Elected by GEAPS members and guided by GEAPS bylaws, GEAPS International Board of Directors works to fulfill the mission of our organization while remaining true or its roots. The board works to advance the strategic plan, do today’s work and plan for the future of our organization.
GEAPS members may request copies of Board meeting minutes by sending an email to Julia Kloehn.
Chuck Kunisch is corporate safety director and specialty soybean manager for Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Lansing Michigan. A GEAPS member since 2002, he has served on the GEAPS Board of Directors before being elected as an officer. For the last 10 + years he has served as a member of the Exchange Educational Programming Committee. Chuck also serves on the MSO Chapter board, is a member NGFA’s SHEQ committee as well as the MABA safety committee and the SSGA competitive shipping action team.
Chris Blair is the western district manager at New Cooperative, Inc., Pomeroy, Iowa. He has been a GEAPS member since 2007. He was elected to serve as a director in 2015 and became an officer in 2021. Blair chairs the Executive Committee and he is also a member of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee.
Austin Carpenter is sales manager at Clear Creek & Associates Inc, Crown Point, Indiana. He has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2018 as an Associates Board director and representative to the GEAPS Board of Directors. In 2022 he was elected second vice president. Austin is active in the Hoosier Chapter and the Great Lakes Regional Conference planning committee.
Matthew Schmitt is a Sr. Structural Engineer for Keen Project Solutions, LLC in Minnesota. A GEAPS member since 2014, he is a past president of the Greater Iowa Chapter and past chair of the Membership Committee. In addition to his volunteer leadership with GEAPS, he has served as a director on the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation board and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5569. Matthew has worked in the grain, seed, and processing industry for more than 10 years. During that time, he has earned GEAPS Credentials in Grain Operations Management, Processing Management and a Specialist Credential in Grain Handling Equipment Management.
Bob Horvat, PE is manufacturing tech lead for Cargill Inc, Wayzata, Minnesota. He has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2019 as a board director. In 2020, Bob was appointed treasurer and in that role he leads the board’s stewardship of GEAPS’ financial resources and oversight of funding strategies for member programs, services and general operations.
John Caupert joined GEAPS in 2023 and has more than three decades’ experience in agribusiness. Before coming to GEAPS, he was executive director at the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). During Caupert’s 17-year tenure at NCERC, he directed the pathway to commercialization of more than 80 technologies. His efforts took NCERC from being a publicly funded research center to one which is now self-sustained through private sector contractual research and grants. John is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, the St. Louis Agribusiness Club, is involved with committees for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and serves on the school board in Waterloo, Illinois.