph Joel – Somar- Universal Tanker Chartering, Inc.



Committee Members

Animal Protein Committee

  • Michael Carlson (Sanimax Markeing, Limited), Animal Protein Chair
  • Kyle Canning (Scoular)

Vegetable Oil Committee

  • Justin Nielsen, (VEOS) Vegetable Oil Chair
  • Cate Gagliardo, (S&P Global – Commodity Insights)
  • Mike Meyers, (Ag Processing, Inc.)
  • Mike Hartquist, (Scoular)

Rules Review Committee

  • Michael Richardson, (Cargill) Rules Review Chairman

Scholarship Committee

  • Dave Elsenbast, (AgriBio Commodities) Scholarship Chairman

Tallow Committee

  • Trent Weatherly, (Montana Renewables) Tallow Chairman

Program Committee

  • Dave Mack, (Moving Parts LLC) Program Chairman
  • Anne Pfau (Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Inc.)
  • Brett Peterson (CHS)
  • Logan Kuch (CVO)

Arbitrations Committee

  • John Reynolds (Fidelis New Energy), Arbitrations Chair

Biofuels Committee

  • Chris Peterson (HERO BX), Biofuels Committee Chair
  • Paul Nees (Renewable Energy Group (REG))
  • Justin Nielsen (Veracity Edible Oil Solutions (VEOS))

Membership Committee

  • Anne Pfau (Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Inc.), Membership Chair

Nominating Committee

  • Brian Owens (Stratas Foods, LLC), Nominating Committee Chair
  • Christian Hildebrand (Stratas Foods, LLC)
  • Anne Pfau (Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co. Inc.)
  • Courtney Lawrenson (Ag Processing, Inc)
  • Paul Nees (Chevron Renewable Energy Group)

Transportation Committee

  • Jessica Hecht (MPB Commodities Brokerage), Transportation Chair
  • Brendon Rudiger (Norfolk Southern)



Leigh Wickersham

Leigh Wickersham

CAE | Executive Director

Phone: 803.252.7128

Jana Marie Faircloth

Jana Marie Faircloth

Account Executive

Phone: 803.252.7128


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Leigh Wickersham
Executive Director

PO Box 11035, Columbia SC 29211, USA


803.252.7128 | 803.252.7799