Frederick P. Keller

Frederick P. Keller

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Fred P. Keller is chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, a leading multi-business manufacturer in the transportation, recycling, office furniture, and renewable energy industries, specializing in plastic injection molding with 1,800 employees in five worldwide locations. A materials science engineer by training, Fred started the company in 1973. Today Cascade Engineering comprises 8 strategic business units, is one of the largest Certified B Corporations and recently awarded “Best for the World” status. Cascade is widely recognized for its business achievements and community involvement.

Fred believes that business has the unique opportunity to complement its focus on financial performance with important work in the social and environmental arenas. A strong advocate for "sustainable" business practices, Fred has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social, and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. His innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability are featured regularly in business and industry publications.

Fred teaches two courses on "Changing the Game: Purpose and Profit” and “Social Entrepreneurship” at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is a former member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, advising Secretaries of Commerce from 2004–2011 and serving two years as chairman. Fred served 14 years (2 as chair) of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Trustees and has served as a director of Fifth Third Bank and Meijer, Inc. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fred earned a BS degree from Cornell University and an MS in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Recent Courses

  • NBA 6640 - Changing the Game: Purpose and Profit
  • NBA 5100 - Social Entrepreneurship

Academic Degrees

  • Honorary Doctorate Ferris State University, 1990
  • MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1971
  • BS Cornell University, 1966