West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum names new president

July 15, 2011
| By Pete Daly |
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The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has announced that Eric “Rick” Van Dellen is the new president of the organization’s board of directors.

Van Dellen, sustainability program manager at Amway Corp., was vice president of the WMSBF last year. His term as president begins this month and continues through May 2012.

Van Dellen received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in chemistry from Western Kentucky University, and joined Amway as a research chemist in R&D. He was involved in product development as a senior group leader of Nutritional Analysis and Microbiology, and has published numerous papers in the fields of microbiology, nutritional analysis and drinking water treatment.

Van Dellen is past chairman of the Environmental Quality Committee for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and the American Chemistry Society.

“Rick brings a long history of involvement with the Forum, a depth of understanding of sustainability issues, and a broad appreciation of local resources and challenges,” said Gayle DeBruyn, outgoing board president. “His experience and leadership will be extremely valuable as we prepare for a very active year.”

Other WMSBF executive committee appointments include: vice president, Gabe Wing, director of environmental health and safety at Herman Miller; treasurer, Alison Waske, sustainable business officer at Metro Health; and secretary, David Rinard, director of global environmental performance at Steelcase.

Board members elected to their first term this year include Rick Post of Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Co.; Jennifer Wammack of IDa Design; Doug Wood of Kent Count Department of Public Works; Dan Buron of Goodwill Industries; and Dan Schoonmaker of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Other board members represent Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber; Fusion Business Services; Bissell Homecare; Sugar & Felsenthal; Grand Rapids Community College; and NTH Consultants.

Founded in 1994, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is a network of businesses, institutions and individuals dedicated to promoting business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility through education and collaboration. Luncheon meetings are held the second Monday of each month, noon to 2 p.m., and guests are welcome. For more information, visit www.wmsbf.org

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