Founded by owner and pilot Stephen R. Polk, Maven by Midfield™ is the natural extension of Polk’s business aviation hangar complex at KPTK, Midfield Management. Polk, while no stranger to aviation, traces his business roots to one of the Detroit area’s preeminent automotive data companies, R.L Polk & Company founded in 1870 as a business directory service.
By 1922, R.L Polk published the first Passenger Car Registration Report, accounting for manufacturer data on the 9.2 million passenger automobiles which by then had been produced. As the decades passed, R. L Polk became one of the earliest companies to use aviation in the furtherance of its business. The Polk companies operated a succession of business aircraft, including the Gulfstream I, King Air 200 and later, a Cheyenne III. This background inspired Maven by Midfield™ founder Stephen R. Polk to become a pilot himself, in 1975. Still a current pilot today, Polk operates a TBM850.
As Polk’s love of aviation grew, so too did his desire to become more involved in the aviation business. Midfield Management began as an aviation real estate company and acquired a 13-acre leasehold on Pontiac’s Oakland County Airport in 2013. The naming convention was straightforward by design: Midfield Management’s leasehold is conveniently located immediately adjacent to the exact midpoint of Runway 9R/27L at Oakland County.
The leasehold came with four distinct hangars plus offices- 110,000 square feet in total, with some 76,000 of it hangar space. Distinct from a great many FBOs, Midfield Management turned each hangar into a boutique, multi-tenant private facility, each with its own FBO-like lobby and common area, complete with amenities. The idea was simple: Create a welcoming place for complementary aviation businesses to thrive, including charter and aircraft management companies, avionics and maintenance companies, aircraft detailing companies, interior restoration, aviation insurers, flight schools and others. Midfield Management became a full-service aviation offering to the local community, all in one place.
In 2019, the logical next step was taken, and Maven by Midfield™, the newest full service FBO at Pontiac was born. Already recognized as a leading FBO on airport, Maven by Midfield™ joined the Paragon Network™ FBO in 2020, an elite group of independently operated FBOs across the country.