Randon W. Wilson, a senior lawyer with the Salt Lake City law firm Jones Waldo, has been named the "Sugar Man of the Year 2011." Wilson, who played a major role in the vertical integration of the beet sugar industry, received the coveted Dyer Memorial Award at a reception in New York City.
Wilson played a significant role in enabling cooperatives of sugarbeet growers to acquire the Amalgamated Sugar Company, the Michigan Sugar Company and the Western Sugar Company.
He also helped organize Sugar Growers and Refiners, a cooperative in Louisiana composed of sugarcane mills, growers and landowners. Wilson helped that cooperative enter into a joint venture with Cargill and Imperial Sugar to form Louisiana Sugar Refining LLC, thereby enabling it to become involved in the refining and marketing of sugar. He also has been actively involved in representing numerous cooperatives engaged in other agricultural sectors. Wilson is the 54th recipient of the Dyer Memorial award, which is sponsored by the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum.