Vic Jaro, former president and CEO of The Amalgamated Sugar Company, the nation’s second largest processor of sugarbeets, has been named the “Sugar Man of the Year – 2015.” Jaro, who had a distinguished career in the sugar industry covering 42 years, receives the coveted Dyer Memorial Award at a Sugar Club dinner in New York City on December 9.
Jaro joined Amalgamated Sugar in 1973 as a mechanical engineer at its Twin Falls factory in Idaho and later became plant manager. In 2002 he was named vice president of agriculture for the cooperative; and in 2006 its president, a role he held until he retired earlier this year.
Among his many accomplishments, Jaro implemented a five-year improvement plan at three of the cooperative’s factories that bolstered their strength and profitability. He also led an effort to modernize beet pile management techniques, which helped the cooperative avoid millions of dollars in sugar losses every year. An effort he led to demonstrate the value of utilizing the best agricultural practices resulted in significant increases in crop yields.
Jaro played a major role in the introduction of Roundup Ready® sugarbeets and in the establishment of National Sugar Marketing, a joint venture with Sucden Americas that markets sugar produced by Amalgamated.
In addition to his company duties, he also served on the board of trustees of the U. S. Beet Sugar Association and as chairman of the Sugar Association.
A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he served as an officer in the Merchant Marine and Naval Reserve before joining Amalgamated.
Jaro is the 58th recipient of the Dyer Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum.
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