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:
2017 WCMA Life Member: Ken Heiman
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.
As a licensed cheesemaker for the past 48 years and a Master Cheesemaker for the past ten, Ken Heiman has been a driving force in the growth of Nasonville Dairy, which now averages more than $140 million in annual sales. Ken is known for his passion for the dairy industry, and gives back through his active membership in the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and in his work with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
2017 Cheese Industry Champion Awards
Cheese Industry Champion awards recognize industry leaders who have created tremendous opportunity for others and spurred industry growth.
Greg Dryer of Saputo Cheese USA
Dallas Wuethrich of Grassland Dairy
2017 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.
Ralph Millerbernd of Millerbernd Process Systems
Allan Ver Voort of Ecolab
2017 Babcock Award
The Babcock Award is, of course, named for Stephen Babcock, the famed agricultural chemist and University of Wisconsin professor credited with developing a method to determine the butterfat content of milk, a test which helped to establish Wisconsin as a dairy leader. The award recognizes the contributions of those in education or affiliate organizations to partner with cheesemakers in the pursuit of dairy industry innovation and excellence.
Dr. Bob Bradley of the University of Wisconsin
2017 Vanguard Awards
The Vanguard Award is intended to recognize cheesemakers or cheese manufacturing employees whose work helped to blaze new trails in dairy operations.
Ken Leitner, formally of Alto Dairy
Leo Zehren, formally of Lake-to-Lake Dairy Cooperative