‘Eek’ Packs ’Em In
When Betsy DeVos introduced her brother, “Eek,” to a sold-out Economic Club of Grand Rapids last week, she drew chuckles from the supportive audience when she mentioned ErikPrince chose service as a Navy Seal after considering an appointment to the Air Force academy by none other than now Democratic nemesis Sen. Carl Levin
Prince, founder of Blackwater Worldwide, outlined a litany of reasons critics such as Levin and others might want to acknowledge that the use of private security firms by the
The controversial 38-year-old
Prince, whose address was met with a standing ovation, didn’t venture far from a couple of hulking security guards who flanked the Amway Grand’s Ambassador Ballroom stage during his presentation, in a show of security that isn’t exactly common for Econ Club events. Club officials noted they could easily have drawn more than the 750 or so guests, which still put Prince at the top of audience-generators behind only visits by Alan Greenspan and Tom Izzo.
- Rick Puthoff, well-known
restaurateur and the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year, denies that he is a "visionary," but he certainly is known for his determination. Politicians, take note. Muskegon
"I am an entrepreneur. I'm not a visionary, by any stretch of the imagination," he said bluntly at the awards luncheon last week at Muskegon Country Club. Advance publicity about the event had urged the business community to come honor "
Puthoff, who first came to
"He can help me succeed. Or fail," he said. "I thank God for allowing me to be born in
It hasn't been easy, though. Puthoff owned Rax roast beef sandwich shops in
"I've taken more risk than I should," he told the Business Journal.
Today Puthoff has three Lee's. In 2003, he bought a Golden Corral restaurant franchise — then it took him three years to find a location that Golden Corral corporate would agree to. After proposing more than 20 locations, he finally found a site at The Lakes Mall that corporate OK'd and the restaurant opened in October 2006.
Puthoff employs about 200 people between his restaurants and a retail store he owns: Lighthouse Liquor in
Now he has his eye on a totally new career. He is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the District 8 seat on the
"I've complained enough," he said. "I want to see what I can do on the other side of the fence."
Other nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year were Bob Brady of GMI Composites, Dan McKinnon of Graphics House Imaging and Graphics House Printing, and Dr. Mark Campbell, an oncologist who owns My Auto Import Center and the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson dealership in downtown
- Craig S. Datema, president of Triangle Associates Inc., and Mark Peters, president of Butterball Farms Inc., both of Grand Rapids, have been selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders as finalists of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Regional award winners will be eligible for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program. Winners in numerous national categories, as well as the overall national winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in
The program celebrates its 22nd anniversary and has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Ernst & Young did not hold a
- he American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has released a study revealing the nation’s 10 most and least heart-friendly cities for women.
The study examined the heart health of the 200 most populous
The cities of