Founder John Smith and his wife Megan rode Segway PTs for the first time in Northern Michigan. The Smiths instantly fell in love with the thrill and the freeing experience of riding Segway PTs. Within 15 minutes of renting, John had a light-bulb moment. He thought, “we could start a Segway PT Tour and Rental business in Plymouth, Michigan.” Three weeks later, John and Megan opened their first Segway PT Tour and Rental business in downtown Plymouth, Michigan.
With a significant credit card investment, just two Segway PT I2s, a partnership with a local retailer and a few hopes and prayers, the Smith Team opened Seg Adventures, LLC. The business name and the tagline “that’s how we roll,” were meant to convey the fun associated with Segway PT tours.
2011 to 2013
After moving to a couple of different locations around Plymouth, John began to discover that he would like to expand his Segway PT Tour and Rental business to other cities and towns. During time off for the birth of their first child, John was able to research, explore and take the required steps to launch the next PT Tour location.
John and his wife opened a second location in the historic town of Franklin, TN, neighboring town of Nashville. John worked with several partners and managers to keep the concept growing and thriving from a distance of 500 miles.
After offering the Segway PT experience to thousands of tourists and enthusiasts throughout Michigan and Tennessee, John was continuing to develop his passion for Segway Products. He began the process of transitioning his Segway PT Tour and Rental business to an Authorized Segway Experience Center and ultimately to an Authorized Segway Dealership.
John opened the Segway PT Dealership.
John and his trusted Service Manager, Brett traveled to Bedford, NH to attend the Dealer Training and Factory Tour. There they learned the ins and outs of Segway PT manufacturing, service repair, training and marketing best practices.
Since establishing the dealership, John has added several sales team members and contracted with his friend Brett to become his Certified Service Manager and Advisor.
John relaunched the dealership under the name Great Lakes Segway and promptly launched Greatlakessegway.com.
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