John Campau Named Citizen Patriot's 2006 Citizen Of The Year
Lumen Christ Profiles
1981 Lumen Christi graduate, John Campau, was recently awarded the honor of being named the Jackson Citizen Patriot’s 2006 Citizen of the Year, for his community service work, which include most notably, his efforts this year to save the John George Home for elderly men. John was an all-state football player at Lumen Christi and a 1985 graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in business.
John is president and chief executive ofﬁcer of Comtronics, a Jackson-based security and communications company with 125 employees serving more than 30,000 customers in nine states. From bank security to cell phones to video surveillance systems, Comtronics is a diverse company, growing at a staggering rate. He has taken the company from 300 alarm customers in 1986 to over 6,000 and has expanded the service area from Jackson County to include Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida today.
Campau’s thirst for community involvement seems to match or even succeed his commitment to growing his business. He is a contributor to and involved in more that 20 agencies or organizations with interests in making Jackson a better place. Among the list of community involvements includes serving as a sponsor of the Hot Air Jubilee and the Western Schools Job Shadowing Program, a corporate and team sponsor of the Wendy’s LPGA Pro-Am Charity Classic Adoption Beneﬁt event, a corporate and team sponsor with Junior Achievement, and a ﬁve-year Partner with Youth sponsor at the YMCA.
Campau likes having a diverse reach in the community as opposed to championing one cause. If there is a common denominator to Campau’s community outreach program, it seems to be kids, from adoption support to education.
One big exception to that theme is Jackson’s John George Home. The John George Home fell on hard times in recent years, and John, a 14-year member of the shelter’s board of directors and current board president, became the one to save it from closing. He knew if the John George Home closed there wouldn’t be another, and the 35 residents would not have another place to live. Campau replaced staff, launched fund-raising efforts and mounted a publicity campaign to enlist community support. His efforts were largely successful and now with the fund-raising pressure taken off the Home, it can focus on long-range planning to ensure its ﬁnancial well-being.
Reprinted with permission from Lumen Christi Profiles