GEAPS recognizes outstanding Members and Chapters from 2019!

 MINNEAPOLIS, April 3, 2020 – Each year GEAPS recognizes members and chapters for outstanding accomplishments, including earning credentials from GEAPS and K-State; Reaching membership milestones; Completing the year without a safety incident. GEAPS recognizes below the following individuals for their accomplishments in 2019:- 

Credential Earners – The GEAPS/Kansas State University Distance Credentialing Program helps grain handling and processing operations professionals build their job skills. Participants earn base credentials by completing an organized set of six courses, with the option to augment the certification with Specialist Credentials. Credential holders must maintain base credentials by earning a full continuing education unit (CEU) every three years.

Those who complete the Credential in Grain Operations Management and all three Specialist Credentials earn a Master Credential. It is the equivalent of 180 hours of training. GEAPS and K-State recognized the following individuals who earned credentials in 2019:- Master Credential in Grain Operations Management Keith Anderson, United Grain Corp, Columbia River Chapter Jay Bergland, GEAPS Steven Chivilo, Lewis M Carter Mfg Co, Canadian Prairie Dennis Doles, AgriMech Consulting LLC, Kansas City Mark Emery, CHS Inc Wayne Hunter, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Randy Tinker, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co, Greater Iowa Credential in Grain Operations Management Crisanto Carrasco, CHS Inc, Gulf South Jordan Classen, Cargill Inc, Greater Nebraska Paul DeBussac, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Paul Evans, Farmer’s Cooperative Association, Inc. Kansas City Braidy Fehr, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Robert Halushka, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Susan Kelso, Hansen-Mueller Co Rhonda Knutson, United Grain Corp, Minneapolis Daryl McCharles, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Anthony McElwain, Legacy Farmers Cooperative, Seaway Michael O’Connor, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Carlos Rodriguez, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Dean Sansome, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Tiago Van Zeller Teixeira Da Silva, DACSA Atlantic SA, Non-ChapterJoshua Thorkildsen, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Specialist Credential in Grain Handling Equipment ManagementBrett Aanestad, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Keith Anderson, United Grain Corp, Columbia RiverSteven Chivilo, Lewis M Carter Mfg Co, Canadian Prairies Jacob Crockford, IBT Industrial Solutions, Great Plains Mark Emery, CHS IncWayne Hunter, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Specialist Credential in Grain Quality Management Tina Barrett, Parrish & Heimbecker LtdJay Bergland, GEAPS Dennis Doles, AgriMech Consulting LLC, Kansas CityAdam Gorsuch, Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Michigan/So. OntarioCalvin Kerr, Goderich Elevators (Division of Parrish & Heimbecker), Michigan/So. Ontario Dirk Koster, Parrish & Heimbecker LtdTiago Van Zeller, Teixeira Da Silva, DACSA Atlantic SA Randy Tinker, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co, Greater Iowa Specialist Credential in Property and Casualty Risk Management Keith Anderson, United Grain Corp, Columbia RiverJay Bergland, GEAPSSteven Chivilo, Lewis M Carter Mfg Co, Canadian Prairies Oscar Cuellar, Richardson International Ltd, Non-ChapterDennis Doles, AgriMech Consulting LLC, Kansas City Mark Emery, CHS IncRandy Tinker, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co, Greater Iowa Credential in Grain Processing Management Mark Emery, CHS Inc Chad Olson, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd Matthew Schmitt, Keen Project Solutions LLC, Greater Iowa Randy Tinker, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co, Greater Iowa Membership Milestones 25-Year Members GEAPS is pleased to recognize members who each celebrated a quarter century of continuous membership. Each received a silver pin honoring their service to the organization. Kevin McNab, Louis Dreyfus Company, Columbia RiverBill Frogner, Integrated Solutions Group, Minneapolis John Cherney, Berendsen Fluid Power Ltd, Canadian Prairies Jeffrey Hahn, Agrex Inc, Seaway Dion Etter, Producers Rice Mill Inc, Mid-South Myron Rust, Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co, Cornbelt Tracy Gliori, TMI Coatings Inc, Minneapolis Mike Kelley, Smith-Doyle Contractors Inc, Mid-South Doug Berner, All-State Belting, Kansas City Carl WargelNon-Chapter Daryl WattsNorth Iowa Mark BonkMinneapolis Gary Beachner, Beachner Grain Inc, Great Plains Marcus Mears, Cargill Inc, Minneapolis David Ayers, Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection, Cornbelt Michael Resner, The Essmueller Co, Cornbelt Rick HorpedahlInland EmpireMark HutchisonGulf South Mel Fedeniuk, LV Control Mfg Ltd, Canadian Prairies Jeff Showalter, Cargill Inc, Greater IowaDeborah GoodCornbelt.

40-Year Members – GEAPS is thrilled to recognize members who celebrated 40 consecutive years of membership. Each member received a bronze GEAPS pin to commemorate the milestone.Ralph Baughman, Intl Fumigators Inc, Golden Triangle Harlan LundGreater Iowa Roy HouseGreat Plains Mark DanielsMinneapolis Steve KimesMinneapolis Donna Moraz, DeeRoss Co Inc, Minneapolis Gary OlmsteadNon-Chapter Karl Keller, Keller Grain & Feed Inc, Seaway James GivenThunder Bay Harold SinfieldThunder Bay Mick SertichTwin Ports 50-Year MembersGEAPS is thrilled to recognize one member who celebrated 50 consecutive years of membership. Honorees received a gold GEAPS pin to commemorate the milestone. Bob LenhartColumbia River Richard Bigler, Commodity Services Inc, Kansas City George KornstadNon-Chapter

Chapter Member of Distinction – GEAPS recognized three outstanding individuals with Chapter Member of Distinction. Chapter officers submit nominations to recognize outstanding contributions to leadership and service to their chapters. Mark Hueftle, Cooperative Producers Inc., Greater Nebraska Colin McClure, PMI Nebraska, Greater Nebraska Lorraine Lego, Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd, Vancouver Top Recruiters GEAPS members are constantly recruiting their friends, colleagues and suppliers. GEAPS is pleased to report that 89 members recruited a total of 114 new members this year. 9 Members Recruited – R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM, Mountaire Farms Inc, Mid-Atlantic 5 Members Recruited Barbara Grove, CGOM, Central Valley Ag Cooperative, Great Plain3 Members Recruited Karilyn Smith, Donaldson Co Inc, Minneapolis Denis Tetrault, FWS Group of Companies, Canadian Prairies 

Chapter Awards – GEAPS also honored two chapters with the Outstanding Chapter Award and Chapter Cup. The Outstanding Chapter Award went to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, based in Salisbury, Maryland. Jason Illum, Bedeschi America Inc, was one of the judges for the award. He said two of the things that stood out for him were how the chapter reached out to non-members and incorporated Associate members into meetings. 

Another judge, David McKerchar, Parrish & Heimbecker, said it was a difficult decision to choose between the top three chapters.  “Some of the things the chapters that were in the top three all did were outstanding,” McKerchar said. “It came down to who was doing everything well and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter did a great job covering all areas of chapter involvement.”  

Minneapolis won the Chapter Cup. The Chapter Resource Committee bestows the award annually to the chapter that has highest recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.Minneapolis recruited 39 new members and retained 84.09 percent of their previous members. Safety Awards GEAPS longest running awards program is the annual Safety Awards. A complete list of winners is available on the GEAPS website.

Each year the association recognizes the five facilities with the most cumulative hours without an incident and the companies with the most consecutive years without an incident. Top Facilities: Cumulative Hours Bunge North America, Russell, MB –  2,064,247 hours The Kelly Group, Decatur, IL – 1,561,204 hours Bunge North America, Council Bluffs, IA – 1,546,738 hours Zen-Noh Grain Corp, Convent, LA – 1,479,223 hours Cargill Inc, Albion, NE – 1,079,384 hours Top Facilities: Consecutive Years· Bunge North America DeSoto Landing facility in Arkansas City, AR – 41 years Bunge North America Fountain Bluff facility in Grand Tower, IL – 37 years Bunge North America facility in Blytheville, AR – 33 years Bunge North America facility in Hickman, KY – 33 years Bunge North America facility in LaGrange, MO – 33 years Bunge North America facility in Yazoo City, MS – 33 years Bunge North America facility in Finley, TN – 26 years Cargill Inc facility in Lima, OH – 26 years Bunge North America facility in Albany, IL – 25 years

About GEAPS – The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers.

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