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2014 Excellence in Business Dinner Gala

Friday, May 2, 2014 

DeVos Place – Grand Rapids, MI
Reception at 6 p.m & Dinner at 7 p.m.

The Excellence in Business Dinner was established in 1998 in honor of alumnus Peter C. Cook. Proceeds from the event benefit Davenport University Foundation scholarships. 

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Keynote Address by Captain Richard Phillips

As a “floating CEO” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and crew, Captain Phillips exemplifies the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team. Captain Phillips is the author of “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” a story shared on the silver screen in a Columbia Pictures production.


Honoring Blake W. Krueger 
2014 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award Recipient

This event will be a true celebration of business excellence as exemplified by Blake W. Krueger, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of Wolverine World Wide, Inc.  Blake has achieved so much as the CEO of one of West Michigan’s most successful global companies and as a well-respected community leader.  

Blake is a tremendous selection as recipient of the Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award.