John D. Wardrop retired in 2002 after 34-1/2 years with Sparks Belting Company, the last 21 as its president. Prior to becoming president in 1980, Wardrop had served as Eastern Regional Manager (1969-75) and Vice-President, Sales and Marketing (1975-1980). Wardrop also served as President of DAKE (Grand Haven, MI), another JSJ division, on an interim basis for four years, overseeing that company’s product restructuring and transition to non-union status.
Currently John is a Chair in the TEC Midwest organization, one of the oldest and largest CEO membership groups in the world. His local TEC group is comprised of owners, CEOs and leaders of non-competing businesses in distribution, manufacturing and service.
A 1959 graduate of Dartmouth College, Wardrop is a Past-President and Honorary Member of the National Industrial Belting Association. He was a long-time member on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. Currently, John serves on the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Advisory Cabinet at Grand Valley State University, where he chairs its Mentor Committee.
John is married to Maribeth Wardrop who served as Vice-President of Development at Grand Valley State University for 12 years.
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