Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids. Cascade is a multi-business manufacturer and marketer that supports multiple brands in the automotive, truck, solid waste and recycling, furniture, and renewable energy industries. A materials engineer by training, Keller founded the company in 1973, following an earlier career as a metallurgist with Pratt & Whitney. From its small beginnings as a plastics parts manufacturer, Cascade has grown into a solutions-based organization with 17 customer-focused business units, 1,000 employees, and 12 facilities worldwide. A strong advocate for sustainable business practices, Keller has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social, and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. Cascade has been widely recognized for its business achievements and community involvement. In 2004, Keller was named to the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Advisory Council and is the current chairman. He is also the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the National Governors Association and the 2007 Michigan Diversification Achievement Award in Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive & Materials from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Most recently, Keller was the 2008 recipient of the Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Keller is a director of Meijer Inc. and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and serves on the national advisory board of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He is past chair of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and has chaired several community boards. He serves as a visiting lecturer on sustainability at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Keller earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.