Steve Van Andel is a past chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the board since 1996.
During this time, Van Andel also was a prime architect of the recent global effort to develop the business strategy and restructure the operations of Amway Corp., culminating in the decision to create the sibling companies Access Business Group Inc. and Pyxis Innovations Inc. and join them with Amway and Quixtar Inc. under the Alticor banner. He currently serves as chairman of Alticor. He has been responsible for managing daily operations of the $5.1 billion company since 1995, when he was named Amway's chairman. Before that, Van Andel was Amway's vice president, Americas, overseeing the company's business operations in North and South America. He also served as vice president of marketing.
Van Andel is dedicated to the renewal of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., lending his time and support to the Grand Action Committee; the Van Andel Museum Center of the Grand Rapids Public Museum; and the Van Andel Institute, a major health research center in Grand Rapids. He serves as chairman of the Advisory Board for the Acton Institute, and on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.
In addition to the Chamber board, Van Andel serves on the boards of the Center for International Private Enterprises, Michigan National Bank Corp., Grand Rapids John Ball Zoo Society, the Borgess Metro Health Alliance, the Metropolitan Health Corp., the Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, and the American Management Association's Operation Enterprise.
Van Andel earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. He earned an MBA in marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.