The youngest daughter of Cascade Engineering’s founder has been named president of four of the company’s business units.
Christina Keller has been appointed president of the Cascade Business Team, or CBT, which consists of four of Cascade Engineering’s nine business units.
Fred Keller is the founder and chair of Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering.
Keller will oversee business operations for Cascade Cart Solutions, Automotive Americas, Innovative Plastics Technologies and Noble Polymers.
All of the CBT business units are located on the Cascade Engineering campus in Grand Rapids.
Keller will report to Mark Miller, president and CEO of the Cascade Family of Companies.
Keller joined Cascade Engineering in 2009, as the business unit leader of Triple Quest, a 50-50 joint venture with The Windquest Group.
Under Keller’s direction, Triple Quest produced the Hydraid Water Filter, which has provided safe drinking water for more than 770,000 people in 46 countries.
Native Energy acquired the business in 2015, and Cascade Engineering was retained to make the filter.
In 2013, Keller was named president of CK Technologies, or CKT, a thermoplastics supplier to the North American commercial truck and bus industries. The company supplies injection-molded plastic parts and assemblies, such as bumpers, grilles, roof fairings and chassis skirts.
CKT is headquartered in Montpelier, Ohio, with additional facilities in Mount Airy, North Carolina and Brownsville and Fort Worth, Texas.
Employing 738 people, CKT is the largest business unit in the Cascade Family of Companies and has posted record earnings under Keller’s leadership.
Prior to joining Cascade Engineering, Keller served as a manager for Polaris Management Partners and Accenture in New York and a project manager for Environmental Resources Trust in Washington, D.C.
Keller also has considerable experience with hands-on international development work.
She served in Uganda with Solar Light for Africa, installing solar panels on schools and hospitals with Uganda’s first lady.
In Peru, she developed micro-enterprises in rural communities and taught micro-business classes in a number of high poverty areas.
Keller she serves on the board for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and she's involved with Grand Angels, Young Presidents’ Organization and Family Business Alliance.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Boston College and a master’s degree from Cornell University with a concentration in sustainable global enterprise.
Additionally, she holds a Master Black Belt Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University and a certificate in international economics from American University.