Alain Treuer has served as a director since October 2008 and Vice Chairman of the Board since August 2015. He also serves as Chairman of the Board's Compensation Committee and on the Nominating & Governance Committee. Mr. Treuer is the founder of VBV LLC, which was a joint venture formed in 2006 with a vision to develop and expand ethanol production in a vertical manner in the U.S. The strategy and vision set forth with the merger of VBV LLC and Green Plains in 2008 is the foundation that Green Plains executes today. Mr Treuer serves also since 2006 as Trivon’s (VirginConnect/ VirginConnect Mobile) Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee. TRIVON is a member of the VIRGIN family of Sir Richard Branson. Mr. Treuer is also since 2005 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tellac Reuert Partners (TRP) SA, a global Investment firm. Prior to joining TRP SA, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TIGC, a global telecommunications company that he founded in 1992 and sold in 2001. Mr. Treuer is a serial entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of vast experiences in various industries around the globe. Mr. Treuer has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).