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: Dr. Randy Hicks, Regional Medical Imaging
In the late 1980s, Dr. Randy Hicks and Dr. David A. Strahle were doing residency together with Michigan State University Flint Area Medical Education. After Dr. Strahle finished his residency, he started what would become Regional Medical Imaging (RMI) in Flint. Three years later, when Dr. Hicks completed his residency, he joined the practice and after 37 years, it continues to grow.
“One of the biggest challenges we saw when it came to imaging during our residency was the divide between the hospitals and outpatient world,” says Dr. Hicks. “We wanted to make imaging available to patients outside of a hospital.”
Soon after the company started, Steve Lund joined the Senderra team, coming from Diplomat Pharmacy where he had worked for six years prior. At first, he was consulting full-time for the business before he was officially hired in 2013. At that time, the company was looking to expand with a new call center and Lund, being a Flint native, knew just the place.
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.”
- Nichol Albiar & Chris Veihl, Steady Eddy’s Cafe at the Market
- Annie Anglim, Cause & Effect Gallery
- 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