The Flint & Genesee Chamber is a membership organization representing more than 1,200 businesses and affiliates. We also work with hundreds more each year through our Economic Alliance division. That’s a lot of business. It’s also a lot of people. In recognition of the entrepreneurs and business owners driving our economy forward, we present FACES, a monthly Q&A series featuring our members and clients. If you’ve ever wondered who it is you’re doing business with – or could be doing business with – in Flint & Genesee, here’s your chance to find out.
FACES of Flint & Genesee Business: Mike Naddeo, Mike Naddeo Photography
Mike Naddeo has had an interest in photography since middle school, where he spent his time developing photos in his school’s darkroom. However, when he graduated from high school and entered the workforce, his path took a different direction.
“In my 20s, I did all manners of things,” says Naddeo. “I sold cars, and then worked as an event manager for Red Bull of Michigan. Then, at 30 years old, I decided to go back and finish college.”
Laurie Shaw first joined her husband’s family business, Coffee Beanery, working as the executive assistant for her mother-in-law JoAnne. With five children at home, the workload became overwhelming, so Shaw began to take on other roles in the organization like fundraising and marketing.
“At the time I didn’t know what I was preparing for,” says Shaw. “I was just going from department to department and improving things as I went.”
Thirty years ago, Brian King got an opportunity that would change the trajectory of his life forever. Working as a paperboy for The Flint Journal, King also took an opportunity to work a summer job for one of his subscribers, the owner of Ken’s Redi-Mix – a local poured concrete supplier – and has been with the company ever since.
“Gradually, I fell in love with the craziness which is this life,” says King. “We kind of grew together. It’s not one of those jobs you envision yourself doing but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Three years ago, Annie Anglim set out to open a studio space that was accessible for people with varying needs. This mission came after a friend of hers, Brenda, asked Anglim to teach her silversmithing – the only catch was Anglim’s studio at the time was in her basement and her friend was in a mobility chair because of multiple sclerosis. So, Anglim found a solution, opening Cause & Affect Gallery in Fenton.
“One of the best memories from the last few years is having my friend Brenda in the studio taking a class with me,” says Anglim. “She happens to be one of the artists we have in our gallery doing fused glass and leatherwork.”
About seven years ago, employees Nichol Albiar and Chris Veihl took over ownership of Steady Eddy’s Café at the Market – a staple in Flint for roughly 30 years. The local restaurant, which has had three previous owners, started in Davison but soon moved to the Flint Farmers’ Market on the second floor of its former location.
- Tracy Aubuchon, Rejuv Ave
- Ben Baker, Cool Bus Party Rental
- Jackie Berg, TheHUB Flint
- Kevin Begola, Bridge Street Exchange
- Ed Benning, MTA Flint
- Madonna Bennett & David Bennett, THA Architects Engineers
- Daniel Buccilli, Refinery Hair Co.
- Joanie Butler, John P. O’Sullivan Distributing
- Michelle Cardillo, Peace Barn
- Dwayne & Sonyita Clemons, Total Life Prosperity
- Dan Crannie, Signs by Crannie
- Sandra Clark, Applied EcoSystems
- Brandee Cook-Brown, 100K Ideas
- Adriane Deiulius, Grand Blanc Vendor Market Place
- Michael Elias, Common Citizen
- Bob Ennis, Ennis Center for Children
- John Foster, Convergent Technology Partners
- Angela Fox, A Fox International
- David Gaines, Gaines Jewelry
- Ryan Garza & Courtney Simpson, Pop Mod Photo
- Alicia Gibbons, Donna’s Donuts
- Nicole Goetz, VP Total Solutions
- Aaron Hamp, NC Systems & POS Michigan
- Dwayne Harrington, Park Place Hair Studio
- Sheena Harrison, Drinks of Essence Bartending School
- Steve Heddy, Artistic Decorating
- Heath Hoffman, Hoffman’s Deco Deli
- Rachel Hougen, Semi-Sweets, LLC
- Annette Hughes, Sunny Patch Learning Center
- Stephanie James, MW Gallery
- Deborah Johnson, Citizen Statewide Security, Inc.
- Jennifer & James Johnson, Prestige Janitorial Services
- Frank Kizy, Deluxe Dental
- Kelsey Koch, Serenity Yoga
- Charles Kuta, Ashlor Staffing
- Bob Landaal, Landaal Packing Systems
- Stacey LaFay, Franklin Benefit Solutions
- Julie Lopez, Crime Stoppers of Genesee County
- Adam Martin, Martin Funeral Services
- Luz Martinez, Poco Loco
- Matt Miller, Miller Industries
- Karl Olmsted & Brian Sanderson, Olmsted Associates, Inc.
- Grace Peabody, Peabody Insurance Inc.
- Diana Phillips, Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast
- Patty Plant, Cranberries Café
- Ray Porter, Porters Orchard
- Pharlon Randle, Bangtown Productions
- Manal Saab, SGCS
- Lorrie Sage, Special Occasions
- Amber Schlemmer, Primary Prevention Physiotherapy
- Marcus Schulmeister, Signal 88 Security
- Derek Sommer, Spud Software
- Erica Soriano, Soriano’s
- Amanda Szumowicz, Wears Like New
- Jason Trice, Bedrock Apparel
- Jeff Valley, Valley Tent Rental
- Judy Walling, Judy’s Dance Studio
- Nick Wambach, Mr. Brightside Exterior Cleaning
- Mary Webber, L&R Human Resource Consulting
- John Wentworth III, Wentworth Real Estate Group
- Shannon White, Funchitecture
- Melissa Withey, Pure Bliss Salon
- Steve Wolbert, SIPI
- Christie Wong Barrett, Mac Arthur Corporation