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Calvin Annual Business Partners Awards Luncheon

The Calvin Annual Business Partners Awards Luncheon honors businesses and individuals that have partnered with our business program in creating outstanding learning opportunities for students over the past several years.

This year we were excited to announce Richard Sheridan, the CEO of Menlo Innovations, as our keynote speaker.

Keynote speaker

Topic: Build a Workplace People Love – Just Add Joy
Speaker: Richard Sheridan

Create an intentional team culture focused on the business value of joy and unleash the human energy and the results you always knew were possible.


Richard Sheridan, CEO, Menlo InnovationsFrom kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Joy, Inc. author Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science '80, MS Computer Engineering '82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the Business Value of Joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!

Some call it agile, some call it lean… Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results, business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™.

Award recipients

This year, the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business will honor four outstanding partners for their continued commitment to Calvin's business program. This years award winners are:

2014 Outstanding Corporate Partner

Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.

2014 Outstanding Partners

Mary Tuuk, Fifth Third Bank
John and Judy Spoelhof, Bayside Capital
Andy DeVries, Calvin College


The 2014 Calvin Business Partners Awards Luncheon is hosted by the Calvin Annual Fund and the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.

Event details

DATE: Monday, October 20, 2014
LOCATION: Prince Conference Center, Calvin College (map)

Full registration: $30/person


Contact: for questions about registration.

Event sponsor

Superior Foods Co.

Table sponsors

Applied Imaging
Aspen Investment Management Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Colliers International
Custer Office Environments
Ed DeVries Properties
Farmers Insurance
Fifth Third Bank
Founders Bank and Trust
Kent Companies
Legal Copy Services
Leisure Living Management
Macatawa Bank
Plante Moran
RapidParts Inc.
Rockford Construction
Vibration Research
West Michigan Community Bank

Sponsorship opportunities

Become a sponsor of the Calvin Annual Business Partners Awards Luncheon.

Questions?, Please contact Rick Treur for more information about sponsoring this event.