Board of Directors
Phillip Wiedmeyer (Chairman)
Executive Director, Applied Research Center of Alabama
Phillip Wiedmeyer serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and provides his services to the organization without compensation. Phillip devotes approximately 30-40% of his time to ACFC activities.
Phillip is one of the original founders of ACFC in 2002 and has provided leadership and direction for the organization since that time. His career includes more than 40 years with Alabama Power Company where he has held numerous positions involved in the design, construction, and licensing of power plants and involving external/governmental relations, including serving for more than five years as the company's representative in Washington, D.C. He has also held the positions of Assistant to the President and Vice President of Economic Development for the company. He is currently a loaned Executive from Alabama Power and is serving as Executive Director of the Applied Research Center of Alabama, a non-profit organization which is involved in public policy issues impacting the growth and economic development of Alabama and its business climate.
Mark C. Bentley (Director)
Director, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Mark has been the Executive Director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) since August 2006.
Mark's career spans more than 49 years in all aspects of business - marketing, sales, operations, consulting and entrepreneurial. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts Mark holds an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Economics from Babson College.
ACFC is a non-profit, membership based, organization that participates in the U. S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program which promotes the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.
Bob Strickland (Vice President)
Bob Strickland retired from Alagasco after 32 years of service to become Cynergy Fuel's Director of Marketing until February of 2015. Bob currently serves as a service provider for Spire, a Laclede company. While with Alagasco, Bob was on the NGVAmerica Board of Directors and on the Drive Natural Gas Initiative Steering Committee formed by America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Gas Association. Bob also served on various OEM Vehicle, Infrastructure, Marketing and Education, and Legislative committees, and he started up and chaired the eleven state Southeastern NGV Corridor Committee. He currently serves as Vice-president of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and is on Alabama Natural Gas Association's NGV Committee.
Executive Director, Regional Planning Commision of Greater Birmingham
The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham coordinates regional and community-level planning and economic development activities for Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. The RPCGB serves six counties, 84 cities and over one million residents.
Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Energy, LLC
Crystal Energy, LLC is an independent wholesale distributor of ethanol and petroleum-based refined products. Crystal focuses on highly innovative techniques that anticipate customers' needs and demands. Crystal management has 40 years of experience in refined fuels industry. Crystal is acquirer and assimilator of multiple bulk petroleum storage terminals and creator of differentiated revenue streams including ethanol throughput, biodiesel manufacturing, environmental reclamation and terminal throughput.
Product Manager, Electric Trnasportation, Alabama Power Company
Alabama Power provides unmatched service to its customers at rates below the national average. Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama. To operate successfully, Alabama Power balances the earnings interests of our shareholders and the rates and reliability interests of our customers with our commitment to meet or exceed all government regulations and remain a positive corporate citizen. Alabama Power advocates alternative fueling including electric transportation technologies. Alabama Power wants our customers to receive economic, environmental, energy diversity, and efficiency benefits that come with using alternative fueling including electric transportation for residential, commercial and industrial needs.
Assistant Dean of Workforce Development, Lawson State Community College
Mr. Hobbs is the Assistant Dean of Workforce Development at Lawson State. In this capacity he oversees all non-credit related training and works with faculty and staff to promote and host a variety of special activities in support of local business and industry. Mr. Hobbs has been at the college since 2001.
Lawson State is a comprehensive, multi-campus college which seeks to provide educational opportunities, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for people in its service area. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible learning opportunities in order to prepare students for employment or career advancement, enable students to transfer to senior universities, and provide customized training for business and industry
Jim Bruce (J.B.) Smith
President, Hi-Tech Fuels, Inc.
JB is a native of Alabama with a long history of marketing and promoting alternative fuels, first as The Ethanol Corporation which introduced ethanol into the southern gasoline market and later as PMC Marketing Group and Hi-Tech Fuels, Inc. which served E85 to military and government installations throughout the region. Prior to entering the ethanol business, he held various executive positions in the petroleum industry. A founder and former Director of the Georgia Oil Men's Association, the Alabama Oil Men's Association and one of the original founders of ACFC,he has also served as Director and Treasurer of the Renewal Fuels Association.
JB is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.