Mr. Wendland is our Chairman, President and CEO. Mr. Wendland served as President and CEO for Golden Grain Energy, LLC near Mason City from 2002 until May 2014 and Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC near Lawler from December 2008 until November 2014 with oversight of all operations and activities with combined capacity of 250 million gallons of ethanol per year.
Mr. Wendland is also an investor in Golden Grain Energy, LLC, Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC and Absolute Energy, LLC. For the past six years, he has also co-owned and co-managed with his spouse, Janet Wendland (our Secretary and Treasurer), approximately 1,540 acres farmland in Iowa and 2,200 acres of farmland in Hyde and Buffalo Counties in South Dakota.
Mr. Wendland also served as a director, on the executive committee, and Secretary of Renewable Products Marketing Group (RPMG), a private company, director and chairman of the risk management committee of Guardian Energy, a private company, served on the advisory committee of Ethanol Risk Management SPC and was chairman of the Casualty Risk Control committee. Mr. Wendland is also involved in several industry organizations and was a founding member of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Mr. Wendland has twice served as President of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and previously served as Treasurer, director and member of the executive committee of the national Renewable Fuels Association.
Tom Hanson has been involved in the production of alcohol since 1990. Mr. Hanson started with Midwest Grain Processors in Pekin, Illiois. Mr. Hanson was also the production manager for POET at Jewel, Iowa and helped Brion start up their first 60 million gallon per year plant. Mr. Hanson was the plant manager at Sterling Ethanol in Sterling Colorado. He was also the plant manager for Best Energy in Cashton Wisconsin. In addition, he was the V.P. of Operations for Guardian Energy in Janesville, Minnesota.
Janet Wendland, Mason City, Iowa. Ms. Wendland is our Secretary and Treasurer. Ms. Wendland worked for the Iowa Department of Education in the Bureau of Food and Nutrition for over 21 years as a State Consultant reviewing Child Nutrition Programs for compliance and as Project Director on several Federal USDA grants. As Project Director, Ms. Wendland was responsible for grant reporting and financial management of the grant funds for grants in award amounts ranging between $1.0 million to $4.0 million. Prior to her employment with the Iowa Department of Education, Ms. Wendland taught at Sumner, Iowa, for 7 years and at Iowa State University. Ms. Wendland also co-owns and manages with her spouse, Walt Wendland (our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), approximately 1,540 acres of farm ground in Iowa and over 2,200 acres of farm ground in Hyde and Buffalo Counties in South Dakota. Additionally, Ms. Wendland manages approximately 960 acres of farm ground in Iowa owned by a family farm corporation with her siblings. Ms. Wendland has a PhD in Education from Iowa State University.