Carlton L. Guthrie
President and Co-Chairman
Carlton L. Guthrie is Co-Chairman and President of Detroit Chassis LLC and its parent company SPECTRA LLC. Headquartered in Detroit, MI, Carlton and his brother Michael are the sole shareholders of SPECTRA which has a majority interest in several automotive related businesses, including Detroit Chassis, LLC, an assembler of the (Ford Motor Company) F-53 motor home running chassis and F-59 commercial truck chassis located in Detroit; Detroit Custom Chassis, LLC, a provider of chassis modifications, and MAGNYS, LLC, a process and manufacturing engineering firm. Carlton is also Chairman of the Board for HealthCureTM, located in Detroit, MI.
Detroit Chassis is one of the leading assemblers of running chassis, supplying chassis to all the major RV bodybuilders and has produced chassis for school buses and postal vehicles. Collectively, the SPECTRA companies and their affiliates can design, engineer, and manufacture complete automotive vehicles. Previously, Carlton served as Chairman, President and CEO of Trumark, Inc., a Lansing, MI. based automotive stamping and assembly company, from its 1985 acquisition through a leveraged buyout until its sale in 2001.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Gary, IN, Carlton was valedictorian and president of his high school senior class. He began his career at Harvard College where he received a BA with honors in Economics in 1974. After a brief stint at Philadelphia National Bank, he moved to Procter & Gamble where he was selected District Salesman of the Year after only eight months. He then returned to Harvard and received an MBA in 1978 concentrating in general management. Upon leaving business school, he worked as a management consultant, initially with Jewel Companies, the Chicago-based diversified food, drug and general merchandise distributor as an internal consultant; with McKinsey and Company’s Chicago office as a senior consultant in the firm’s Consumer Group specializing in strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions; and with James H. Lowry & Associates, a multi-office general management consulting firm as Executive Vice President and COO.
Since the 1985 acquisition of Trumark, Inc., Carlton and his brother Mike have earned several honors including Ernst & Young Michigan Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year; Supplier of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council; Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Impressions 5 Museum, Lansing, MI, and Carlton received the Chivas Regal Extrapreneur of the Year Award
Carlton serves on the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL. He is Past President of the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers, Detroit, MI and National Board Member for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Boston, MA. Other current and past activities include Board Chair of Concerned Christian Men, Chicago, IL; founder and Board Chair of the Single Parent Family Institute, Lansing, MI; Board of Directors for the Centers for New Horizons, Chicago; Advisory Board for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C., and Board Chair and co-founder of the Runners’ Club, Chicago.
Carlton and his wife Dawn-Marie reside in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. He has two children.