Greater Lansing Business of the Year – Robert K. Schroeder and Karen J. Schroeder, Mayberry Homes
When considering the recipient of the Business of the Year in the Greater Lansing area, judges search for a company that’s roots go deeper than simple economic success or profit margins. Entrepreneurship is most recognized in the ability to overcome what seems impossible, to develop accomplishments with tenacity and purpose. Mayberry Homes was named Business of the Year at the 2018 Entrepreneurial Awards, as they continue to transform the meaning of home ownership and community in our local neighborhoods.
Founded by Karen and Robert Schroeder, Mayberry Homes is a family-oriented business that aims to ensure the home buying experience is rewarding and gratifying for those who take the leap. Robert came from a family homebuilding company, while Karen came from a background in housing sales and marketing. With their wealth of experiences, they found the early 2000s were the perfect time to pool their talents and hit the ground running.
“We felt like there was a bit of a gap in the housing product available for the Greater Lansing area. We felt something was missing, and we wanted to fill that with something a little cooler, something that could disrupt the marketplace a bit,” Karen said. “So, in 2002, we joined forces and opened Mayberry Homes.”