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 company with more than 1,200 employees and 14 facilities across the globe. Recently, Cascade Engineering became the largest company to be certified as a B Corporation.
Keller has also worked to ensure that his company has a positive social impact within the local community, and globally as well: Cascade subsidiary Triple Quest currently manufactures the Hydraid BioSand water filter, a low-cost purification system aimed at in-need populations in developing countries. The company’s innovation as well as its support for its employees have earned it multiple awards, including Chrysler’s Technology Role Model Award, the Ron Brown Award for For Corporate Leadership, and the National Governor’s Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Keller also lectures in social-capital building at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and participates in diverse speaking engagements nationwide.