Robert M. Brown
Robert Brown started the company in 1968 by building two large mobile home communities in Kalamazoo County. Treystar grew quickly from its humble roots, thanks in large part to Bob's expertise, hard work, and persistent desire to discover and cultivate opportunity. In the 1970s, Bob and a group of investors backed several manufacturing companies, acquired the Industrial State Bank (now Comerica), and began the renovation of the Main Street East complex in downtown Kalamazoo. Throughout the course of the next 45 years, he collaborated on financing and launching over 40 companies in banking, manufacturing, and farming.
Since 2007, Bob's passion has remained fueling continued innovation and enterprise in Michigan, nurturing future generations at every turn. Lending support to the University of Michigan and across Kalamazoo County, he has provided internships to retain the best and brightest young professionals in the state. Today, he continues to champion entrepreneurial curriculums at both University of Michigan and Western Michigan University to foster long-term business and job growth.