Grayslake Couple Dreams Big as MBE in Residential and Commercial Remodeling

  • Left to right: Morgan Gard (designer/daughter), Winston the Showroom Pup, and co-founders of Lotus Home Improvement and Great Lakes Building Products - Camille and Marcus Johnson. Vicarious Multimedia

    Left to right: Morgan Gard (designer/daughter), Winston the Showroom Pup, and co-founders of Lotus Home Improvement and Great Lakes Building Products - Camille and Marcus Johnson. Vicarious Multimedia

Updated 5/8/2023 10:32 AM

Husband and wife team Marcus and Camille Johnson, founders of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified businesses Lotus Home Improvement and Great Lakes Building Products, are living their American Dream and taking the residential and commercial remodeling industry by storm. The couple will host an Open House at their new showroom, 641 Barron Boulevard in Grayslake, Thursday, May 25 from 4 - 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Homeowners, along with trade professionals such as contractors, architects, interior designers, flooring installers and plumbing contractors are welcome to attend the event. Guests will learn about residential and commercial remodeling products and services provided by the businesses for kitchens, bathrooms and other projects - and enjoy refreshments, beverages and lively conversation.


The Johnsons recently achieved their MBE certification, a distinction for businesses that are 51% owned/operated by a minority. This certification takes a considerable amount of time and effort to achieve and demonstrates the dedication that the Johnsons have to serving the remodeling industry. Utilizing an MBE enables trade professionals and homeowners to source remodeling products and services from diverse organizations, while also supporting minority owned businesses. Contractors who work with an MBE can receive state and federal incentives.

While the couple's early days in business were small beginning in 2017, their dreams were big. They started by carrying just one cabinet line and delivering to customers out of their minivan. Over the last several years, the businesses have grown considerably to serve the Chicagoland area and greater region. Both carry dozens of the most recognized, and highest quality finishing products for residential and commercial building projects, including cabinetry, floor coverings (interior and exterior) and stone countertops, among many others.

"We are very proud to represent diverse entrepreneurs, and equally proud of our vendor and customer partnerships that have led to trusted, long-term relationships," said Marcus Johnson. "In addition to our growth, we're focused on leading the way for future diverse leadership in our industry and in others, by showing minority entrepreneurs they too can achieve their biggest dreams."

Lotus Home Improvement is the residential construction products division, with a goal to become the local go-to distributor for both homeowners and trades professionals who seek to work with a north suburban dealer with a robust showroom, designers, and delivery capabilities. Great Lakes Building Products aims to become recognized as a leading supplier to larger custom home builders, general contractors, tract regional and national home builders, as well as multi-family unit contractors for commercial residential building project supplies.

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Although they're proud to be representing diverse ownership in the construction industry by being one of just a handful of MBE product distributors, the Johnsons want to be recognized first and foremost for the diversity of materials that customers can choose from when purchasing from Lotus Home Improvement and Great Lakes Building Products.

They're focused on providing consistent 5-star, top-quality service, great pricing with an expert staff, dedicated account management for professionals, ongoing product training, and support. Customers get a one-of-a-kind showroom to shop remodeling products with the Johnson's designer and daughter, Morgan Gard, who has years of product knowledge. Visitors may also see the showroom pup, Winston. He loves new friends and is pretty good with tile options!

"We warmly invite anyone who would like to learn more about us, or those considering a remodeling project - both residential and commercial - to join us on Thursday, May 25. Come see how we are growing at Lotus Home Improvement and Great Lakes Building Products," Camille Johnson said.

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