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Soaring Eagle Awards

Honoring leaders within MIF, NCI and IICA for their overall contributions to the dairy industry

The Soaring Eagle award recognizes the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation and the National Cheese Institute.

IDFA presented 2016 Soaring Eagle Awards to three outgoing officers: Patricia Stroup, chief procurement officer, Nestlé North America Procurement, Nestlé USA, Inc.; Jeffrey Kaneb, executive vice president, HP Hood LLC; and Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc. The awards were presented at a special ceremony during Dairy Forum 2016 in Phoenix. Read more

Previous recipients of the IDFA Soaring Eagle Award:

  • Mike Nosewicz
  • Ed Mullins
  • Jon Davis
  • Robert Allen
  • Tom Angott
  • Tom Badciong
  • Rick Beaman
  • C.O. "Tex" Beshears
  • Miriam Erickson Brown
  • George Cornell
  • Howard M. Dean
  • Jim Erickson
  • Miles Ezell
  • Dave Fuhrmann
  • Lou Gentine
  • Jim Green
  • Brian Haugh
  • Betsy Holden
  • Larry Jensen
  • John Jeter
  • John Kinnett, Jr.
  • Ed Kruse
  • Paul Kruse
  • Bill Oldenburg
  • Delton Parks
  • Arthur Pappathanasi
  • Brian Perry
  • Tom Perry
  • Mike Reidy
  • Ronald Rice
  • David Rufenacht
  • Don Storhoff
  • Gary Vanic
  • Fay Wells
  • Gary Wells