As Vice President of Industry Relations, Robert White leads RFA’s various consumer education and marketing efforts. In addition to strengthening RFA’s visibility and managing its active market development team, Robert works with petroleum marketers and retailers, state and federal agencies, commercial fleets, and individual consumers to increase awareness about the benefits of ethanol and encourage greater development and use of renewable fuels.
Widely recognized as an expert on ethanol-related issues and the variations between ethanol-blended fuels, Robert frequently provides guidance and technical information to ethanol industry leaders. Currently, he acts as a key advocate for the Blend Your Own (BYO) Ethanol campaign, a joint effort by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and RFA to establish 5,000 blender pumps.
Previously, Robert was Deputy Director of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC). A veteran of the agriculture industry, he has also worked as Director of Value-Added Programs for the Kansas Corn Growers and Grain Sorghum Producers Associations.
An active member in ethanol and agricultural communities, Robert has served on various boards of directors and advisory committees, including the U.S. Grains Council, Kansas Ag Innovation Center, National Corn Growers Association, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, and National Sorghum Producers.
Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He holds two degrees, one in foreign languages and another in agricultural economics. Robert is also an official member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.