PFI 2022 Annual Conference
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Pellet Fuels Institute 2022 Annual Conference Schedule

Attend Insightful Discussions and Network with Your Peers

June 21–23, 2022
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tuesday | June 21     

Registration Hours: 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Regency Prefunction West 

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12:00 – 1:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board Lunch

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1:00 – 5:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board Meeting

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6:00 – 10:30 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board & Conference VIP Appreciation Night*
An evening with the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field

*Reserved for PFI Board Members and Qualifying Diamond and Platinum sponsors

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Wednesday | June 22                    

Registration Hours: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Regency Prefunction West and 5:00– 6:30 PM | Vue Lounge 

Time Event
7:00 – 7:30 AM Grab and Go Breakfast
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Golf Tournament (Bus leaves at 7:30 am sharp)

The Bog

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5:30 – 7:30 PM

Member's Reception - Vue Lounge

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Thursday | June 23                       

Registration Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM  | Regency Prefunction West

Time Event
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM




Conference Sessions

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8:30 – 9:00 AM

Welcome/State of the Association

Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
Cory Schrock, PFI Chair, Fiber By-Products

9:00 – 10:00 AM How ESG Initiatives are Raising the Bar for Supply Chain Sustainability and Transparency for Wood Pellet Manufacturers 

Moderator: Frank Kvietok, Lignetics

Blaine Emery, Lignetics
Tom Inman, AHMI
Kyle Meister, SCS Global Services 
10:00 – 10:45 AM

Networking Break in the Atrium

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10:45 – 11:30 AM Where there’s Smoke: Gauging the Rising Tide of BBQ Appliance and Wood Pellet Markets

Without question, the rapid adoption of wood pellet grilling and smoking has been the most exciting expansion of wood pellet use in the United States in a decade. This panel will feature fuel and appliance manufacturers and explore where in the market’s lifecycle the industry finds itself. Is the market still a teenager and poised for more rapid growth, or instead, has the industry matured? Finally, the panel will debate whether industry participants can work together to ensure that the period of exciting growth continues.

Kenny Lisle, Lignetics
John Utter, Danson’s
Ralph Ten Bruin, Weber Stephens

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM A Discussion with the BBQ Pellet Category’s Newest Marketplace Entrants

The market signals from burgeoning demand for wood pellet BBQ appliances are being felt across the country. This panel conversation will feature two PFI producer-members who took heed and deployed capital to participate in this exciting corner of the wood pellet market. Listen as panelists recount their own journeys through concept, feasibility analysis, capitalization, construction and commissioning.

Scott Licamele, Manchester Wood Pellets
Jed Hammell,
Staggemeyer Staves
12:00 – 1:30 PM Working Lunch/Member's Meeting
1:30 – 2:15 PM

Beltway Update: Keeping Tabs on Regulatory and Policy Issues that Impact Wood Pellet Manufacturing and Use

The wood pellet industry is well-aligned with the ambitions of the Biden White House, or so it would seem. That said, there is risk for wood pellet heating to be left out of the clean energy tax provisions that seem likely to rise from the ashes of the Build Back Better spending package. The Pellet Fuels Institute and its partners are hard at work to make sure that any investment and support of clean energy technologies recognizes the economic and environmental benefit of wood pellet production and use.

Ryan Carroll, Vice President, Government Affairs, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
Jennifer R. Krowchun, Vice President, O’Neill and Associates
Tim Portz
, PFI Executive Director, Moderator
2:15 – 3:00 PM

A Data Rich Review of the 2021-22 Heating Season and the Winter That Was

This hallmark discussion at the PFI Annual Conference is built upon the data-set curated by the Energy Information Administration that has become the go-to source for information wood pellet about production, sales, inventory levels and feedstock purchases. Conference attendees will see a statistical breakdown of the 2021-22 heating season peppered with commentary and heating degree data for the most comprehensive review of the year that was available anywhere.

Connor Murphy, Lead Statistician, Energy Information Administration
Tim Portz,
Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Networking Break in the Atrium

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3:30 – 4:30 PM The Pellet Fuels Institute’s Annual Conversation with Producer Members           

Our producer’s panel serves as annual touchstone to identify, discuss and weigh the impact of the topics most prevalent in our industry today. Last year panelists shared the impact of inflation across the supply chain and increasingly tight labor markets. This year will find the industry exiting a lackluster winter, plenty of inventory on the ground but turbulence and potential opportunity in the global wood pellet market.

Brett Jordan, Lignetics
Harold Arnold
, FRAM Renewables
Ben Rose, Michigan Wood Fuels
John McAdow, Easy Heat