The foundation said that it selected Keller for the honor in recognition of his “life-long dedication to the residents and community of West Michigan.”
The foundation will present the award during its annual Faith in Humanity dinner and fund-raising auction April 17 at Catholic Central High School auditorium.
Joe Schmieder, CEO of Custer Office Environments and a member of the foundation board, said, “We’re pleased to present Fred Keller with this award.
“The traits that exemplify this award are the traits Fred has always believed and implemented when running a successful business and making a positive impact upon the community and the environment.
“We’re grateful for his dedication and the example he has set, and hope both he and Cascade Engineering will continue serving both the community and residents of West Michigan for many years to come.”
The foundation confers the award annually upon a community leader whom it says exemplifies the late Monsignor Hugh Michael Beahan’s ideals of racial harmony, mutual respect, ecumenism and community activism.
Keller founded Cascade 30 years ago and has made a commitment to building a sustainable business. He advises that the firm equally emphasizes economic, social and environmental capital.
Last year, Goodwill Industries named Cascade its Large Employer of the Year. It also received a Clean Corporate Citizen designation from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The Cascade Engineering Family of Companies employs more that 1,200 people, about 750 of them in the Grand Rapids area.