Cornelius, NC 28031
Finding an individual who was born and raised in the greater Charlotte area is few and far between.
Mike Griffin is not only a true native to the area – but he has devoted his career to help make the Lake Norman region a prosperous and desirable place to live.
Griffin and his family define entrepreneurship. It all started in 1961 when Mike Griffin’s father and uncle partnered together and brought to life, Griffin Brothers Tire Sales. In the ‘80’s the two brothers split the business and Mike’s father began solely operating under the Griffin Brothers moniker.
With that signature name, the family has expanded the tire and auto repair business, diversified into waste management, started real estate development and entered the hospitality sector by purchasing Pine Island County Club. In 2016, the family consolidated sales of more than $50 million, owned 600,000 sq. ft of leasable commercial space and had more than 250 team members.
Later that year in 2016, Mike and his family sold the tire and auto repair operation and focused their efforts on additional real estate and waste management opportunities. Today, Griffin is still heavily involved in both, but has spearheaded a new division to The Griffin Brothers Companies, ZoomUp & Consulting Services.
This division allows Mike Griffin and his team to share their business knowledge and passion for entrepreneurship with like-minded business owners. The program is focused on taking existing businesses with a great reputation, and “Zooming it Up” into a bigger business. In the end, Griffin and his team are hopeful to recruit the next generation leader, Zoomers as they call them, and help the Zoomers create a family business legacy.
Mike Griffin and the Griffin Brothers Companies have been heavily involved with Lake Norman Economic Development for years. Griffin currently serves on the executive committee as the EDC’s secretary and treasurer and is a past chair of the Board of Directors. The goal of Lake Norman Economic Development is to improve the quality of life for the Lake Norman region by attracting new capital investment and creating new, highly skilled jobs. Griffin’s dedication to that mission shines brightly through his commitment to the economic growth of the area through his real estate investments and investment of time in the young entrepreneurs and business owners.
The knowledge, experience and expertise that Griffin brings to LNED is unparalleled and when asked why he continues to invest in the EDC he shared,