WCMA Recognition

Part of WCMA’s mission is to recognize leaders who have been instrumental in building a foundation for the future success of the dairy industry. We depend on members to help us in this effort, by nominating peers and friends for recognition.

 2021 WCMA Recognition Awards
Awards will be presented to honorees CheeseExpo Global Online in April 2021. 2020 honorees will also be recognized at this time. For more information and to register to attend CheeseExpo Global Online, please visit CheeseExpoGO.org.


In 2021, Mark Schleitwiler will receive the Association’s highest honor: the WCMA Life Member Award. WCMA has offered the Life Member Award since 1918, and Schleitwiler will be the 90th recipient. The award recognizes people who have played a significant role in the success of the Association through leadership, support, and service to the institution and its activities

Mark Schleitwiler now serves as an industry consultant, most recently having worked as Director for Wohlt Cheese, now a division of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. From 1988-2017, he worked at BelGioioso Cheese, first as Operations Manager, then Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Finance, and finally as Vice President of External Relations. He launched his career as an accountant and administrator at Churny Company, a cheese manufacturer and importer.

Schleitwiler is a longtime and active member of WCMA, having served several terms on the Association’s Board of Directors, including as President from 2010-2012 and as Treasurer from 2009-10. Mark also participates in WCMA’s Technology and Policy Committees and continues to support WCMA outreach efforts.