Part of WCMA’s mission is to recognize those in our industry who were instrumental in building a foundation for the future success of the dairy industry. The most recent honorees include:
2016 WCMA Life Member
The WCMA Life Member Award recognizes persons that have played a significant role in the success of the Wisconsin Cheeses Makers Association through leadership, support or service to this institution and its activities.
Steve Stettler, a third-generation cheesemaker and a Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker, was named WCMA’s 84th Life Member in 2016. Stettler is President of Decatur Dairy in Brodhead and manages the Decatur Swiss Cheese Cooperative. He and his family are dedicated WCMA volunteers. Steve has served two terms on the WCMA Board of Directors, serving as President in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2014.
2016 Cheese Industry Champion Awards
Cheese Industry Champion awards recognize industry leaders who have created tremendous opportunity for others and spurred industry growth.
George Cornell of Pacific Cheese Company
Hans Epprecht, Founder of Great Lakes Cheese
2016 Distinguished Service Awards
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes persons that have helped to grow the United States dairy industry and are valued by cheesemakers as trusted partners.
George Schwinghammer of Tetra Pak
David Smith, Jan Smith, and Gregory Smith accept the honor for Gary Smith, long-time owner of Kusel Equipment.