Life Lessons, Herding Sheep, and the Future of Ethanol

Tom Willis , CEO of Conestoga Energy, has spent his entire life working in agriculture. Tom earned bachelor degrees in economics, business administration, and agricultural business from Utah State University. He’s spent most of his career in risk management and agribusiness, with companies including General Mills and JR Simplot. In 2004, Tom took over as CEO at Conestoga Energy taking the company from 3 to 220 employees and $1.5 billion in sales. Additionally, Tom currently serves on the National Sorghum Producers Board of Directors and The Koch Foundation’s Youth Entrepreneur Board. He’s also the past Chairman of the Kansas Association of Ethanol Producers and past President of the Montana Grain and Feed Association. We also talk about a wide variety of interests in his life such as politics, religion, water farms, Old Chicago Pizzas, and herding sheep. Listen to the podcast below to learn more about this great role model to the public and young entrepreneurs.

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