36 episodes

There are so many great entrepreneurs in Memphis, and their stories need to be told. Entrepreneurial Insights is a bi-weekly podcast sponsored by Century Wealth Management and the Society of Entrepreneurs. In each episode, Jay Healy and Pearson Crutcher sit down with accomplished business owners and entrepreneurs from Memphis, as they share insights and narratives from their journey to success.

Entrepreneurial Insights Jay Healy and Pearson Crutcher

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There are so many great entrepreneurs in Memphis, and their stories need to be told. Entrepreneurial Insights is a bi-weekly podcast sponsored by Century Wealth Management and the Society of Entrepreneurs. In each episode, Jay Healy and Pearson Crutcher sit down with accomplished business owners and entrepreneurs from Memphis, as they share insights and narratives from their journey to success.

    John Wilcox (S3BONUS)

    John Wilcox (S3BONUS)

    On his ninth birthday, John Wilcox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. These days, he’s looking to help others with the same health condition. Wilcox is the CEO and cofounder of Diatech Diabetes, a local medical device startup that’s developing a software platform to help people with diabetes obtain proper amounts of insulin.

    There are about 600,000 diabetes patients who use insulin pumps in the U.S. They regularly inject insulin into their body, ideally ensuring that they receive the correct amount of insulin. The margin for error is high, though, and malfunctions happen frequently.

    Diatech’s software is set to study data in an insulin pump’s system to make analyses and predictions while also providing alarms when a pump is malfunctioning and insulin dosages aren’t right. The startup plans to sell the software to insulin pump manufacturers, and the company is operating on a flexible, two-year timeline. It wants to complete clinical studies and form a strong relationship with a pump manufacturer by 2023 or 2024.

    Already, it’s scored a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. And in November 2021, Diatech won The Next Big Thing – an annual pitch competition hosted by The Society of Entrepreneurs and Epicenter – which came with a $10,000 prize.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Diatech Diabetes
    Epicenter Memphis
    UMRF Research Park
    Memphis Business Journal
    JDRF
    American Diabetes Association

    • 41 min
    Ron Coleman

    Ron Coleman

    Ron Coleman is the President of Competition Cams, a world leader in valve train technology, and under his management the company has acquired several other businesses, including TCI Automotive, LLC and Quarter Master Industries. Coleman founded the National Muscle Car Association, which is recognized as the largest national sanctioning group dedicated to street-legal vehicles. He is also the Founder, President and Chairman of Xceleration Media, LLC, which was acquired by Power Automedia.

    Coleman was elected to the White House Conference on Small Business twice. He served on the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Advisory Council, was a two time Delegate to the U.S. Congressional Small Business Summit, and was on the Advisory Council for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Coleman was active in issues involving government regulations and taxation of business, and testified before the Senate Small Business Committee to encourage the reduction of regulations that impact small business. Coleman was active in the U.S.-Japan Auto Parts Trade Agreement, which for the first time gave U.S. companies a fair chance to compete with product sales in Japan.

    Locally, Coleman is actively involved in the community and has supported such organizations as Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis Library Foundation, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and the Greater Memphis Chamber, among others. He is also a graduate of Leadership Memphis.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    COMP Cams
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    National Muscle Car Association
    Power Automedia (formerly Xceleration Media)
    Small Business Administration
    Specialty Equipment Market Association
    Memphis in May International Festival
    Memphis Library Foundation
    Catholic Charities of West Tennessee
    Greater Memphis Chamber
    Leadership Memphis

    • 48 min
    Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (S3E9)

    Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (S3E9)

    Natives of Memphis, Andy and Michael began cooking as children. Their extended Italian families would gather for jovial Sunday suppers, where everyone would help make homemade meatballs and ravioli. When Andy and Michael met at Christian Brothers High School, they immediately connected over their similar ancestral backstories. After graduating from the University of Mississippi and Auburn University, respectively, Andy and Michael attended Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC and the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary Studies in Calabria, Italy. Both Andy’s and MIchael's first formative kitchen experience was working under Chef Jose Gutierrez at Chez Philippe in Memphis.

    In 2008, Andy and Michael opened Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, which led to their first James Beard Foundation nomination. The duo followed their debut with Hog & Hominy, a wood-burning neighborhood restaurant that was recognized by Bon Appetit, GQ and Southern Living as one of the top new restaurants in the country in 2013. That year Food and Wine also selected them as Best New Chefs in the country, their cookbook Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots was published and they were recognized as semifinalists for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation. Two years later, Porcellio’s Craft Butcher highlighted their love of traditional butcheries and heritage meats. The 2016 opening of Josephine Estelle in the Ace Hotel in New Orleans, LA, was their first foray into a hotel space. Catherine & Mary’s a nod to their Italian grandmothers opened in 2016 as well. Gray Canary, located in Old Dominick Distillery in the South Main Arts District in downtown Memphis soon followed as their sixth concept.

    For their seventh restaurant, Bishop, Andy and Michael dug into their French cooking foundation that began right out of culinary school. Housed in the historic Central Station Hotel, this latest concept continues as the third in their stable of downtown restaurant locations and continues to underscore the renowned chefs' company culture of family and friends.

    They started the Andrew Michael Foundation in 2021 to help organize how the company can give back to our community.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Enjoy AM Restaurant Group
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile - Andy
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile - Michael
    Andrew Michael Foundation
    James Beard Foundation
    Mid-South Food Bank
    Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots

    • 41 min
    Harry Smith

    Harry Smith

    Harry Smith's years in public accounting prepared him for his life-changing career move to the Schilling Companies, Inc. as he assumed the role of Chairman and CEO of the 1,000-person company. This is the holding company for the real estate and automotive divisions. He also owned, in partnership with Boyle Investment Company, Schilling Farms, a 448-acre planned business development in Collierville, TN. Over the past 35 years, Smith has been involved in a number of businesses which include automotive parts, industrial engines, heating and cooling distribution and over ten different automobile dealerships of all makes and models. He has served on the Ford Motor Company Governmental Affairs Committee and the Ford Consumer Appeals Board. In January 2003, he was recognized as the Time-Life Quality Award Dealer for the State of Tennessee.

    Smith has been involved in over 30 boards and managing committees in the area, including Baptist Memorial Hospital, Baptist Health Sciences University, University of Memphis Foundation, Board of Visitors, Union University, Church Health, and Collierville Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Schilling Companies, Inc./Schilling Farms
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    Ford Motor Company
    Baptist Memorial Hospital & Health Care Services
    Baptist Health Sciences University
    University of Memphis Foundation
    Union University
    Church Health
    Collierville Chamber of Commerce

    • 39 min
    Gary Dodson

    Gary Dodson

    When Tommy Earl and Gary Dodson purchased four of Barloworld Truck Center’s dealerships in the summer of 2007, they say their $25 million bought the best Barloworld had to offer in the Freightliner business in terms of employees and customers. The service center and dealership locations are in Jackson, Tennessee; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Tupelo, Mississippi; with headquarters in Memphis. With the purchases, Earl and Dodson formed TAG (an acronym for Tommy and Gary) Truck Enterprises LLC. Perhaps this intrinsic link between themselves and their business explains TAG’s commitment to customer service and satisfaction and their personal touch with the day-to-day operations.

    Since 2007, revenue at TAG Truck Center has almost doubled, and they have expanded from four to 10 locations. TAG Truck Center has been ranked in the Top 25 fastest growing companies in Memphis nearly every year, and has been recognized by Freightliner as an “Elite” dealer.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Lonestar Truck Group/TAG Truck Center
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    Youth Villages
    Church Health
    Leadership Memphis
    Leadership Collierville
    New Hope Christian Church
    Ronald McDonald House of Memphis
    St. George's Independent School

    • 57 min
    Denise Stewart

    Denise Stewart

    In 1988, Denise Burnett Stewart, RN, BSN joined her friend Carol Paterson, who had an idea to start a specialized nurse staffing company. During the first year, they worked to build their client base and nurse base, but were taken off course when Carol was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990, Carol passed away and Denise became president and owner. Known today as OR Nurses Nationwide/Travel Nurses, Inc., the company has expanded to staffing all nurse specialties and allied professionals nationwide. It has added two additional offices – now with a presence in Memphis, TN; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Dallas, TX – with the same mindset: To provide patients with exceptional care by staffing elite healthcare professionals from all specialties in their ideal locations and facilities.

    OR Nurses Nationwide/Travel Nurses, Inc. has consistently ranked as the Largest Women Owned Business and has been recognized as a “Best Places to Work” by the Memphis Business Journal. Denise has been an active member of the Society of Entrepreneurs sponsored Insights Group since 2010.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    OR Nurses Nationwide/Travel Nurses, Inc.
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
    Baptist Health Sciences University
    Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
    St. Francis Hospital - Memphis
    Maryville University

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

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Interesting Memphians!

I’m really enjoying this podcast and learning more about my adopted city and the people who have dedicated their lives to making it a better place, whether through providing excellent workplace environments, spearheading charitable organizations, or simply supporting the causes that exist to make Memphis a stronger and more inviting place to live. One question Pearson and Jay ask all of their entrepreneur guests is if they believe there are certain traits they and their fellow entrepreneurs have in common. What none of them have said, but I have certainly noticed: they are all talented speakers and storytellers. These interviews are not only enlightening, they’re super interesting to listen to. Keep up the good work!

Jessica M. Chan ,

Enjoyed the podcast

I’m not a business person, but am a Memphian. I think Duncan Williams sets the bar high for other businesses in Memphis through his and his company’s strong commitment to the community. Loved hearing about his great admiration for his mom and her dedication to the company after the loss of her husband. Did not know D-W, Inc. was a minority owned biz- fun fact to learn through this podcast. Thanks to the Society of Entrepreneurs for getting this story out. Can’t wait to hear the next podcast!

Super taylor ,

Great Debut

I really enjoyed Duncan, Pearson, and Jay! This was informative and entertaining. I look forward to hearing more from Memphis’ entrepreneurs.

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