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GEAPS Announces New Leadership

Published: Jul 28, 2022 by Krissy Ohnstad
Chris Blair to serve as Board President; Barbara Grove is Board Chair

MINNEAPOLIS, July 22, 2022 – With a new fiscal year comes new leadership. GEAPS is happy to announce Chris Blair will serve as GEAPS Board President. In his day job, Blair serves as Region 4 Manager at NEW Cooperative, Inc, overseeing operations for Grain and Agronomy in a half dozen locations. Blair, from GEAPS Greater Iowa chapter, has been with GEAPS for 15 years.

“In the last fifteen years, I have had many opportunities with GEAPS. This latest opportunity is a big one. I am humbled and honored to serve as GEAPS President for 2022-23. Thank you for having faith in me for this important role. I am looking forward to accomplishing much with you and for you over the next year,” Blair said.

Barbara Grove,  CGOM who served as GEAPS president for the last year, now takes the reins as Chairperson of the Board. With GEAPS since 2010, Grove works as Quality Systems Manager at Central Valley Ag Cooperative.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve you and our members as your Board President, Grove said.

“I have every confidence GEAPS will continue to prosper in the next year. You are in good hands with Chris Blair as your next president.”

Additionally, Chuck Kunisch moves up to the fill the role of First Vice President. A GEAPS member since 2002, is  he is Corporate Safety Director and specialty Soybean Manager for Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Lansing Michigan.

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


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 2,700 individual members from about 1,050 companies. Join our network today!


Jessica Waltzer
Communications Manager