LEAD Awards
John M Potter and Adam Russo

Adam Russo from 616 COM receiving a LEAD Award at the Feburary 2016 GRAPE event

Each month, GRAPE honors a deserving Grand Rapids professional who exemplifies Leadership, Excellence, And Development (LEAD) within their field.


LEAD award recipients are chosen by the GRAPE Excellence Review Committee, a group of highly distinguished professionals within the quality assurance field. Awards are giving based on the month’s program theme (human resources, public relations, legal services.).


LEAD award winners receive recognition at GRAPE’s annual “What is Excellence?” event, free GRAPE admission for a year, a signed certificate of excellence, recognition on GRAPE’s website and recognition on GRAPE’s social media.

Award Criteria

At present, GRAPE presents three categories of LEAD awards: Distinguished Leadership, Young Leadership, and Community Service. For these awards, candidates must be Grand Rapids area residents and be accomplished within their profession. LinkedIn recommendations are highly relevant in the ultimate selection. Young Leadership Awards are limited to nominees 35 years and younger. Community Service Award nominees should have extensive evidence of volunteer service.

Excellence Review Committee

Don Brecken Excellence Review Committee Chair, Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Member ASQ Board of Directors, ASQ Regional Director, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner, and Past Chair, ASQ Grand Rapids Section 1001

Kurt Roudabush Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Immediate Past Recertification Chair for ASQ Grand Rapids, and Past Chair of ASQ Grand Rapids Section 1001

M. Nora Bouchard: Accomplished executive coach with 25 years of experience developing corporate and IT leaders.

Brian Horstman Fellow of the American Society for Quality, Six-Sigma Master Black Belt, and Past Chair of ASQ Grand Rapids Section 1001

Brian Strobel: Certified Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence, American Society of Quality ASQ, Certified Professional Coach, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Nominations are considered in the award process: