GEAPS announced Chuck Kunisch will serve as GEAPS board president.
Kunisch, a member of GEAPS for 21 years, is corporate safety director and specialty soybean manager for Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Lansing Michigan.
“I am honored to be elected as president of GEAPS," Kunisch said. " The roll call of past presidents is impressive indeed. It will take a lot of effort to match up with them, but with help of the GEAPS board and your help, I will do the best I possibly can to lead this great organization for the next year. While I feel the weight of the past, I am also looking to the future of GEAPS, and I am very excited about our future.”
Chris Blair, who served as GEAPS president for the last year, now assumes the role of chairman of the board. Blair serves as western district manager at NEW Cooperative, Inc., in Pomeroy, Iowa. From GEAPS Greater Iowa chapter, he has been with GEAPS for 16 years.
“This last year proved to be a great challenge and experience for me as board president," said Blair. "It helped me gain speaking confidence and personally grow as a leader, while at the same time being able to get a better understanding of the integral aspects of GEAPS. I am pleased to hand off the reins to Chuck Kunisch and know he will do an amazing job fulfilling the presidential role.”
Additionally, Austin Carpenter moves up to the fill the role of first vice president. Carpenter is sales manager at Clear Creek & Associates Inc., Crown Point, Indiana. He has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and previously served on GEAPS’ associates’ board.