CEO of Comtronics Believes in Teamwork
By Shannon Globig
February 25, 2001
John A. Campau sometimes sounds more like a coach than the president and chief executive officer of a growing telecommunication and electronic security company.
John A. Campau - Jackson County Small Business Person of the Year 2001
“I have a new-found appreciation for other people’s talents. I appreciate the abilities and talents people who work here possess,” Campau said.But then, the former member of a state championship football team knows a little about the importance of teamwork.
“Our success rests on those abilities.”
Comtronics has established itself in the Jackson community the past 42 years in the sales of burglar and fire alarms, business phone systems and more recently found a market in home theater surround-sound systems and cell phones.
Campau, 38, took over the company from his parents in 1994 and has steadily increased the number of customers, employees and revenue.
And others are taking notice of how well the company is performing. In January, the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce presented Campau with the 2001 Jackson County Small Business Person of the Year award. And on Jan. 25, U.S. Congressman Nick Smith, R-Addison, had a flag flown over the Capitol in Campau’s honor and later presented the flag to him at an awards banquet.
John A. Campau, president and CEO of Comtronics, was honored as the Jackson County Small Business Person of the Year 2001 by the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
Campau graduated in 1981 from Lumen Christi High School, where he played defensive nose guard on the 1979 state championship football team. He went on to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in business in 1985.
He joined Comtronics full time in 1986, became president of the company in 1994 and in January 1999 Campau became co-founder and co-owner of Walker Capital Corp., Comtronics’ parent company.
“I was born, grew up in business and became part of it,” Campau said. “It was a natural decision. I also had the benefit of first-hand exposure.”
In the past two years, Comtronics has added 27 workers, for a total of 63 employees, more than doubled sales revenue, added Nextel to its product line, and found nearly 1,000 new customers. Its service area has expanded into eight states, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
Within a year of becoming an authorized Nextel dealership, Comtronics received that company’s highest honor by being named a Nextel Diamond Dealer. For the past six months, Comtronics has been rated in the top 10 for Nextel dealers in Michigan.
Campau also assisted Comtronics as they took on its largest customer ever. In May of 1999, they signed a multimillion-dollar contract to install 520 alarm systems for Citizens Bank in five states. In addition to Citizens Bank, Comtronics services more than 5,000 customers.
Although Comtronics has grown, Campau still strives to improve the company.
“We plan to expand our customer base into more states and stay on the cutting edge of technology with new computers and software,” Campau said.
“At this time. We feel we’re doing that.”
Reprinted with permission from The Jackson Citizen Patriot
Copyright February 2001