Bachelor of Science in Economics, Michigan State University, 1963. HHD (honorary), Michigan State University, 1997. Associate of Arts (honorary), Grand Rapids Community College, 1993.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Grand Valley State University, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Davenport College, 1993. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Cooley Law School, 1993.
United States Ambassador to Italy, 1989—1993. Positions through vice president sales Universal Forest Products, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1962—1971, chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1971—1989, chairman, 1993. Chairman River City Food Company.
Managing partner SIBSCO LLC. Served to sergeant United States Marine Corps, 1956-1959.
Member executive committee Gerald R. Ford Foundation, past chairman endowment committee. Trustee Bush Presidential Library. Foundation, James A. Baker III Institute Public Policy, Rice University, John Cabot University, Rome.
Michigan delegate Republican National Convention, 1976, 1980, 1984. Member Republican National Committee, 1980—1989, vice chairman Midwest region, 1984—1989. Co-chairman Dole for President National Campaign, 1995—1996.
Member of Council of America Ambassadors.
Married Joan Peterson, 1964. Children: Mark, Charles, Sandra, Stephanie.