Cindy Thyfault - Founder & CEO - International Speaker & Author
Cindy Thyfault, Founder and CEO of Westar Trade Resources, has provided over 30 years of successful business management consulting for the development, management and funding of bioenergy projects, food and fiber manufacturing, textile production, green building products and residential and industrial construction, both domestically and internationally. Founded in 1994, Westar Trade Resources has assisted our clients to procure over $1.3 billion in financing for over $2 billion in projects from USDA, DOE, DOD, and other government agencies as well as private financing programs. She has also worked extensively to promote and develop other types of funding, including green bonds.
She recently had the honor to be named #80 in the world in the peer-selected competition for the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy” Awards by the Biofuels Digest in April 2016.
Ms. Thyfault received her bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis on international business and marketing from West Texas A & M University, Canyon, Texas and has completed course work toward an MBA degree. She has served on many civic organizations, and is an accomplished and sought-after worldwide speaker and author. She has traveled extensively to other counties to understand the unique challenges and opportunities in the region, to develop long-term business relationships, and to provide education and information to accomplish her goal of expanding and establishing products and technologies globally to make the planet more healthy, profitable, and sustainable now and for future generations.
Current and Past Board and Committee Service
Ms. Thyfault has served as one of 37 members nationwide on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (“REEEAC”) since 2012, and now also serves in the position of the Smart Transportation Subcommittee Chairman. The REEEAC advises the United States Department of Commerce Secretary on competitiveness issues facing U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency exports. The committee also provides advice on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. renewable energy, trade policy negotiations relating to U.S. energy efficiency exports, and the policies of foreign governments impacting the export of U.S. energy services and technologies.
Ms. Thyfault also currently serves on Business Development Committee for the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (‘CAAFI’). In this position, she advises board members on best practices and strategy regarding aviation fuels technology development, commercialization, and financing. She also serves and the Finance Lead for the international outreach mission to the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (“AISAF”), and The Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V., both are coalitions to highlight the most promising near and medium term opportunities for the production of sustainable aviation fuels.
Ms. Thyfault has previously served in a Department of Commerce capacity as a member of both the North Texas and West Texas District Export Councils, a volunteer organization assisting development of international trade as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce (2005-2010).
Ms. Thyfault also served on the World Economic Forum as a Participating Forum Partner to produce the recent report, “Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem” which was presented at Davos in January 2012. The final report was released in June 2012, and is being used for presentations and information for key government, private sector, and industry parties around the world as a guide for the development of renewable transportation fuels for land, sea, and air.
Ms. Thyfault also has served as the founding Chairman of the Sustainable Technologies Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber, 2007-2009, and is also a past member of the Advanced Biofuels Association, 2010-2011.
She has served as a member of Rural Alliance for Renewable Energy, a public/private association dedicated to stimulate job creation and economic development in rural Texas and to promote energy security and independence, is a member of the Texas Rural Energy Industries Association, and also is a member of the 25 x ‘25 Alliance.
International Speaking Engagements
Ms. Thyfault is also an accomplished speaker, and has given many presentations and hosted many webinars both nationally and internationally on value-added agricultural development and bio-energy development, marketing, and financing topics.
She also recently presented a TEDX Talk in November 2015, “The Power of No”, at the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Conference at Google headquarters, Mountainview, CA.