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Excellence in Business Dinner Gala
Save the date - May 4, 2018

The Excellence in Business Dinner Gala is Davenport’s premier black-tie event and has raised over $2.2 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. Check back frequently for more information. 

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 - TBA
Student Scholarship Appreciation Video

Davenport University hosted its annual Excellence in Business Gala to raise money for student scholarships on April 28. Now in its 20th year, the Gala has raised approximately $2.3 million dollars. Click the video below to hear how scholarships made a difference for Jared, Chynna, Abigail, Kuana, and Allison.

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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