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Beacom School of Business Hosts POET CEO in Distinguished Lecture Series

Broin Copy. Chairman and CEO of POET, Jeff Broin, poses with students who attended his lecture sponsored by the Beacom School of Business' Distinguished Speaker Series.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business hosted Jeff Broin, Chairman and CEO of POET, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday March 15.

“We are very grateful to have Jeff Broin speak with us about his leadership experience.  His passion for his work is palpable and clearly has driven his personal and professional successes,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “The Beacom Distinguished Speaker Series is aimed to create long-lasting relationships that benefit local businesses and our students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Broin is the current Chairman and CEO of POET. Speaking to a crowd of more than 100 people at The Country Club of Sioux Falls, Broin spoke about his career path, the many benefits of and the future for biofuels.  Broin answered audience questions about marketing initiatives, policy decisions impacting biofuels, and environmental benefits to their use.

POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Broin is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Business. He was also recently presented an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from South Dakota State University. In addition to his current role at POET, Broin and his family founded Seeds of Change, a non-profit organization with the goal of transforming education, agriculture and environmental conditions worldwide.

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USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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