Michael J. Guthrie
CEO and Co-Chairman
Michael J. Guthrie is a serial entrepreneur who has a passion for building community wealth through entrepreneurship. He has partnered with his brother Carlton for more than 30 years.
Michael is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and CEO of SPECTRA LMP LLC, a Detroit, Michigan based holding company with automotive manufacturing and engineering subsidiaries.
SPECTRA’s subsidiaries include: DETROIT CHASSIS, LLC, an assembler of running RV and commercial truck chassis located in Detroit, Michigan; DETROIT CUSTOM CHASSIS, LLC, a chassis modifier and upfitter located in Detroit Michigan, MAGNYS, LLC, a process and manufacturing engineering firm to the automotive, defense, aeronautical and agriculture industries located in Novi, Michigan. Michael is also a principal in HEALTHCURE, LLC, a developer of a proprietary system to prevent hospital acquired infections utilizing a patented anti-microbial and comprehensive risk reduction strategies.
Michael is a native of Gary, Indiana and a graduate of Gary Edison H.S., Class of ‘68. He received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1972 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. Michael practiced corporate litigation at the Sonnenschein Law Firm in Chicago for several years. He subsequently joined Johnson Products Company, a publicly held cosmetic, health and beauty products manufacturer, as Senior Attorney and quickly advanced to the post of Vice-President of Corporate Planning & Strategy.
In 1985, Michael and Carlton (Gary West Side H.S.’70) joined forces to acquire the tool and die and automotive metal stamping operations of Uptilt, Inc. and Trumark. Inc., in Lansing, Michigan. The Guthries have jointly owned several businesses in automotive sub-assembly and fabrication, metal stamping, tool and die, steel processing and warehousing, material sequencing, and product design and engineering as first and second tier suppliers to the automotive, RV and transportation industries.
Michael is past President or Board Chair of The National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers, The National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers Scholarship Fund, The Michigan Council on Vocational Educ., Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan and the Children’s Aid Society of SE Michigan.
Michael’s many board and advisory committee memberships have also included: the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management of Michigan State University, Comerica Bank of Michigan Central Region, Lansing Community College Foundation, Lansing Community College Business/Industry Institute, Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan, Junior Achievement of SE Michigan, The Single Parent Family Institute of Lansing, The Black Child and Family Institute of Lansing, Children’s Aid Society of SE Michigan, and the Community Advisory Board for Davis Aerospace and Technical H.S. of Detroit.
The Guthries and their businesses have been recognized by Quality Magazine and listed as #39 on the Quality Leadership 100 list, as “Supplier of the Year” by On Wheels, Inc., and “Supplier of the Year” by The National Minority Business Development Council, and “Michigan Manufacturer of the Year” by Impressions 5 Museum of Lansing. The Greater Lansing Business Monthly named the Guthries “Entrepreneurs of the Year.” Ernst & Young named Michael and Carlton “Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year” for Southeast Michigan.
Michael has received the “Platinum Award” for Lifetime Service from Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan for whom he has been a Junior Achievement consultant for over 35 classes in the last 30 years.
Michael is a committed advocate for community investment and community leadership who has actively mentored many high school and college students. In addition, Detroit Chassis annually awards several scholarships to high school achievers in the Detroit area.