As a new corporate member to the DBA board, I want you to know that I am both honored and humbled to serve in this capacity; it is a responsibility I will take seriously.
What makes my role on the board truly impactful to the industry is that I also serve on the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association board, which puts me in the unique position of serving both producer and processor. As a very wise man once said, “When flying at 30,000 feet, it is pointless to argue over which wing of the airplane is most important.” The same analogy can be used within the dairy industry; both producer and processor must find success, or there simply won’t be a market.
You might be thinking I must not have much work to do if I have time to serve on two boards. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m fortunate to work for Grande Cheese, an organization dedicated to Wisconsin as a manufacturer and 100 percent invested in the success of the Wisconsin dairy community. It is with this dedicated strategy that Grande has committed resources to ensure our investments and industry will be successful now and in the future. I’ve held various roles at Grande over the last 28 years and currently serve as vice president of milk marketing and supply chain. It is a challenging role that requires a great team, producers and customers.
Personally, my passion is centered on agriculture and one of my favorite things is going home to the family farm. I grew up in Fayette, Wis., on a dairy farm that operates as a heifer raising facility today. I graduated from Darlington High School and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture. Most recently, I’ve been attending Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business picking up additional graduate school credits.
I am married with two children and live on a small farm in Mequon, where we just finished renovating our farmhouse that was built in 1860. I’ve always been an active sports guy, but lately find myself choosing cattle options as an Angus enthusiast over sporting events. Between work and family there never seems to be enough time in the day, but I am committed to giving back to an industry I’m passionate about and working with DBA to keep the cows in Wisconsin.