David Johnson’s office at Bay Harbor in northern Michigan is situated amid an oasis of 550 luxury homes overlooking Lake Michigan; a well-appointed hotel; a yacht club; and three, nine-hole golf courses. “From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I’m at Bay Harbor 50 percent of the time,” says Johnson, chairman of Victor International in Auburn Hills.
Most of his remaining time is spent developing Turtle Lake, a luxury home community in Bloomfield Township, which is nearing completion. There are also retail developments under way in Clarkston and Lyon Township, plus he operates Oil Nut Bay — a resort community started in 2005 in the British Virgin Islands. “My philosophy is to create lifetime experiences, from fishing to boating to horseback riding,” he says. “It’s what brings people back again and again.”