Gary Verplank is the CEO of Shape corp., Light Corp., and other affiliated local companies that employ over 2,000 Grand Haven area residents and 1,500 associates at their international facilities.
He was a committee member in GVSU's campaign for the Lake Michigan Center at AWRI and also served on the subsequent campaign committee for the Robert B. Annis Field Station. His past community involvement has included 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.
Gary received his B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. He resides in Spring Lake and has three children and six grandchildren.
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