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GEAPS Exchange 2024: Keynote Session – Sandy Gennaro – American Drummer

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Speakers: Sandy Gennaro, John Caupert, Chuck Kunisch

Session Description

Exchange 2024 started off with a Keynote and Awards celebration. This year, two of our colleagues were presented three awards before the keynote address Sunday, February 25. It was so wonderful to present these awards to truly deserving individuals. GEAPS Member Bruce Sutherland was presented the Industry Leader award for his extraordinary commitment and dedication to continual improvement in grain handling and processing safety and quality. Scott Brittingham once again took home GEAPS’ Top Recruiter Award. He also was presented with the esteemed Member of Distinction Award. Following awards, Sandy Gennaro delivered the keynote address and started GEAPS Exchange off on a high note. Gennaro, a rock star drummer and professional speaker, delivered a powerful presentation about beating the odds and becoming a rock star in business and in life.

Meet The Speakers

Sandy Gennaro

Sandy Gennaro

American Drummer and Speaker

Rock and Roll at it’s Finest

Rock and Roll at it’s Finest
Sandy Gennaro was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Throughout his career as a world class rock and roll drummer, Sandy has toured the globe and recorded with world renowned artists: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, The Monkees, Joe Lynn Turner, Michael Bolton, Benny Mardones, Craaft, The Mamas and Papas and Jon Paris.
Sandy has recorded several Top 10 singles and has performed for over a billion fans spanning his over 50 year career! He has also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball, and The Late Show with David Letterman.
John Caupert GEAPS

John Caupert

GEAPS Executive Director


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.

Chuck Kunisch

Chuck Kunisch

Corporate Safety Director

Michigan Agricultural Commodities (MAC)

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.