William James Eyssen

William James Eyssen, 77, Brunswick, owns and operates Mapleside Farms, Ohio's largest country store and fruit market. A horticulture graduate of The Ohio State University, Eyssen has distinguished himself as a leader and spokesman for the Ohio Horticulture Society, Ohio Roadside Marketing and Planning Commission and the Planning Committee for the Wooster Technical School, now the Agricultural Technical Institute.

In 1991, Eyssen received the Ohio Fruit Grower Society Distinguished Service Award and was named the Fruit Grower of the Year.

Chairman of the OSU Alumni Association of Medina County, Eyssen also founded the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He and his wife Jane raised six children.