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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

Awards & Recognition

GPS Leadership Achievement Award

The GPS Leadership Achievement Award is periodically awarded to a GPS Team member who has exhibited exceptional overall leadership over time as well as in inspiring change and growing leaders across their clients, team, industry and beyond.

2021 Award Recipient:
King Hickman

Previous Years Winners:
2020 Jim Barmore
2018 Robb Bender
2015 Sarah Daugherty
2012 Don Deetz
2011 Sarah Daugherty
2010 Marty Faldet

GPS Team Impact Award

The GPS Team Impact Award is awarded annually to a GPS Team member who has made a significant and inspiring impact to the GPS team and business in the last year.

Nominations are gathered from the entire GPS team, the recipient is decided by the Leadership Team and the award is presented by the previous year’s recipient during our Team Meeting.

2021 Team Impact Award Recipient:
Jordan Hunt


Previous Years Winners:
2020 Kristy Pagel
2018 Bonnie Tapp

“Recognition is one of the most powerful tools leaders have at their disposal…”

Steve Gutzler


GPS Dairy Tribute to John T. Pagel

GPS Dairy John Pagel Tribute

"In one's lifetime you rarely meet a person that has influenced so many lives and has shaped an industry. Here's one man that has, JOHN T PAGEL.” - Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC.

John will forever be remembered for his smile, leadership and the positive impact he had on our consulting group, his family, friends, community and entire dairy industry.

Special thank you to Dan Hagenow Video Creation, LLC for development of the video and to U.S. Farm Report and others that provided photos.(Video tribute presented at the 2018 GPS Dairy Leaders Forum)

A Tribute to Ken Schulte

Dr. Schulte served the dairy industry as a practicing dairy veterinarian and as a nutritional and management consultant for over 40 years. He did his undergraduate studies at South Dakota State University and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. On January 1, 1997, he left his dairy practice to found Dairy Production Services, Inc. a nutrition based dairy management business. In 2010 he became an independent agent for GPS Dairy Consulting. His deep desire to help others, along with his love of the dairy industry made him a true specialist in his field. He was a strong advocate for his profession serving on numerous boards. He was a member and past President of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and was honored by his peers by being named SD Veterinarian of the Year in 1995. He served as a member of the South Dakota Reserve Veterinary Medical Officer Corps, which is the state's emergency veterinary response team in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak or a terrorist attack. He also consulted with and held advisory positions for several dairy industry partners and was an active member of the AVMA and AABP. He made his home and raised his three sons in Milbank, SD. His wife Jan now resides in Watertown, SD.