2014 - Bernard M. Heisner
Bernard (Bernie) Heisner is a passionate dairy advocate and has spent his career promoting, encouraging, supporting and preserving the industry. Heisner spent twenty years serving dairy producers as General Manager of COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure this Select Sires member cooperative experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. However, the group that benefits the most from Heisner's dedication and passion for the dairy industry is undoubtedly the youth. Heisner, the 1970 national collegiate judging contest high individual, has spent countless hours encouraging, teaching, advising, and mentoring young people and students as they have embarked on successful dairy careers. Bernie's service to National Dairy Shrine has been exemplary as board member, president, and finance chairman in addition to coordinating the 50th anniversary celebration. He continues to serve the industry on local and state committees promoting a strong and sustainable future for agriculture. Heisner and his wife, Sue, now reside in Fairview Heights, Illinois near their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.