Growth Energy adds staff

Growth Energy is growing. The ethanol group announced the following new hires on Monday:

Katy Ziegler Thomas is joining the group as chief of staff. She previously was the vice president for government relatoins at the National Farmers Union and is also a former aide to Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Roger Conway, formerly director of United States Department of Agriculture's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, has been hired as chief economist at the ethanol group.

Houston Ruck joins as creative director. He had been a designer for U.S. News & World Report. Stephanie Dreyer has been hired as a public affairs associate. She previously worked as deputy press secretary for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Kelly Manning is Growth Energy's new vice president for development. He was the general manager for KSFY TV, the ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.