John Kennedy III holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. An accountant and business manager, he joined Autodie Corp. of Grand Rapids as chief financial officer in 1982. He left Autodie in 1988 to found Autocam Corp., of which he is the current CEO. John has twice been appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Directors, in 2002 for a two year term, and again in 2011 for an eight year term. In addition to serving on the Grand Valley University Board, he helped to chair the Grand Valley State University Padnos School of Engineering, and the Meijer Public Broadcast Center. In 2002, John received the Grand Valley University Foundation Leadership Award. He has been inducted into the West Michigan Business Hall of Fame. Kennedy Hall of Engineering at Grand Valley is named in his honor.
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