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Member Recognition

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.

Steve Stettler

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

George Cornell of Pacific Cheese Company

Hans Epprecht

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

George Schwinghammer of Tetra Pak

4993 ICTE 2016

David Smith, Jan Smith, and Gregory Smith accept the honor for Gary Smith, long-time owner of Kusel Equipment.