Foremost Farm Circle of Excellence Award Winners Celebrate Outstanding Achievements in 2023

March 07, 2024

MIDDLETON, WISC. (March 7, 2024) Foremost Farms USA, is pleased to announce the recognized recipients of the Circle of Excellence Awards for the year 2023. These awards recognize individuals and teams who have demonstrated dedication, innovation and excellence to make a positive impact on the cooperative business, its customers, and farmer-members.

“Our award winners have demonstrated the ability to see the bigger picture and find solutions to make our cooperative run more efficiently and effectively. They continue to showcase the four core values in their everyday work: One Team, Force for Good, Work with Integrity and Take Care of Our World,” said Lori Wall, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Foremost Farms.

Below is a complete list of the 2023 Circle of Excellence Award Winners

  • Dan Becker, Clayton Plant Manager – Presidents Award Winner
  • Sammi Fleckner, Dairy Analytics & Insights Manager – One Team Award Winner
  • Appleton Grant Team (Mark Mueller, Beth Schwertel, Eric Gerndt, Kara Edler, Kaitlyn Harbort, Lisa Yanke) – Take Care of Our World Award Winner
  • Joan Schenk, Pricing & Credit Associate – Work with Integrity Award Winners
  • Bryan Allen, Clayton Production Supervisor – Force for Good Award Winner
  • IT Security Team (Aaron Oberman, Alex Ginter, Bill Ustianowski, Brian Schaaf, Chris Tipton, Howard Hill, James Dugan, Jorden Kleier, William Newberry) – Most Valuable Team Award Winners
  • Appleton Brine Team (Beth Schwertel, Brandon Seidl, Jamison Junior, Jean Wickesberg, Micah Klug, Preston Lorenz, Robert Stanley, Scott Luchterhand) – Service Hero Award Winner
  • Greenville Plant – Plant of the Year Award Winner
  • Lancaster Plant – Service Plant of the Year Award Winner
  • Appleton Plant – Quality Plant of the Year Award Winner
  • Greenville Plant – Safety Plant of the Year Award Winner


About Foremost Farms USA

Foremost Farms USA® is a dairy cooperative representing hundreds of Midwest dairy farmer members located across seven Midwest states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin – America’s Dairyland. It is one of the largest, leading dairy cooperatives in the United States and a major food manufacturing business. Every year, Foremost Farms produces millions of pounds of cheese, butter, whey and milk protein ingredients from the high-quality milk produced by its members. Its customers represent respected top brands and category leaders at national and regional levels in retail and foodservice channels, that are served with innovative solutions, technical services and customized products. For more information call 800-362-9196 or see