“We want to make you a deal on an automobile.”
Anyone watching local TV or listening to Lansing-area radio knows that slogan and the distinct style of Terry Hanks. Originally from Lansing’s south side, he discovered a love for horses as a teenager, while working at the former Rowe Ranch Riding Stables in Dimondale. Hanks got his start in car sales in California before heading back home to work at various local dealerships, including the former Jack Dykstra Ford. Hanks currently has one dealership in Grand Ledge and another in St. Johns and employs about 270 people between the two.
With more than 650 members, the Greater Lansing Home Builders Association (GLHBA) is probably best known for its annual Parade of Homes. But GLHBA also provides educational and networking opportunities for its builder and supplier members, and keeps tabs on local regulatory issues, which, according to CEO Douglas Carr, is one of the most important aspects affecting home ownership opportunities today.
Spurred by the energy shortage of 1973, Mark Clevey found his niche promoting renewable energy sources—such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power, and biofuels, like Granger’s conversion of methane gas from its landfill into electricity—as well as using more energy efficient devices. Now with SBAM and the Michigan Sustainable Energy Coalition, he is promoting these concepts statewide.
In the mid-1930s, Harold Brogan started an insurance agency in Lansing. More than 70 years later, his grandson, Gregory D. Brogan, is managing partner of Brogan, Reed, Van Gorder & Associates (BRV) in East Lansing. Harold’s son and Greg’s father, David, still works at the company, and Greg’s brothers, Eric and Andy, are also with the firm. BRV specializes in employee benefits and retirement plans.
Despite the fact he has been executive director of the Ingham County Fair for only a year, Ted Edman has been around fairs long enough to know that he is directing one of Michigan’s top county fairs. Edman, who previously served over two decades on the executive board of the Chelsea Community Fair, guides an organization with an average fair attendance of over 110,000 and an annual budget of nearly 1 million dollars.
Bruce Springsteen was born to run; Pele was born to play soccer; Joy Thrun, it seems, was born to be a travel agent. How else can one explain a career that began in high school and continues to bring her such unmitigated pleasure? Spend a few minutes with the owner of Classic Travel in Okemos, and you may find yourself with a sudden urge to run home, find your passport, pack your bags and head to the airport.