Don Endres

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Don Endres "serves as Chief Executive Officer of VeraSun Energy Corporation, the leading producer of renewable fuels in the US. As head of VeraSun, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Mr. Endres draws on more than 20 years of experience in building, operating and managing successful businesses.

"In 1985, he founded Special Teams, Inc. During his tenure as President and General Manager, Special Teams was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. in both 1994 and 1995. After Special Teams was sold to American Express in 1995, Mr. Endres assumed the role of President of American Express Special Teams.

"In 1999, Mr. Endres became a principal investor and Board member of CoEv, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic equipment. CoEv, which turned profitable within its first year of operations, later merged with Tyco International Ltd. In 1998, Mr. Endres co-founded and served as CEO of, Inc., an Internet payment company, and successfully spearheaded its merger with CyberSource Corporation.

"In addition to his role at VeraSun, Mr. Endres has a long history of making valuable contributions to the alternative energy industry at large, and continues to actively participate in the growth of this sector. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Alternative Fuel Institute (AFI), and the Enterprise Institute at South Dakota State University. Previously he served as co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Glacial Lakes Energy, an ethanol production facility in Watertown, South Dakota; and was an investor and Board Officer for Badger State Ethanol LLC in Monroe, Wisconsin.

"In 2000, Mr. Endres was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by South Dakota State University's College of Engineering and in 2005 was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award for "Emerging Entrepreneur." Mr. Endres holds a bachelor of science degree in animal science, with minors in computer science and economics, from South Dakota State University." [1]

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  1. Directors, VeraSun Energy, accessed February 7, 2009.