Founder and President, Computer
Asset Management (C.A.M.) Corp. in Pinckney. Since
establishing the image management software and hardware
company in 1974, Brownlee has anticipated market changes
and led his company through many transformations. C.A.M.
originally started as a partner with Ford Motor Credit
to provide hardware and software solutions in the IBM
mainframe environment. In the 1980s, Brownlee led the
company into the compatible IBM market, providing tape
and disk sub-systems, mainframe memory and refurbished
IBM monitors and peripherals. In the 1990s, C.A.M. began
offering products and services from Seiko, HP, IBM,
Tektronix and Xerox for the engineering and
manufacturing sectors. Recent moves include partnering
with a Michigan manufacturer to offer compatible laser
toner cartridges; teaming with software developer Augrin
Software of Copenhagen, Denmark, to be a U.S.
distributor of the EasyCopy software line for the UNIX,
Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms and providing help
desk functions to users; and being selected by Xerox as
one of only 11 firms nationwide to participate in a new
sales program. Brownlee received his bachelorís degree
in industrial management from Michigan State University
and served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an industrial
WHERE BORN: "Detroit."
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"My Uncle Dave, who was the first one in my momís family
to emigrate from Scotland. He came from nothing and
started his own successful spring and wire company. And
my mother, who instilled the importance of education and
LAST BOOK READ: "The
Success Principles by Jack Canfield."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Passionate, driven, direct, assertive, intimidating,
knowledgeable, compassionate, outgoing."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS
HEADED: "The great thing about electronics is
that it's always changing. Improved software and
hardware allows us to be more competent in a global
market. Iím most excited about the green movement. Xerox
is working on reusable media, which should help us save
GADGET: "GPS. I play with it in my car and boat.
Google Earth is unbelievable. As an officer in the Coast
Guard, I could never take positioning by using a
"Michigan. Iíve traveled a lot in Europe and all over
the U.S. and enjoy Michigan the most. The Great Lakes,
inland lakes, winter and summer sports, and a diverse
population. Itís a great place to hang around."
"Boating, walking around, visiting historical sites."
"Salmon. Grilled, but I will eat it any way."
MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Iím
still trying to find them. Theyíre very hidden."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"As being honest, always treating others fairly and
being a man of my word."
||At the annual awards reception on
May 1, 2008, one Leader & Innovator from
the previous 12 months will be selected
as the Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator
of the Year.