BioBlend Renewable Resources Taps Sam Burkett as New President

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ADM-backed, bio-based lubricants firm selects president to build green product distribution effort, expand ties to petroleum industry.

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Our products perform to the highest standards, they protect the equipment and the environment, and they fit perfectly into corporate risk management and sustainability strategies.

BioBlend Renewable Resources, a Houston-based manufacturer and marketer of bio lubricants, oils and greases, today announced the promotion of Sam Burkett to the firm's presidency. Burkett joined BioBlend in April 2007 and oversees developing the company's distributor network for renewable, biodegradable products. The BioBlend distributor network contains over a dozen major distributors, including Pumpelly Oil Company, Suburban Oil, Haycock Petroleum, and Dennis K. Burke, Inc. Part of Burkett's mandate in 2008 is to double this group of quality distributors.

Chairman of the Board Jeff Hart, who appointed Burkett, said, "he is the perfect choice to help the mature lubricants distribution industry discover that they can now expand their catalog and customer base with innovative, vegetable-based products and bio lubricants. He combines major oil company experience, a deep understanding of the lubricant distribution business and a passion for the environment."

"I tell everyone there are three reasons companies should choose BioBlend' bio lubricants instead of their current petroleum-based lubricant," says Burkett. "Our products perform to the highest standards, they protect the equipment and the environment, and they fit perfectly into corporate risk management and sustainability strategies."

Burkett's career began in major oil company fuels and has evolved toward management and marketing of renewable energy, bio-based fuels and specialty environmental products. After receiving a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served a six-year tenure with the Army Corps of Engineers. He joined Exxon Company, USA, in 1991 where he held positions in both the marketing and refining groups over the course of nine years. At Exxon he worked as a technical supervisor at the Baytown Refinery, as the National Accounts Manager and eventually as Manager for the Industrial Business Line of Exxon products.

In 2000, Burkett joined Fuel Quest, the Houston-based technology provider for the petroleum industry as Vice President of Sales and later worked at both DTN Energy, a petroleum expert, and with Panda Ethanol, a major developer and operator of large ethanol plants. He joined BioBlend in 2007 from Vertex Green Energy, where he led the biodiesel development program and established a consulting division specializing in renewable energy.

As president of BioBlend, Burkett says he's looking forward to not only expanding the distributor network, but also to launching a retail products division that will offer consumers a line of biodegradable, environmentally friendly products for home use.

About BioBlend:
BioBlend is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance, bio lubricants, oils and greases. The company's advanced lubricant products provide a renewable alternative to petroleum based lubricants while delivering superior lubricity and excellent performance and protection characteristics. BioBlend markets its biodegradable products, and supports environmentally responsible local sourcing and sustainability efforts, through a network of highly qualified lubricant distributors. BioBlend's products are cost competitive with traditional lubrication products and include industrial lubricants, food grade lubricants, aerosols and a growing offering of specialty and custom formulations. Find out more or locate a local distributor near you at http://www.bioblend.com.

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