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Jim Sartori

CEO & Owner
Jim Sartori is the third-generation owner and CEO of Sartori, a family owned company specializing in artisan, award-winning Wisconsin cheese. For three decades, Jim has led Sartori Cheese through a tremendous era of growth and opportunity — investing in operational expansions and developing Sartori into a premium, retail brand that is available in more than 40 countries.

Maria Sartori

Brand Ambassador
Maria Sartori is a fourth-generation family member and current brand ambassador for Sartori, a family owned company specializing in artisan, award-winning Wisconsin cheese. Having touched numerous areas of the company — from cheesemaking to sales — Maria has a deep understanding of the business. Today, as brand ambassador, Maria embraces the opportunity to share her family’s story and handcrafted approach to cheesemaking.

Jeff Schwager

President
Jeff Schwager has served as the president of Sartori Cheese since 2009. He brings more than 20 years of global executive experience to Sartori, where he has led the company through significant growth and strategic initiatives — including the development of Sartori into a premium, retail brand with worldwide distribution capabilities.

Mike Matucheski

Master Cheesemaker
Mike Matucheski has been a Master Cheesemaker at Sartori since 2011. With more than 20 years of experience, his expertise is matched with a constant curiosity and love of innovation. The road to becoming a Master Cheesemaker required Mike to dedicate more than 10 years to the craft before deemed a master in Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan & Romano. With Mike’s help, Sartori continues the tradition of handcrafting international, award-winning cheese.

Pam Hodgson

Master Cheesemaker
Pam Hodgson has been a Master Cheesemaker at Sartori since 2013. As only the second female in the country to become a Master Cheesemaker, Pam is a pioneer in the industry and at Sartori. The rigorous program required Pam to dedicate more than 10 years to the art and craft before being a master in Fontina and Open Hard Cheese. Her innovative approach to cheesemaking has led to Sartori original creations, such as Extra-Aged Goat and MontAmoré®.

Larry Steckbauer

Master Cheesemaker
Larry Steckbauer has been a Master Cheesemaker at Sartori since 2011. He brings more than 40 years of experience to the role along with an expertise, via the rigorous Master Cheesemaker program, of Parmesan and Romano cheesemaking. For Larry, it’s the people — the farmers, the fellow cheesemakers and the Sartori Team Members — that make his job truly special.

Latest Press Releases

Sartori Black Pepper BellaVitano Wins Another "Grand Champion" Title

09/11/2017
Sartori Company's Black Pepper BellaVitano took home the top prize at the World Dairy Expo, winning “Grand Champion” of the Cheese & Butter Contest.
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Sartori Cheese wins blue ribbons, aids scholarship at WI State Fair

08/15/2017
Two varieties of Sartori cheese were recognized for being the best of their respective classes at the Wisconsin State Fair’s Cheese & Butter Contest.
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Sartori Wins Awards Abroad and at Home in Artisan Cheese Competitions

07/31/2017
Sartori impressed an international and national audience at the International Cheese Awards and the American Cheese Society (ACS), winning a dozen accolades.
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Latest Press Coverage

Sartori Makes a Splash

Cheese Connoisseur
07/01/2017
Humility is among the core values Chief Executive Jim Sartori lists as central to his family-owned cheese business, Sartori Co.
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This Wisconsin Cheese Was Named The Best In The Country

Food & Wine
03/13/2017
Most competitions seek to identify the cream of the crop, but in this contest, if you submit cream, it means you’ve missed a whole bunch of important steps.
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Any Way You Slice It, Wisconsin Dominated The U.S. Cheese Championships

NPR: The Two-Way
03/10/2017
Wisconsin creamed the competition. America's Dairyland took home the first, second and third-place prizes at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest this week.
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