Graznak Award

CCA instituted the Michael Graznak Award as a memorial to an outstanding member who met an untimely death. It honors members age 35 or under who have made superior contributions to cooperative communications and who give promise of having a brilliant and successful future.

Kate Baer of GROWMARK, Inc. was honored with the Michael Graznak Award at CCA’s annual institute in Des Moines, Iowa.

2024 award recipient, Kate Baer of Growmark, Inc. (left) with Anne Baehnman, 2023 award recipient.

CCA instituted the Michael Graznak Award in 1977 as a memorial to an outstanding member who met an untimely death. It honors members under the age of 36 who have made superior contributions to cooperative communications and who give promise of having a brilliant and prosperous future.

Throughout his career, Graznak supported cooperatives and was actively involved in CCA. During the course of many decades, 46 CCA members have been honored in his memory. This year’s recipient is Kate Baer of GROWMARK, Inc.

Her contributions extend beyond GROWMARK. She has actively supported the Cooperative Communicators Association through various roles, including serving on the contest committee, assisting with Institute a/v needs, and perhaps most notably leading a CCA Connector Group. She carefully plans and enthusiastically approaches each photography/videography connector group meeting, ensuring all attendees leave with new skills and inspiration to apply to their own work. Her colleagues have praised her for her dedication, noting that “Kate is nailing it” in her leadership and contributions to the organization.

Please join us in congratulating Kate Baer as the 2024 Michael Graznak Award recipient!

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