Dennis W. Archer Jr., Esq. is the Chairman & CEO of Sixteen42 ventures, the parent company to a number of operating companies and strategic investments. Archer leveraged his background in marketing and advertising, creating a portfolio of companies, each of which thrives in a specific niche. The operating companies include Archer Corporate Services (where Dennis is a co-founder and serves as President), Ignition Media Group and Central Kitchen + Bar. The investments occupy several industry verticals to include tech, alternative healthcare, film production, targeted hedge funds, hospitality, and cannabis. Sixteen42 ventures, backs the “jockey” as opposed the “horse” where there’s an opportunistic opening in mature and evolving markets.
Central Kitchen + Bar opened in 2015, and very soon thereafter was named one of the area’s top restaurants. This 130-seat gastropub located in the heart of Detroit’s central business district, is very much a reflection of Dennis’ personality and Detroit roots, in that is refined yet approachable, the menu simple yet deep, our guests diverse and everyone is made to feel like a “regular”. The management team has a foundation of day-one team members allowing for continuity in the restaurant’s
customer service approach.
In addition to the aforementioned entrepreneurial endeavors, Archer is a real estate developer who is dedicated to giving back to Detroit and the surrounding areas. In the early 2000’s he realized it was the perfect marketplace to acquire, reposition and sell properties while simultaneously encouraging job creation, creating affordable housing units and bringing entrepreneurial opportunities into the city to promote economic growth.
Dennis Archer, Jr. received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan and has a certification in the NMSDC Advanced Management Education Program from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Dennis resides in Detroit with his sons Trey (Dennis, III) and Chase.