Select Sires logoEast Central/Select Sires held their annual awards banquet on June 1, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Madison, Wis. The evening consisted of a social hour, dinner, a message from the board of directors and presentation of the performance and service awards.

Dave Placke of Cuba City took home the top prize of the evening being named Area Sales Manager (ASM) of the Year. He was also honored for earning the highest Personal Total Unit Percent Increase, Area Total Unit Percent Increase, Area DH Unit Percent Increase, and Area Diversified Product Percent Sales Increase. Placke provides artificial insemination services and offers semen along with product sales to both dairy and beef producers in parts of Lafayette, Grant, Crawford, Richland, and Iowa counties.

Runner-up ASM of the Year was Dave Sime, was honored in the categories of Area Total Unit Percent Increase, Area DH Unit Percent Increase, and Area Diversified Product Percent Increase. Brian Kelroy of Marshall was honored with having Area Direct Herd Unit Volume, Area Total Unit Volume, and Personal Total Unit Volume. Kelroy and Sime are both ASMs at East Central/Select Sires.

Bob Boatman of Darlington was honored with the Member Service Representative (MSR) of the Year Award. Boatman received several honors that contributed to him earning MSR of the Year, including 30 Years of Service with East Central/Select Sires and for reaching his 150,000 first services milestone. Boatman provides artificial insemination services and offers semen along with product sales to dairy and beef producers in northern Green and Southwestern Dane counties.

Mohammad Touir of Madison received the Runner-up of MSR of the Year. Touir was also awarded Outstanding Effort-MSR, Large Herd Specialist for 2012-2013, Semen Blend Percent Increase, and 10,000 first services. Touir provides artificial insemination services and offers semen and product sales to dairy and beef producers in Rock and Walworth counties.

The Outstanding Effort Awards are given to employees who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. The Outstanding Effort Award for an MSR was presented to Mohammed Touir of Madison. Dennis Gunst of Theresa received the Outstanding Effort Award for Relief MSRs. The Outstanding Effort Award for Other Employees was presented to Eric Olstadof Stoughton.

Ranking first in other categories of sales and service were:
• Glen Stewart, Lomira
o Accounts Receivable
• Jay Ludeman, Lake Mills
o SMS Volume
o Area Diversified Product Volume
• Steve Kacuba, Beaver Dam
o Personal Total Service Volume
o Area Total Service Volume
• Dave Hahn, Campbellsport
o Area Total Unit Volume
o Area DH & Ins/DH Unit Volume
• Loren Polkinghorn, Dodgeville
o Personal Total Percent Increase
• Zach Warnes, Madison
o Area Total Service Percent Increase
• Gary Frederick
o Area Contribution
• Rod Alton, Monroe
o Personal Diversified Product Volume
• Brian Immel, Campbellsport
o Personal Diversified Product Percent Increase
• Joel Franke, Hillsboro
o Area DH & Ins/DH Unit % Increase
o Area total Unit % Increase
• Eric Gudex, Oakfield
o SMS Volume
• Frank Blahnik, Cuba City
o Accounts Receivable
• Ryan Besaw, Omro
o Semen Blend

Awards for total lifetime first-service inseminations were also presented. They were:
• 160,000
o Howie Minnema, Fond du Lac
• 150,000
o Bob Boatman, Darlington
• 130,000
o Steve Kacuba, Beaver Dam
• 120,000
o Steve Kacuba, Beaver Dam
• 100,000
o Chris Meyer, Loganville
o Doug Rake, Freedom
• 90,000
o Dan Reilly, La Valle
o Dale Griebenow, Watertown
o Steve Otteson, Arlington
• 80,000
o Frank Blahnik
o Bryan Witt
• 70,000
o Glen Kottke, Fond du Lac
• 60,000
o Aaron McMillian, Oshkosh
• 50,000
o Jeremy Konen, Mazomanie
• 40,000
o Joel Franke, Hillsboro
• 35,000
o Casey Degnitz, Fredonia
o Loren Polkinghorn, Dodgeville
o Darwin Clifton, Potosi
• 30,000
o John Hulbert, Monticello
o Dennis Meyer, Waupun
• 20,000
o Wayne Dieter, Platteville
• 10,000
o Matt Staner, Platteville
o Shannon Sauer, Berlin
o Wyatt Miller, Columbus
o Scott Nelson, South Wayne
o Josh Kennan, Lyndon Station
o Jon Westphal, Eldorado
o Dean Kroning, Soldiers Grove

Awards for total lifetime first-service inseminations were also presented. They were:
• 30 years
o Bob Boatman, Darlington
o Steve Kacuba, Beaver Dam
o Kevin Cox, Sparta
o Jay Ludeman, Lake Mills
o Glen Stewart, Lomira
• 25 years
o John Hulbert, Monticello
o Larry Krause, Viroqua
• 20 years
o Chris Meyer, Loganville
• 15 years
o Sandy Hoppmann, Wilton
o Dave Placke, Cuba City
o David Sarbacker, Edgerton
o Diane Arndt, Waupun
• 10 years
o John Gerbitz, Milton
o Jeremy Konen, Mazomanie
• 5 years
o Jim Suddeth, Stoughton
o Duane Toelke, Davis Illinois
o Bill Langel, McFarland
o Ole Thompson, Viroqua

East Central/Select Sires is a professional, artificial breeding cooperatives serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member-owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest Artificial Insemination (A.I.) cooperative in the world. They provide highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America's best genetics at a reasonable price.
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