Impact Awards

2024 Spudman Impact Awards Emerging Leader – Bryan Bender

Bryan Bender Emerging Leader The Emerging Leader award recognizes an up-and-coming industry professional poised to reach new career heights. Brya... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Tim Waters

Tim Waters Professor and regional specialist, Washington State University As a professor and regional specialist at Washington State University, Tim... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Russell Groves

Russell Groves Department chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison Throughout his academic career, Russell Groves has maintained a focus on personal r... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Nora Olsen

Nora Olsen Professor and Potato Specialist, University of Idaho When she first got involved in the potato industry attending Washington State Univer... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Kyle Atcheson

Kyle Atcheson Co-owner, Atcheson Farms Potato farming is in Kyle Atcheson’s blood. Atcheson, co-owner of Atcheson Farms in Woodland, Maine, is ... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – John Forsythe

John Forsythe Innovation manager at 1,4GROUP Inc. John Forsythe’s potato career began when he was 10 years old and working alongside his dad, who ... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – JD Wasir

JD Wasir Senior vice president, KoolJet JD Wasir loves a challenge, and his profession affords him the opportunity to encounter them on a regular ba... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – James Ehrlich

James Ehrlich Executive director, Colorado Potato Administration Committee Beer and basketball led James Ehrlich to the potato industry. Ehrlich,... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Bryan Wada

Bryan Wada CEO, Wada Farms Family is a defining theme in Bryan Wada’s career. Wada, CEO of Wada Farms in Pingree, Idaho, is a third-generation ... more »

2024 Spudman Impact Awards – Andrew Jensen

Andrew Jensen Manager, Northwest Potato Research Consortium With a life-long enthusiasm for entomology, Andrew Jensen became exposed to the potato i... more »

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