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Cherry Industry Person/Couple of the Year

About the Award

This award recognizes an individual or couple for outstanding contributions to the Cherry Industry. This honor can be awarded to a grower, processor, marketer, educator, researcher or another professional that is connected to the industry. Nominations must include supportive evidence of leadership, contributions, background information and a letter of support. In addition, documentation criteria will include industry/professional organizational membership and affiliations.
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Jeff & Nita Send

2017 Industry Couple of the Year


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Dr. Ron Perry

Michigan
MSU Researcher
2016
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Dr. James Flore

Williamston, MI
MSU Researcher
2015
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Mike Van Agtmael

Hart, MI
Grower & CMI Board
2014
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Randy Willmeng

Watervliet, MI
Grower & CMI Board
2013
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Robert Gregory

Suttons Bay, MI
Grower & Processor
2012
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Wally Heuser

2011


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Dr. Amy Iezzoni

Michigan
MSU Researcher
2010
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Jim Brian

Michigan
Grower
2009
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Ron Prentice

Traverse City, MI
President Cherry Growers
2008
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Dr. Mark Whalon

Mason, MI
Director NWMI Horticultural Station
2007
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James Nugent

Suttons Bay, , MI
Growers
2006
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Alton & Millie Wendzel

Watervliet, MI
Growers & Processors
2005
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Glenn & Judy LaCross

Cedar, MI
Growers
2004
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James Reynolds

Portand, OR
Executive Director, CherrCo.
2003
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James Jensen

Ludington, MI
Executive Director, CherrCo.
2002
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Dale & Kristin Seaquist

Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Growers, Processors, Farm Market
2001
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Philip J. Korson II

Haslett, MI
Executive Director, CMI
2000
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Fred & Dianna Tubbs

Hart, MI
Growers
1999
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K. Terry Morrison

Suttons Bay, MI
General Manager, Cherry Growers
1998
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Barry Brand

Sparta, MI
Editor, Fruit Grower News
1997
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Robert & Janet Underwood

Traverse City, MI
Grower & Farm Market
1996
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Claude Rowley

Santaquing, UT
Grower & Processor
1995
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Dr. Angus Howitt

South Haven, MI
Michigan State University
1994
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Jim Dittmer

Ludington, MI
Grower
1993
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Donald Nugent

Frankfort, MI
Grower & Processor
1992
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Alan Jones

East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University

1991

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Donald Gregory

Suttons Bay, MI
Grower

1990

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Donald J. Ricks

Haslett, MI
Michigan State University

1989

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Vernon (Buff) Kroupa

Traverse City, MI
Grower Processor
1988

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Martin J. (John) Bukovac

Okemos, MI
Michigan State University

1987

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Earl Peterson

Shelby, MI
Grower & Processor

1986

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Francis Kirby

Albion NY
Grower

1985

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Rodney Bull

Bailey, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983

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Ray Alpers

Lake Leelanau, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983

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George McManus

Traverse City, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983

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Charles Kesner

Suttons Bay, MI
Michigan State University

Prior to 1983

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