Why Business? Why Now?
Fred Keller is Chair and CEO of Cascade Engineering which he founded in 1973.
Cascade Engineering is a diversified manufacturer serving many markets including transportation, environmental services, office furniture, agriculture, water filtration and renewable energy. The company specializes in plastic injection molding of large parts and employs 1100 employees in seven worldwide locations. CE is comprised of 13 strategic business units and is one of the largest Certified B Corporations in the world. A strong advocate for “sustainable” business practices, Fred has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. His innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability are featured regularly in business and industry publications.
Fred teaches a course titled, “Entrepreneurship in the Emerging Sustainable Economy” at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He has served as former Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council and as a former Chairman of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Trustees. He is the founder of the Keller Futures Center, a unique concept surrounding community engagement and 21st Century learning. Fred is the founder and current Chair of Talent 2025, a catalyst for the development of an integrated talent system to meet employer needs. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Keller earned a B.S. in materials science engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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