Muskegon Chamber Cites Entrepreneurs

May 18, 2008
| By Pete Daly |
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MUSKEGON — Four notable entrepreneurs active in the Muskegon area of late are to be honored Tuesday by the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon at the Muskegon Country Club.

The four "elite leaders and visionaries," as described by the Chamber, are Bob Brady, Dr. Mark Campbell, Dan McKinnon and Rick Puthoff.

Brady is the owner of GMI Composites, formerly known as George Morrell Industries, a manufacturer of molded composite parts with a history in Muskegon that dates back to the 1920s. Brady purchased the company in 1984 when it had nine employees and about $500,000 in annual sales. Last year it marked $9 million in sales, with 45 employees.

Campbell, one of West Michigan's leading oncologists, owns My Auto Import Center and the new Hot Rod Harley-Davidson dealership, which opened in downtown Muskegon last summer. His investment in new facilities for the two dealerships totals nearly $10 million. The number of employees at My Auto has nearly doubled since he acquired the dealership in 2001, while employment at the Harley dealership jumped from four employees in 2005 when he bought it, to 20 at the current time.

McKinnon owns Graphics House Imaging and Graphics House Printing in Muskegon Heights. Graphics House employment rose from 26 to 70 from 2000 to 2007, and sales grew 150 percent during the same period. McKinnon also owns GH Express, a cell phone retailer and service provider with five locations in Muskegon and northern Ottawa County.

Puthoff has been a Muskegon restaurateur since moving to the area in 1975 from Indiana. He owns three Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken restaurants in Muskegon, plus Lighthouse Liquor and the Golden Corral restaurant on Sternberg Road. He employs approximately 200 people between the five operations.

Keynote speaker at the event will be Chris Harkema, CEO of EPI Concrete Products in Grandville.

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