Crow named Muskegon entrepreneur of the year
Other nominees were Denise Kanaar of D&D Logistics; Debra Lambers of The Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague; and Jason Piasecki of Qonverge.
RC Productions was a small, voice-over production studio started by Crow in 1981 as a small side business, while he was working in sales at WMUS Radio in Muskegon. Crow had begun working as a young teenager after the death of his father, to help support the family. One of his first jobs was in sales at a clothing store in downtown Muskegon, and he also poured cement driveways, work his father had done. He began his professional radio career as a disc jockey at age 15, and went to work for WMUS upon graduation from Mona Shores High School.
Crow left radio in 1989 to manage RC Productions full time. He built it into a full-service advertising company that is now headquartered in Muskegon, with 38 employees and sales of $9 million. RC Productions also includes a grand format digital sign printing company, Source One Digital, located in a new 25,000-square-foot facility on North Gateway Boulevard in Norton Shores.
Source One Digital was ranked sixth among the top 25 digital printing shops in the U.S. by Wide-Format Imaging magazine. It specializes in signage applied on large vehicles such as buses and semi-trailers.
RC Productions clients include Sara Lee, Nestles, Solo Cups and the National Hot Rod Association, plus many other major corporations across the U.S.
Bob Scolnik, a member of the Chamber's Entrepreneur of the Year committee and emcee at the award ceremony last week at the Muskegon Country Club, said RC Productions, along with its Source One Digital division, has as many as 150 projects ongoing at any given time.
Featured speaker at the Chamber event was Doug DeVos, president of Amway Corp., who said "the American dream is alive and well around the world." He said the leaders of Amway today, like its founding partners, are optimistic and base their business decisions on the core values of family, ethical behavior and hard work.
"We will move through this tough time to get to a better place," said DeVos.
He concluded his remarks about Amway and the current economic situation with the observation that "the most important things in life are not economic."