Saturday, January 22, 2022

Bill Dutcher Receives 2021 Billings Chamber Agriculture Excellence Award

by Colter Brown
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The Billings Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Bill Dutcher, general manager of MetraPark, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Award for Agriculture Excellence.

With 40 years of commitment to MetraPark, the Billings community, and the agriculture industry, Dutcher truly embodies this award. Presented by Stockman Bank, this award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Billings agricultural community with a nod to their demonstrated excellence in their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and participation in civic, service and community organizations. The recipient is nominated by their peers and selected by the Chamber Ag Committee and Board of Directors.

A champion of agriculture, events, and business, Dutcher has been a long-standing staple at MetraPark and exhibited extreme dedication as he worked his way up the ranks from maintenance staff to his current position of general manager, held since 2008.

His nominator said, “No matter what event is coming up at MetraPark, Bill’s enthusiasm for each event is like none other. His long history of promoting agriculture through his work in various positions at Metra is something we can all strive to achieve.”

Dutcher’s commitment to advancing the agriculture industry is evidenced through his vast service record, from pouring orange juice and flipping pancakes for youth breakfasts with the Chamber Ag Committee to serving in leadership roles for the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs, IAFE, and numerous other boards and committees.

A ray of sunshine, he arrives to work early with a smile and often stays late, still smiling. As an employee and leader, Dutcher embodies many commendable qualities that are exemplified in ag and the western way of life—loyalty, working until the job is done, humility, and kindness.

Dutcher will be honored during the 2022 Billings Chamber Ag Appreciation Celebration on January 28, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MetraPark Pavilion. Tickets for this event can be purchased at BillingsChamber.com.

 

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