This lifetime achievement award honors individual practitioners that have made the greatest contribution to sustainable business in West Michigan during their careers. Finalists are selected by a nominating committee comprised of past inductees and past WMSBF board presidents.

Guy Bazzani (2016)

Guy Bazzani (2016) With more than 30 years of experience in commercial and residential development, Guy Bazzani manages a team of experienced professionals committed to innovative solutions in green building technologies, historic preservation and urban revitalization. As founder and chair of Local First and a member of the Social Venture Network, Guy has helped set the direction for positive…

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Gayle DeBruyn (2016)

Gayle DeBruyn (2016) Gayle DeBruyn, IIDA, LEED-AP, is an Associate Professor and Chief Sustainability Officer for Kendall College of Art and Design. She is Chair of the Collaborative Design and Furniture/Design Studies Programs. She is past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serves on the board of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability and…

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George Heartwell (2014)

George Heartwell (2014) Mayor George Heartwell took office in January 2004 and has seen Grand Rapids gain wide recognition as one of the most sustainable cities in America. During his tenure, the city government has implemented a variety of environmental measures, including purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued…

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RENAE HESSELINK (2015)

Renae Hesselink (2015) Renae Hesselink is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan chapter, past Chair of the Board of Directors and currently board member and the Chapter’s Green School Advocacy Committee Chair. Her roots with the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum go back approximately 18 years. She has been with…

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Fred Keller (2014)

Fred Keller (2014) As the founder and CEO of West Michigan plastics manufacturer Cascade Engineering, Fred Keller has overseen his manufacturing business grow in line with the sustainability movement. Under his leadership and his commitment to the triple bottom line, Keller has grown Cascade Engineering from a small, six-man injection molding shop into a global…

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Paul Murray (2014)

Paul Murray (2014) Paul Murray is the Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries Group, Inc. where he is responsible for sustainability and product stewardship. Murray joined Shaw, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world producing carpet and other floor coverings for the home and office, in February 2011 after…

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TOM NEWHOUSE (2015)

Tom Newhouse (2015) For more than 35 years Tom Newhouse has been designing furniture, lighting, major appliances, and other products as the owner/principal of an industrial design firm in western Michigan, Thomas J. Newhouse Design. Prior to 1978 he was a member of the corporate design staff at Herman Miller Inc. He holds a degree…

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DAVID RINARD (2015)

David Rinard (2015) David A. Rinard is director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Dave, promoted to his current position in November 1994, leads the department that is responsible for overseeing the company’s environmental initiatives and performance, and implementing its corporate environmental strategy, including regulatory compliance,…

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Deborah Steketee (2016)

Deborah Steketee (2016) Dr. Deborah Steketee joined the Sustainable Business Program in the fall of 2005, bringing an interest and expertise related to innovation, strategy and the social dimensions of sustainability. From 2006-2013, Dr. Steketee served as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability, and continues to contribute to Aquinas’ momentum toward sustainability. Dr. Steketee completed her doctoral work…

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Bill Stough (2014)

Bill Stough (2014) Bill Stough is founder and president of consulting firm Sustainable Research Group.  Stough has worked for over 25 years on environmental and sustainable business issues in a variety of capacities.  He is widely cited as one of the early initiators of the sustainable business movement.  As a board member of the West…

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RICH VANDER VEEN (2015)

Rich Vander Veen (2015) Rich Vander Veen is President of Mackinaw Power. Vander Veen led the Bay Windpower team which successfully initiated, financed and constructed the Great Lakes’ first privately developed commercial wind power project. The Mackinaw City Wind Power Plant is generating new, zero-emissions power today, serving “Green Power” customers across Michigan. Vander Veen…

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