About Markham Enterprises
Markham Enterprises is a family owned business that fuels adventures for travelers throughout Michigan.
It all started in 1969 when a young entrepreneur recognized an incredible opportunity. With $36 in his pocket, Randy Markham acquired his first Mobil station at I-96 and Okemos Road.
Randy’s instincts about this great location in a growing market were correct. With Betty, his business-savvy wife, handling payroll and human resources, the Markhams set the standard for taking care of employees and serving their customers.
With Betty never missing an opportunity to thank a team member or acknowledge a birthday and Randy expanding relationships to include Sunoco, Standard, Amoco, Marathon, and Union 76, they grew their business to include multiple stores and a distributorship, Markham Oil.
Crowned the Gas War King in the 1980s, Randy Markham became famous throughout the region for dropping gas prices. At one point, Randy even gave it away for free! “We wanted to give back to the community and our regular customers.” It worked. Customers lined-up to fill their tanks and many still frequent Markham stores.
Today, Markham Enterprises continues to add services that support customer needs and fuel adventures. Led by Denise Markham, the company has grown to include multiple stores and restaurants as well as a wholesale fuel distribution company. Markham Enterprises provides value-added services including U-Haul rentals, truck stop amenities, and auto sales in locations throughout Michigan.
We drive our family-oriented business with passion, integrity, and respect. Our goals are to always:
Provide exceptional customer service
Make people feel at home when they visit our stores
Provide authentic and respectful service to our customers, suppliers, and employees
Markham Motors LLC
Markham Motors can help you find a great deal on your next car or truck. Browse our current stock or contact us and we’ll search for your next vehicle.
To ensure we provide the best service possible to our customers, we start with a great team.
Markham Team Members
Randy and Betty Markham grew their company with steadfast focus on their customers and community and by hiring leaders who shared their vision to serve.
Take Tom and Lois Darrow as examples. Tom started with Markham Enterprises in 1974 when the Okemos Mobil location included a two-bay service station. At the time, it was the largest station in the state with 16 fueling positions. Lois exemplified loyalty and honesty with every transaction as head cashier and Tom was a mechanic that soon earned the reputation, “there’s nothing he can’t fix.” In his unique way, Tom empowered people to be their best and even “MacGyvered” a solution for a customer who had suffered a stroke, enabling him to pump his own gas.
In addition to building their business, the Markhams gave back to their community. Randy served as the Okemos School Board President for four years and Betty was honored to receive the A. Geraldine Rapaport Volunteer of the Year Award from The Ingham County Democratic Party in 2006. Betty was active in the Lansing PFLAG Chapter and even ran for Ingham County Commissioner.
Following Betty’s untimely passing in 2007, the legacy of serving customers, employees and the community continues throughout the entire Markham Team.
Since 2010, Denise Markham has led Markham Enterprises and Markham Oil as CEO. Having grown-up in the business, Denise and vice president, Mike Mitchell, both continue the customer-centric focus and examples set by the company founders. From suppliers and partners to employees and customers, they continue to lead their family-oriented business with passion, integrity and respect.
Randy retired in 2010, but actively serves as an advisor for the business. He and his wife, Dorothy, enjoy traveling and spending time with family.