Michigan-based Brokerage Firm Joins National Network


GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan based brokerage firm Company Connections has joined Murphy Business & Financial Corp., a national brokerage firm network, with plans to develop Murphy franchise offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. Murphy Business has more than 150 offices in the United States and Canada.

“Murphy Business has the national reach, credibility and tools to improve our brokerage practice,” said Jim Hines, president of Company Connections. “After 30 plus years of doing business as an unaffiliated independent I decided to make this merger for the benefit of our business owner clients and entrepreneurs in Michigan and Indiana.”

While Hines will remain active in Murphy Business – Great Lakes Region, Brad Schuchhardt will act as managing partner. “The brokerage opportunity in Michigan and Indiana is staggering right now. I’m dedicated to finding the right franchise owners with the necessary entrepreneurial spirit and drive to capitalize on it,” said Schuchhardt , who is a former business owner and business adviser. He sold his medical supply company in 2008 and joined Company Connections shortly thereafter. He will now spearhead the growth of Murphy Business – Great Lakes Region through franchise development in Michigan and Indiana. 

“We cannot be more excited to be joining forces with Jim Hines and Brad Schuchhardt to develop and build business in Michigan and Indiana,” said Roger Murphy CEO and president of Murphy Business & Financial Corp. “These states offer many opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs alike and we cannot wait to start making an impact.”