Officers & Directors

Gary L. Kramer

President Badger State Ethanol/Director

 Dr. Kramer is a co-founder of BSE and has been involved with Badger State Ethanol since its inception in 2000. Gary served as President/CEO/General Manager of Badger State Ethanol from 2002 to 2015. Now retired, he continues to hold the title of President of Badger State Ethanol and currently remains on the Board of Directors. 

Dr. Kramer has spent over twenty years studying the ethanol industry...developing broad knowledge in plant development, project finance, business structure, plant engineering and operations. In 2005, he was the Wisconsin recipient of the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award along with a lifetime membership. Dr. Kramer worked with Growth Energy for five years as an ethanol advocate traveling to Washington D.C. twice each year to visit the "Hill".

From 1973 to 2001 , Dr. Kramer was a veterinarian, and retired as president and senior partner at Chapin, Sutter, Chapin, Ltd., of Lena, Illinois, a veterinary service corporation employing eight veterinarians. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. He has also served as a member in a number of professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, and Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. 

Today, Gary continues to reside near Lena, IL with his wife, Kathy. He devotes his time to family, is chairman of the Board of Elders for St. John Lutheran Church and enjoys travelling, yard work, gardening, fishing, boating and ATVing at Lake Carroll. 

Gary closely follows the activities at the plant and takes great satisfaction in watching the plant continue to grow and prosper under its excellent leadership and management. 

 

 

 

Erik Huschitt

CEO & General Manager

Mr. Huschitt joined Badger State Ethanol in January of 2002. Mr. Huschitt started as Badger State Ethanol's Commodity Manager where he has managed the commodity and logistical functions of all of BSE's inputs and outputs. Since that time, Mr. Huschitt has worked into the General Manager role while still overseeing the management of all commodities and logistics. Mr. Huschitt currently serves as President of the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association which plays a vital role in Wisconsin's Feed and Grain Industries.

Mr. Huschitt is proud to be a resident of Monroe where he and his wife Heather raise their three boys; Hunter; Heath; and Chase. They are members of the St. Victors Church and he takes an active role in coaching his boys in YMCA sport programs.

Prior to returning back to Wisconsin; Mr. Huschitt spent seven years merchandising and managing grain assets for The Scoular Company in Overland Park; KS and Continental Grain in Hutchinson, KS and Amarillo; TX. In those roles he has managed millions of bushels of space and traded corn; wheat; and sorghum from California to the feedlots of Texas.

Mr. Huschitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with at BS in Agricultural Business Management. He has served as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer and holds both State & National FFA Degrees.

 

Jim Leitzinger

CFO/Controller

Jim Leitzinger has been the Controller/CFO at Badger State Ethanol since July 2002. He has the primary responsibility of custodian of the company's assets.

From August 2000 until July 2002 and immediately prior to joining Badger State Ethanol, LLC Jim was the Finance Director for the City of Freeport, IL where he led the City's financial strategic planning and fiscal analysis efforts.

Jim grew up on a farm in southwest Wisconsin and his background and experience in the agricultural sector served him well as the Controller for Agri-Tech FS, Inc. Jim held the Controller position for this FS cooperative from May 1990 until August 2000. In addition to his Controller duties, Jim also held the positions of Credit Manager and Agri-Finance Coordinator.

From 1988 until 1990, Jim was the Controller for Widen Colourgraphics, LTD, a 4 color separator located in Madison, WI. From 1985 until 1988, he was a staff accountant with the CPA firm of Bailey & Stolzman, S.C., also located in Madison, WI.

Jim served on the Board of Directors for the Shullsburg School District for three terms. He was the Board President during a construction/renovation project. He was also a long time Board of Director for Fever River Sports Productions, Inc.

Jim is a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a BS in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Wisconsin since 1989.

 

Nate Klassy

Chairman of the Board/Director

Mr. Klassy recently retired as Director of Public Works for the City of Monroe, a position he held for over 14 years. Through this position, Mr. Klassy effectively directed the business of the city while at the same time establishing hundreds of contacts throughout Wisconsin. Nate continues to maintain contacts with several departments of the State of Wisconsin including the Departments of Transportation, Highways, Airports, Railroads, and DNR. Mr. Klassy serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and the Southwestern Regional Planning Commission, appointed by the Governor. Mr. Klassy is also on the Green County Solid Waste Board and Greenwood Cemetery Board, serving as chair on both.

 

O. Wayne Mitchell

P.E. – Vice President of the Board/Director

Mr. Mitchell is currently Principal of MSW Consulting, Inc., which provides engineering and consulting services to the renewable energy industry. He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Badger State Ethanol, LLC, a fuel ethanol production facility in Monroe, WI.

Prior to joining MSW, Mr. Mitchell was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Canergy LLC, a renewable energy company developing production facilities for cellulosic ethanol from energy cane in California. Mr. Mitchell also held technology and business development positions with Agra Industries, Inc. and Fagen, Inc. At Fagen, he led the fuel ethanol project group resulting in development and construction of over 50 fuel ethanol projects with a combined capacity of over 3.5 billion gallons per year.

From May 1998 to June 2000, Mr. Mitchell served as Process Team Leader for Reilly Industries, Inc., where he directed multidisciplinary teams engaged in chemical process research and development. From March 1998 to June 2000, Mr. Mitchell was President and owner of Solid Rock Consulting, LLC, a private company providing consulting services to the ethanol industry. Solid Rock Consulting, LLC is currently inactive. From May 1996 to May 1998, he worked as Plant Manager and Quality Assurance Manager for Micronutrients, LLC, an animal feed supplement manufacturer. Prior to joining Micronutrients, from January 1993 to May 1996, he served as the Design Engineer for Broin and Associates, Inc. where he performed detailed process design and start-up of dry grind ethanol plants. From August 1991 to January 1993, he served as senior environmental project engineer for Heritage Environmental Services, Inc. where he was involved in environmental consulting and project management at major oil refineries. Prior to that, Mr. Mitchell served as an area manager for Ethyl Corporation. Mr. Mitchell has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Kevin Malchine

Secretary of the Board/Director

Mr. Kevin Malchine became President of Malchine Farms, Inc. in 1993, after working full time since 1979 with his father John Lee Malchine and brother John Michael Malchine, a family farm operation since 1854. He has served on many local and state Farm Bureau committees including State Task Force for the impending 2007 Farm Bill. Currently, he is serving on the Conserv FS Board that services Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1999 and has served as Treasurer from 2003 to 2006 and Vice President since January 2007. Mr. Kevin Malchine also has served his local community on the Waterford Union High School Board as Treasurer since 2000 until 2004 and has served as Vice President since 2005. He has partnered with his brother John Michael Malchine in a company that has developed properties ranging from subdivisions to an Industrial Park. Mr. Kevin Malchine is the youngest son of Mr. John Lee Malchine, co-founder of Badger State Ethanol.

 

David Kolsrud

Director

David is the president of DAK Renewable Energy and has 16 years of proven experience in the renewable energy industries. He helped develop, organize, and fund over twenty projects. David’s expertise is used primarily in the areas of ethanol, biodiesel, and wind projects. In 2006, David formed DAK Renewable Energy Inc. DAK Renewable Energy manages eleven LLC’s with investments in multiple renewable projects. DAK also does project development and consulting.

David has been the Cooperative Manager at Agri-Energy LLC in Luverne, MN from 1995 until its sale to GEVO in 2010. He also represents owners on several companies’ board of directors. He is currently on the board of directors for Windustry.

David and his wife Char continue their farming operation, which started in 1973. They have two grown children Jill and Chris.

 

 

Nick Bowdish

Director

Nick Bowdish is President of N Bowdish Company LLC.  Formed in 2013, N Bowdish Company provides project development and management services to the ethanol and grain industries.  N Bowdish Company currently provides services consistent with the role of President/CEO to Siouxland Ethanol, LLC located in Jackson, Nebraska.  It also currently provides services consistent with the role of President/CEO to Elite Octane, LLC located in Atlantic, Iowa.

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Bowdish was General Manager of Platinum Ethanol, LLC located in Arthur, Iowa where he was the sole manager of Platinum’s commodity margin and risk management strategy

From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Bowdish was a project developer at Fagen, Inc. located in Granite Falls, Minnesota where he served the ethanol, wind, and industrial process industries.

Mr. Bowdish is a Director on the Board of Badger State Ethanol located in Monroe, Wisconsin, a Director on the Board of Homeland Energy Solutions located in Lawler, Iowa, and a Director on the Board of New Hope Village, an organization that cares for persons with disabilities located in Carroll, Iowa.  Mr. Bowdish previously served on the Boards of Western Wisconsin Energy, Heron Lake Bioenergy, and Ethanol Europe Renewables Limited, all corn ethanol production facilities.

Mr. Bowdish graduated from The University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management