Who I Am

Renae Hesselink

Career:  Vice President of Sustainability at Nichols Paper & Supply: Oversee our own sustainability efforts, LEED-EB O & M certification, and assist customers to implement their sustainability efforts: green cleaning and sustainable packaging programs. LEED Accredited Professional

Previous roles at Nichols: Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 6 years, Supply Manager for 5 years and in between those two positions I was project manager for our website and online ordering system for customers – we have had an internet based, fully integrated with our enterprise system online ordering system for customers for about 10 years now. When I handed that responsibility off about 11% of our orders were coming through this system.

Prior to Nichols I spent 18 years in the purchasing and inventory management field. I have a Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification.

Personal:  I live in West Michigan, Muskegon to be more accurate and even more accurate, Egelston Township.  I attended Muskegon Heights Public Schools for most of elementary and middle schools with a couple of years spent in the Mona Shores district.  In 10th grade I went to Muskegon Catholic High School and graduated from there.  I then went on to Muskegon Community College earning two associates degrees, Grand Valley State University where I earned my bachelors in Business and Baker College later where I earned a graduate degree in Leadership and a minor in International Business.

I am a life-long learner.  I also received three professional credentials:  CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager), CPIM (Certified Production and Inventory Management), and LEED AP BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Building Design and Construction.  I continue to renew two of those credentials one every two years (LEED AP) and the CPIM every five years.  I continue to take classes when it strikes me to do so and have completed courses in Lean practices, Photography, Interior Design to name a few.

One of my most proud accomplishments is TEDxMuskegon along with many others that have now helped make it happen for three years.  I wish we could capture all of the stories about the connections that have been now made through TEDxMuskegon.  Many of them have turned into long-term business relationships, career moves and friendships.  My hope is that we can keep this going for years.

I enjoy photography, travel, reading, cooking, writing, and I have two Golden Retrievers (Mac and Trevor) that keep me quite busy.

You can connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn also


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