The CFL Advisory Board is a non-governance entity that consists of individuals who are passionate about the mission of Hope’s Center for Leadership (CFL) and who are willing to offer wisdom and/or wealth.
Experienced Automotive Executive and Consultant
Jim Cnossen has served Hope College and CFL for the past decade. He was an adjunct professor and one of three recipients awarded the Servant Leader-in-Residence at CFL. He has been actively involved within CFL as an advisor, project coach in the CFL Student Consulting Program, and a mentor in the Student Mentoring Program.
Jim has extensive experience within the automotive, management consulting services and new business startup arenas. He has a proven track record of leadership within the information technology field, and unique experiences as an entrepreneur implementing ideas and solutions within for-profit environments. He also has expert knowledge and executive-level management experience in strategic planning, business process re-engineering and manufacturing operations all within an international context. He is recognized as a visionary and a results-oriented leader with strong communications and people-related skills.
Academically, Jim’s credentials include two undergraduate degrees (math/science and engineering), a master’s degree in operations and systems engineering, MBA graduate work, and has held adjunct professor positions at the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Community College, and Walsh College.
Chairman of the Board, Gordon Food Service
In 1973, Dan Gordon began working in sales full time at Gordon Food Service. He held a number of sales and marketing positions before becoming president in 1989. He was appointed chairman of the board in 2010. A graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Dan serves on the foundation board for Grand Valley State University, and on the Hope College Board of Trustees. He served on the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation board, for which he and his wife, Magee, chaired the 2009–2010 Children’s Miracle Network campaign. Dan also served as a board member of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and was the association’s chairman from 2002 to 2004. Dan and Magee have three children and five grandchildren and reside in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dan enjoys golfing and traveling.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Howard University
Senior Consulting Partner, Partners in Leadership
Experienced CEO, Board Member and Consultant
Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Accounting. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Anderson. That work led him to Herman Miller where he stayed for 29 years, including 14 years as the firm’s CEO.
Brian has been very active as a board member serving corporations such as Briggs and Stratton, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Universal Forest Products, and Gentex as well as institutions including Michigan State University, the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research, Davenport University, The Right Place, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Detroit.
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