Board of Directors
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Bill Jones is a second-generation farmer and cattle rancher who also has over 25 years of policy and political experience in the state of California. First elected to the California Assembly in 1982, he served twelve consecutive years, including two as Republican Leader. In 1994, he was elected Secretary of State of California as the first Central Valley politician to hold a statewide office; he served until January 2003. As both a farmer and public official, Mr. Jones followed the development of the ethanol industry for years, perceiving it as a solution for a number of problems, including environmental and economic issues. In January 2003, after state legislation led to a surge in demand for ethanol in California, he co-founded Pacific Ethanol. Mr. Jones has a BA degree in Agribusiness and Plant Sciences from California State University, Fresno.
Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer
Neil Koehler has over 30 years of experience in ethanol production, sales, and marketing in the western United States. He was co-founder and general manager of Parallel Products, California's first ethanol production company, which he sold in 1998. He also founded Kinergy Marketing, an ethanol sales and distribution firm that was acquired by Pacific Ethanol in March 2005. Mr. Koehler is a Renewable Fuels Association board member and the Director of the California Renewable Fuels Partnership. He is a sought-after speaker on the issue of renewable fuels. Mr. Koehler has a BA degree in Government from Pomona College.
Director and Chief Operating Officer
Mike Kandris has served as a Director of the company since June 2008 and as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2013. He previously served as an independent contractor to the company with a primary focus on plant operations. Mr. Kandris has 30 years of general management experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Ruan Transportation Management Systems (RTMS) where he had overall responsibility for all operations, sales, finance, and administrative functions. He also served as President of the Western Division of RTMS, which was heavily involved in the dairy industry. Mr. Kandris served on the Executive Committee of the American Trucking Association and as a board member for the National Tank Truck Organization. Mr. Kandris has a BS degree in Business from California State University, Hayward.
Terry Stone has served as a Director and Chair of our Audit Committee since March 2005. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in accounting and taxation. As the owner of his own accountancy firm, he provides accounting and taxation services to a wide range of industries including agriculture, manufacturing, retail, equipment leasing, professionals and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Stone has served as a part-time instructor at California State University, Fresno, teaching classes in taxation, auditing, and financial and management accounting. He is also a financial advisor and franchisee of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Mr. Stone has a BS degree in Accounting from California State University, Fresno.
Doug Kieta has served as a Director since March 2005. He has more than 45 years of profit center and project operations experience in the domestic and international power industries. Mr. Kieta is the President of Century West Projects, Inc., a consulting firm that provides project management services to the power industry. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Robins & Morton, an engineering and construction firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Kieta was formerly Vice President - Power for BE&K, Inc., an international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Kieta also served as Senior Vice President of Construction and Engineering at Calpine Corporation, a major North American power company providing electricity to customers and communities in 21 states and three Canadian provinces. Prior to joining Calpine, Mr. Kieta served for over 10 years as President & CEO of Century Contractors West, Inc. He is a member of the National Academy of Construction. Mr. Kieta has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.
Jack Prince has served as a Director since March 2005, and is currently Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee. Mr. Prince was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Dairyman's Cooperative Creamery Association, a dairy cooperative with nearly $1 billion in annual sales. After the cooperative's merger with Land O' Lakes in 1998, he was Executive Vice President with Land O' Lakes. After his retirement from Land O Lakes he served as a Regional Vice President for Ruan Transportation and In February of this year, with two partners, established Prin-Gram, LLC, a transportation management and investment company. He has served on the Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Rural Economic Development Board. Mr. Prince has a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
Larry Layne has served as a Director since December 2009, and is currently Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Layne was formerly Vice Chairman of Sanwa Bank in California. His 37-year tenure at Sanwa Bank and its predecessor, Lloyds Bank California, included heading the Commercial Banking Group composed of the bank's Commercial, International, Real Estate, Syndications, Asset Based Financing, Cash Management, Pacific Rim and Trust divisions. He also served on the bank's Management Committee and as Chairman of the Board of The Eureka Funds, a family of investment funds with total assets of $900 million. Mr. Layne serves as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Agricultural Foundation at California State University, Fresno. Mr. Layne has a BS degree in Dairy Husbandry from CSUF.