AFOA to Unite Fats and Oils Industry at 60th Annual Meeting


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American Fats and Oils Association

Isaiah Kingston serves as the chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, where he oversees the development of performance measures that uphold the company’s strategic direction. Beyond his obligations with the Utah-based company, Isaiah Kingston maintains affiliation with the American Fats and Oils Association (AFOA). The organization is preparing for its 60th Annual Meeting in October 2017.

The Annual AFOA Meeting presents professionals in the fats and oils industry with a platform to exchange ideas with peers and connect with customers and suppliers. Featuring a series of forums, seminars, and industry panel discussions, the meeting will explore various topics that range from animal proteins and vegetable oils to biofuels. Several keynote speakers will lead discussions, and participants will engage in networking opportunities through luncheons and receptions. In addition, the AFOA will host its 60th Anniversary Gala Reception on the final day of the meeting.

Registration fees vary according to membership with the AFOA and days attended. Attendance to the Gala Reception requires an additional fee. Four sponsorship levels are also available: Silver, Gold, Table, and Lanyard. The Annual AFOA Meeting will take place October 11-12, 2017, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.


The Common Biodiesel Blends

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Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC

A graduate of the University of Utah, Isaiah Kingston began his career as a general manager for Advanced Automotive and Advanced Rentals. He held this position for five years before accepting his current role as chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, a producer of advanced biofuels and chemicals.

Biodiesel, an environmentally friendly biofuel created from animal fats or vegetable oils, can be blended and used in varying concentrations. The different biodiesel blends are designated BXX. While the “B” stands for biodiesel, the “XX” refers to the percentage of biodiesel found in a particularly blend.

Low-level biodiesel blends contain around 5 percent of biodiesel. This means that they are denoted as B5 biodiesel products. Most B5 products are safe to use in a compression-ignition engine, according to ASTM International standards. Boats, tractors, heavy-duty trucks, and electrical generators can all handle B5 products.

Comprising 20 percent biodiesel, B20 products are the most common blends in the United States. In most cases, B20 biodiesels burn in a similar way as petroleum and can be used in fuel injection equipment and existing engines without affecting the operating performance of the engine. Some of the reasons B20 blends are so popular in the United States, aside from reducing greenhouse emissions, is that they are more affordable than using pure biodiesel and are compatible with a wider range of engines.

Finally, pure biodiesel is denoted as B100. Considered a high-level blend, B100 is less commonly seen in the United States due to the fact that there are fewer regulatory incentives that exist for producing pure biodiesel. Although B100 blends typically work in engines produced after 1993, they tend to gel in cold temperatures and can affect the warranty on an engine.

Scholarships from Washakie Renewable Energy

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Washakie Renewable Energy

A graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in economics, Isaiah Kingston started his career as the general manager of Advanced Automotive and Advanced Rentals. After five years with the company, Isaiah Kingston accepted his current position as chief financial officer for Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Washakie Renewable Energy supplies a diverse range of environmentally friendly products and services. The company also supports students in the field of renewable energy through its scholarships.

The Kingston Energy Scholarship benefits engineering students at the University of Utah. As many as 13 students undergraduate and graduate students receive this scholarship per year, helping them to pursue studies in the energy sector.

Another award, the Washakie Renewable Energy Applied Science Scholarship, assists high school students who plan to attend the University of Utah. Recipients of the award must demonstrate high academic achievement and interest in renewable energies and applied science.

For more information about applying for these scholarships or to learn about Washakie Renewable Energy’s work, visit

Increasing Baseball Pitching Speed

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Baseball Pitching

The chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, in Utah, Isaiah Kingston not only develops financial strategies, but also manages capital request processes and the company’s hedging needs. An active member of his community, Isaiah Kingston previously coached Little League Baseball.

Fastballs can be extremely intimidating to batters, but some pitchers struggle with increasing their pitching speed. In most cases, increasing speed begins with the legs. This may seem unrelated, but pitchers cannot throw with speed and accuracy when their lower body lacks stability. To improve stability, pitchers can do calf raises or lunges a few times a week.

In addition to working on the legs, pitchers may want to try lifting weights and improving their arm and shoulder strength. Many coaches suggest that pitchers avoid this to prevent injuries, but it can be done as long as players do not max out on their weights. Ideally, pitchers should comfortably be able to complete between eight and 15 reps of the weight they choose.

If balance and strength is not the issue, pitchers may have poor mechanics. Getting the right pitching mechanics is one of the simplest ways of improving pitching speed, and it involves everything from gripping the baseball properly to positioning the legs. Good mechanics ensures that the entire body moves as a single unit and that the legs, arms, and torso work together to increase the ball velocity.