GEAPS Exchange 2013 Closes with Record Expo, Third Highest Ever Attendance
Date Posted: February 28, 2013
GEAPS Exchange 2013, the annual conference and exposition of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society, closed Feb. 26 in Louisville, KY, with a record number of booths and exhibitors and the third highest attendance in the society's history.
A record 305 exhibitors had displays in the Exchange's annual expo taking up 515 booths at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Attendance at the four-day event, announced Feb. 26 during the annual Exchange Banquet, was 2,372.
That's down from the record 2,727 for the 2012 Exchange in Minneapolis, MN.
However, travel to and from the 2013 Exchange was disrupted by two large winter storms that struck parts of the Midwest including the Central Plains states and the western and northern portions of the Corn Belt.
Also during the Banquet, the society awarded its Industry Leader Award to Gary Olmstead, retired director of safety and health for General Mills Inc., Golden Valley, MN for overall service to the grain handling and processing industries.
GEAPS awarded its International Member of Distinction Award for outstanding service to the association to Mark Daniels, director of safety for CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MN.
Earlier in the day, GEAPS members ratified the election of Matthew Kerrigan, division safety director for Bunge North America, St. Louis, MO, as international secretary for 2013-14.
That places Kerrigan on a path to succession as international vice president in 2014-15 and president in 2015-16.
Assuming office as 2013-14 international vice president at the 2013 Exchange was Jim Jundt, commodities manager for Pacific Ethanol Columbia LLC, Boardman, OR.
The 2013-14 international president now is Slav Waplak, project manager and engineer with Viterra Inc., Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
GEAPS Exchange 2014 is scheduled for Feb. 22-25 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE.