Fred P. Keller
Chairman and CEO, Cascade Engineering
Fred P. Keller is Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, a leading multi-business manufacturer in the transportation, office furniture, renewable energy and recycling industries, primarily with plastic injection molded products with 1000 employees in five U.S. and Europe locations. A materials science engineer by training, Keller founded the Company in 1973.
Cascade has been widely recognized for its business achievements and community involvement. The Company’s recognition includes the White House’s Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership; Society for Human Resource Management’s top 10 “Best Medium Companies to Work for in America”; Goodwill Industries’ “Employer of the Year” award, and Chrysler’s “Technology Role Model” award.
Keller has been a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, advising Secretaries of Commerce since 2004, serving two years as chairman. He is also the recipient of a “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Governors Association. Keller currently serves as chairman of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Trustees and has served as a director of Fifth Third Bank and Meijer, Inc., is past chairman of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and has chaired several community boards.
His innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability are featured regularly in business and industry publications, and he teaches a course on “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation” at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Keller earned a B.S degree from Cornell and an M.S. in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.