Representative of its unprecedented nationwide membership growth, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is tapping the expertise of even more experienced industry aces. The organization has welcomed multiple new leaders to its ranks, including electing Emmi Roth’s Tim Omer as President.
Assuming the role on July 1, Omer will succeed Steve Bechel of Eau Galle Cheese as he completes his two-year maximum term in the role.As President, Omer will lead an executive team that includes Doug Wilke of Valley Queen Cheese as First Vice President, Mike Sipple of Agropur as Second Vice President, Kim Heiman of Nasonville Dairy as Treasurer, and Chris Renard of Renard’s Cheese as Secretary, a press release explained. All four of these experts were selected to continue in their leadership roles for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.
In addition, four industry leaders have also been selected to join WCMA’s Board of Directors, beginning their terms on July 1, 2023. These members include:
During its April 4 meeting to elect new officers, the WCMA Board of Directors also voted to expand the board from its current 21 seats to 27; the change will take effect beginning July 1, 2024.
“It’s a privilege to have the thoughtful guidance and support of these leaders in dairy processing,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer. “We’re grateful to those leaving the Board this year, and we look forward to bringing the four first-time Board members into the Association’s leadership body.”
WCMA also expressed gratitude for the outgoing members who will complete their maximum terms this year, which includes Bechel, Craig Filkouski of Great Lakes Cheese, Mike Neu of Chr. Hansen, and Paul Scharfman of Specialty Cheese Company.
Congratulations to all of these experts on their efforts to guide the dairy industry forward! Stick around as DMN brings more updates to light.