Genera Energy CEO Kelly Tiller is White House Rural Investment Panelist

Tuesday’s 2015 White House Conference Explored Rural and Agricultural Economic Opportunities with Top U.S. Strategists and Agricultural Innovators

VONORE, Tenn. July 29, 2015 – Kelly Tiller, PhD, Genera Energy, Inc., CEO and president, was one of four featured panelists at the 2015 White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference July 28, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the White House Rural Council, this conference offered a forum for leaders in rural investment and financing to meet with pioneers in large-scale irrigation, biomass supply chain, agricultural data and lumber distribution businesses. Kelly Tiller headshot cropped

“I am honored to have been included as a member of ‘The Opportunity for Equity Investment in Ruraland Agricultural Businesses’ panel at the White House,” said Tiller. “It was an inspiration to meet with other like-minded innovators and investment advisors to share ideas and to brainstorm together forming new and better ways to encourage investment in these valuable U.S. assets.”

Tiller, Genera’s founder and chief funding developer, brings 20 years of agricultural research and leadership to Genera. Tiller and her team took the original bioenergy supply and logistics business model and built a top biomass supply company that is now a worldwide leader in feedstock development and supply chain innovation.

“The first conference, held last year, announced a $10 billion initial investment in the White House Rural Council, which was created in 2011,” explained Tiller. “It was a major success for potential rural and agricultural investment in America, and this year’s conference added to that success by bringing together businesses and investors committed to providing a better and more sustainable way to utilize our rural and agricultural resources,” she added, “while also encouraging investment in agricultural jobs, advanced technologies and small rural businesses.”

Other speakers on the panel included Hortau CEO Jocelyn Boudreau, FarmLink CEO Ron LeMay and Klausner Trading President Thomas Mende. The panel moderator was Jim Feinerman, associate dean, Georgetown Law Center. The panel focused on how each participant’s business raised funding and investment capital, each business’ opportunities for growth and potential barriers, and suggestions for ways the government could encourage continued growth in rural and agricultural businesses.

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