History of Go Bio in Central Oregon
Go Bio began operations in October, 2008 to grow a locally sustainable bio-fuels (Biodiesel) company based on the collection of Used Cooking Oil (UCO). The company currently collects from more than 200 participating restaurants throughout Oregon. Jeff Rola is the President/CEO.
Go Bio sold its first 1,000 gallons of Used Cooking Oil to SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel in January 2009. By June 2016, Go Bio had sold more than 600,000 gallons of UCO for the production of clean, renewable, Oregon-made biodiesel.
The Go Bio Team
Jeff Rola is the founder of Go Bio. For the past ten years he has collected Used Cooking Oil (UCO) from hundreds of restaurants to make low-carbon bio-diesel fuel. He recently sold the cooking oil business after collecting the feedstock for nearly one million gallons of bio-diesel.
In 2018 Go Bio was repurposed to supply biofuels directly to customers through the use of smart phone technology Go Bio Community Fuels.
Jeff moved to Central Oregon more than 30 years ago with his wife Susan. He has broad experience in media, journalism, marketing, public relations, non-profit development and management, community action, and natural resources conservation. He has worked in the private and public sectors as well as owned his own businesses.
He also serves his community through service on the boards of 350 Deschutes, the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District, and recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the Nikua Training Center. Jeff seeks and prefers work that sustains, conserves, and enhances our quality of life. That was his motivation behind the founding of Go Bio.
Craig has been working for Go Bio for three years as Operations Manager, overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations: collecting used cooking oil throughout Central Oregon, taking truck loads over to Salem on a weekly basis and keeping the shop in shape for maximum productivity. Craig’s professional background includes decades working in production facilities for Land O’ Lakes and Malt-O-Meal in Southern Minnesota. During time off he enjoys hunting, fishing and time with family.
Kim has been working part time for Go Bio for nearly 3 years as an office administrator, at first focusing on a backlog of Excel data entry needs and getting the business information uploaded and functional within Quickbooks. Along the way she has taken introductory courses in Quickbooks through COCC specific to small business operations. Kim has a Masters Degree in applied anthropology from OSU. Kim was born and raised in Oregon and enjoys outdoor pursuits including hiking and bird watching.