Robert D. Scherer

Robert D. Scherer, Circleville, has been a strong advocator for Ohio agriculture for more than 48 years He began his career with farming, teaching and working as a fieldman and Farm Bureau organizational director before reaching chief operating officer and executive vice president of Countrymark. Inc. He was responsible for the consolidation of supply operations where he increased market share before joining the National Cooperative Business Association as president and CEO. He revived the organization to serve as a major trade association for cooperatives.

Scherer's tremendous impact on Ohio agriculture earned him the Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award at OSU in 1983 and the Central Ohio Executive of the Year Award in 1984. He was also recognized in 1994 to earn the National Cooperatives Statesman Award.

Scherer displays the lasting traits of dedication and demonstrates it to his family, alma mater and the industry. He has been instrumental in the formation of the Pheasant Forever of Pickaway County, a wildlife conservation program and the Pickaway County Farmer's Club.