My parents, Gerrie and Marinus Vandevis, owned a grocery store in the Holland Marsh called the Marsh Food Store. It was a well-integrated and stocked store complete with local vegetables from the Marsh, fruit from Niagara, butcher, and meat counter.

As President & CEO of an electrical safety consulting company, I envisioned an industry with zero injuries to any of our 50,000 electrical workers. In 1999, we were experiencing 1,200 injuries per year and so I suggested to my Board