Gary Verplank was named the IOE Alumni Awardee for 2017. He delivered a luncheon seminar to an audience of IOE students, alumni, faculty, and staff on Friday, October 27, 2017. He kept the event casual and asked attendees to come with questions. He spent the lunch hour providing insight and sharing experience and stories from his successful career.
Verplank received his B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is the CEO of Shape Corp., Light Corp., and other affiliated local companies that employ over 2,000 Grand Haven, MI area residents and 1,500 associates at their international facilities.
His community service roles include being a member of the Ferrysburg City Council, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, President and Board member of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Chairman of the North Ottawa Community Coalition, and past Spring Lake Yacht Club Commodore and Board member.
Gary’s honors include being recognized by the West Michigan Business Hall of Fame, and he is the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.