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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.

Jeff & Nita Send

2017 Industry Couple of the Year



Dr. Ron Perry

Michigan
MSU Researcher
2016

Dr. James Flore

Williamston, MI
MSU Researcher
2015

Mike Van Agtmael

Hart, MI
Grower & CMI Board
2014

Randy Willmeng

Watervliet, MI
Grower & CMI Board
2013

Robert Gregory

Suttons Bay, MI
Grower & Processor
2012

Wally Heuser

2011



Dr. Amy Iezzoni

Michigan
MSU Researcher
2010

Jim Brian

Michigan
Grower
2009

Ron Prentice

Traverse City, MI
President Cherry Growers
2008

Dr. Mark Whalon

Mason, MI
Director NWMI Horticultural Station
2007

James Nugent

Suttons Bay, , MI
Growers
2006

Alton & Millie Wendzel

Watervliet, MI
Growers & Processors
2005

Glenn & Judy LaCross

Cedar, MI
Growers
2004

James Reynolds

Portand, OR
Executive Director, CherrCo.
2003

James Jensen

Ludington, MI
Executive Director, CherrCo.
2002

Dale & Kristin Seaquist

Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Growers, Processors, Farm Market
2001

Philip J. Korson II

Haslett, MI
Executive Director, CMI
2000

Fred & Dianna Tubbs

Hart, MI
Growers
1999

K. Terry Morrison

Suttons Bay, MI
General Manager, Cherry Growers
1998

Barry Brand

Sparta, MI
Editor, Fruit Grower News
1997

Robert & Janet Underwood

Traverse City, MI
Grower & Farm Market
1996

Claude Rowley

Santaquing, UT
Grower & Processor
1995

Dr. Angus Howitt

South Haven, MI
Michigan State University
1994

Jim Dittmer

Ludington, MI
Grower
1993

Donald Nugent

Frankfort, MI
Grower & Processor
1992

Alan Jones

East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University

1991


Donald Gregory

Suttons Bay, MI
Grower

1990


Donald J. Ricks

Haslett, MI
Michigan State University

1989


Vernon (Buff) Kroupa

Traverse City, MI
Grower Processor
1988


Martin J. (John) Bukovac

Okemos, MI
Michigan State University

1987


Earl Peterson

Shelby, MI
Grower & Processor

1986


Francis Kirby

Albion NY
Grower

1985


Rodney Bull

Bailey, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983


Ray Alpers

Lake Leelanau, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983


George McManus

Traverse City, MI
Grower

Prior to 1983


Charles Kesner

Suttons Bay, MI
Michigan State University

Prior to 1983

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