Pete Kappelman

Kappelman’s blend of small-farm roots and business savvy makes him a force in both the barn and the boardroom. Eighteen years after being named the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s young farmer of the year, he co-owns Meadow Brook Dairy Farm in Manitowoc, Wis., and chairs the board of directors of the powerful Land O’Lakes cooperative, where he has served on the board since 1995. He also sits on two national dairy councils-the National Milk Producers Federation and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board-and has a significant role shaping U.S. dairy export policy. He’s been president of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and chairman of UW’s Center for Dairy Profitability-and when he’s not busy with those things, he finds time to coach his kids’ basketball teams back in Manitowoc.