Christina Keller is the President of the Cascade Business Team (CBT) for Cascade Engineering. She has served as the President since September 1, 2016. Under Keller’s leadership, Cascade Engineering is focused on strengthening its core business of building excellence in plastics across a diversified platform of industries. Key strengths include seat backs for the office furniture industry and sound and air management in automotive vehicles. Recent awards include Haworth’s Innovation of the year for the Fern chair and Honda’s award for excellence in corporate citizenship.
Cascade Engineering’s own products include manufacture of over 30 million roll to the cart trash and recycle containers and a variety of pallets and bins for the industrial and agricultural markets. Keller continues the legacy of sustainability and the focus on balancing the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
Prior to becoming president of CBT, Keller led various divisions of Cascade Engineering, serving as president of CKT since Jan 2013, she participated on the Navistar Supplier Council with key executives in the truck industry during Navistar’s turn around. Under her leadership, CKT saw two of the highest years of sales in company history. She also served as Business Unit Leader for Triple Quest since Jan 2010. Keller joined Cascade Engineering in August of 2009.
Previous to Cascade Engineering, Keller was a manager in New York City at Polaris Management Partners. She studied business at the Johnson School at Cornell University and received her MBA in 2007. She was one of only 20 selected nationwide to work at Accenture for a summer internship and provided strategic M&A consulting for a customer in Calgary, Canada. Prior to business school, Keller worked in Washington, DC at the first greenhouse gas emission trading company in the nation, ERT. Prior to that, she worked and volunteered for a nonprofit, Solar Light for Africa (SLA), travelling through Uganda with first Lady Janet Museveni and became one of SLA’s youngest board members. Keller graduated from high school at the American International School in Zurich, Switzerland and additionally has lived abroad in Costa Rica, Peru and Chile.
Christina holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Boston College. She also holds a certificate in Economics from American University and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Along with leading Cascade Engineering, Christina is a member of the board of directors for Independent Bank (IBCP). She also serves on the board of trustees and is the chair at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. She also serves on the board of Cascade Engineering.
Keller is a member of the Grand Angels investment group as well as being active in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Family Business Alliance (FBA). Christina was recognized in Plastics News as a “Rising Star” and the Grand Rapids Business Journal twice named her “40 under 40”. Christina resides in Ada, Michigan with her husband and two children.