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GEAPS Announces New Leadership

Published: Jun 29, 2023 by Krissy Ohnstad

Chuck Kunisch is Board President; Chris Blair to serve as Board Chairman

MINNEAPOLIS, June 28, 2022 – With a new fiscal year comes new leadership. GEAPS is happy to announce 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.  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” Kunisch said. “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. Blair, from GEAPS Greater Iowa chapter, has been with GEAPS for 16 years.  

“This last year proved to be a great challenge and experience for me as Board President. 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,” Blair said. “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. He previously served on GEAPS’ Associates’ Board. 

GEAPS encourages all members to get involved with the organization through volunteer opportunities. See the whole list of GEAPS Board of Directors here.  

About GEAPS  

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. GEAPS’ global network includes more than 3,000 individual members from about 1,000 companies. Join our network today!  


Jessica Waltzer
Communications Manager