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Excellence in Business Dinner Gala
May 4, 2018

The Excellence in Business Dinner Gala is Davenport’s premier black-tie event and has raised over $2.3 million in scholarships for deserving and talented students to earn their degrees and make a lasting difference in our workplaces and communities. This year we will be honoring Brian Walker, President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc. with the Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, will be the featured speaker. 

Event Details
5/4/18
Date
DeVos Place
Location
6:00 p.m.
Time
2018 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award Recipient
Brian Walker

Brian Walker is President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., overseeing the global company’s efforts to create solutions that inspire better places for people to work and live. Brian was named President and COO of the company in 2003, and assumed the title of CEO in 2004. 

Under Brian’s leadership, Herman Miller implemented a transformative business strategy called “SHIFT,” and has made purposeful strides toward positioning itself globally as a premium lifestyle brand. The strategic shift to an industry-plus-consumer brand has redefined Herman Miller as the only company in broad furnishings to serve consumers and contract customers across a multi-channel platform.  

Brian was appointed President of Herman Miller North America in 2000, a role in which he oversaw the company’s core business operations for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Beginning in 1995, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Herman Miller, Inc., where he developed a strong team and an internationally respected finance organization. Prior to that, he held various financial management positions within Herman Miller’s international operations. Before joining Herman Miller, Brian worked as a CPA for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. 

Brian serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Right Place, Inc., West Michigan’s regional economic development organization, and serves on the Board of Directors for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research, and Universal Forest Products, Inc. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for The Federal Reserve Bank of Detroit and as President of The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA).

Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University, and he enjoys biking, skiing, and the martial arts. Brian and his wife, Colleen, have three children and reside in Holland, Michigan.

Featured Guest
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Morning Program”. When not traveling around the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at GMA’s studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, First Lady Michelle Obama, and NBA Superstar LeBron James. In her role, she has conducted interviews with countless musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities. 

Roberts has also done extensive reporting around the globe. She has traveled to Brussels with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush, who was on a mission to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Muslim world; to London for the historic wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDS crisis in that part of the world; to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake; and to South Africa to report on the World Cup. 

In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast—a part of the country Roberts called home for most of her life. In the days following, she traveled to the hurricane zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina. 

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.

Featured Guest Robin Roberts on WZZM13

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America, will be sharing stories of her news adventures with guests at the Davenport University Excellence in Business Dinner Gala on May 4th.

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities
Platinum Sponsor - $50,000
  • Three tables of 10 with priority placement and 30 tickets to the Platinum Reception
  • Sponsor recognition in all print materials, event website and the DU Review
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgement during the gala 
  • Exclusive gift for table sponsor
Gold Sponsor - $25,000
  • Two tables of 10 with priority placement and 20 tickets to the Platinum Reception
  • Sponsor recognition in all print materials, event website and the DU Review
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgement during the gala 
  • Exclusive gift for table sponsor
Silver Sponsor - $10,000
  • One table of 10 with first tier placement and 10 tickets to the Platinum Reception
  • Sponsor recognition in all print materials, event website and the DU Review
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgement during the gala
  • Exclusive gift for table sponsor 
Bronze Sponsor - $6,000
  • One table of 10 with second tier placement and 6 tickets to the Platinum Reception
  • Table signage and listing in the event program
Crystal Sponsor - $3,000
  • One table of 10 with third tier placement
  • Table signage and listing in the event program

 

Partner Sponsor - $1,000
  • Two tickets to gala
  • Recognition in event program

 

 

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2018 Event Sponsors

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