Eric Van Namen will play a critical role in developing and implementing the financial strategy for Cascade Engineering. As a member of the Office of the President (OTP), Eric will be an advisor and partner to the CEO/President and other key business leaders by providing assistance in evaluating strategic moves, mergers and acquisitions; growth strategies; and, developing financial plans, economic modeling, and risk analysis. Eric will be responsible for the Finance/Accounting Departments including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, cost accounting, taxes, insurance, fixed assets, budgets, forecasting, month-end and year-end accounting and the reporting of the financial performance of Cascade Engineering, including international operations. In this role, he will also be a key partner to our financial institutions and support meetings with the Board of Directors. Eric will be instrumental in the future success of Cascade Engineering.
Eric is a senior level financial executive with a demonstrated passion for delivering enhanced bottom-line performance, innovative process improvements, and a hands-on leader who collaborates with other business leaders in the development and implementation of strategic plans to facilitate business growth. He joins our team bringing over 26 years of increasing leadership responsibility in Finance. Eric is joint Cascade with a variety of excellent experience. Eric has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance serving within both the public and private sectors. He most recently was CFO at Lambert & Co., prior to that he spent 10 years as CFO of ODL, Inc. in Zeeland, rounding off his experience with 10 years at Deloitte (one of the Big 4 accounting firms in the world). Eric brings a wide range of experience from startups to multi-billion-dollar organizations. He possesses skills in leadership, financial analysis and planning, M&A, auditing and all aspects of accounting and finance. Greg Bylsma shared, “Eric’s experience in leading the financial arms of organizations of our size is very impressive, and I look forward to the leadership he will provide as we navigate the next chapter of Cascade.”
Eric received his bachelor’s degree from Hope College and his master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of CPA’s (MACPA). Eric currently serves on the board of Starlite Shores Family Camp and is a past board member for Spartan Nash YMCA, American Heart Association of West Michigan, and Grandville Calvin Christian Schools.