The biofuels advocate Growth Energy is beefing up the head office with the addition of Jim Nussle as president and chief operating officer. Nussle is a former eight-term Congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget under the George W. Bush administration.
Nussle has been on the Growth Energy board of directors since Feb. 2009, and starts in this newly created position today. Tom Buis, Growth Energy CEO, notes that Nussle will provide immediate value to the organization: "As a former Iowa Congressman, he also possess the knowledge of ethanol and agriculture that will allow him to hit the ground running and be a powerful advocate."
Nussle notes that while representing Iowa's 1st District for 16 years he "witnessed the positive impact that ethanol production had on rural America." As president and COO, Nussle will be responsible for Growth Energy's day-to-day operations, including revenue growth, budget, expenses, communications and other non-lobbying associated activity.