25 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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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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.

    Jay Martin

    Jay Martin

    Jay Martin graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968 and moved to Memphis in 1969. Jay founded National Safety Associates (Juice Plus Co.) with $500 and has served as President and CEO since its inception. Juice Plus+ has 75,000 independent distributors in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries, with system-wide sales of $425 million annually and has sales since inception of more than $12 billion. Juice Plus+ has 450 employees, primarily housed at corporate headquarters in Collierville, and a shipping facility in Memphis. The company hosts two conventions a year with an average attendance of 5,000.

     

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:

    Juice Plus+

    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile

    St. George’s Episcopal School

    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis

    Memphis Athletic Ministries

    Volunteers of America

    United Way of the Mid-South

    Direct Selling Association

     

    • 36 min
    David Andrews

    David Andrews

    David Andrews is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of City Enterprises, LLC. City Enterprises is the managing company of several businesses, many auto-related, including City Auto Sales, Chief Automotive Group, Pace Financial, City Auto Finance, and Dealers Auto Auction Group. Andrews launched City Auto Sales more than 35 years ago. Since then, he has grown the business to seven auction sites, multiple franchise and used car showrooms, eight City Auto Finance branches, and a nationwide forwarding company.

    City Enterprises, LLC managed companies employ more than 850 people. Andrews says his employees are like family and believes in rewarding employees who work hard. He points out that they take care of customers, just like they take care of their employees, and if they are doing their job right, customers should feel like buying a car is fun.
     
    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    City Enterprises/City Auto
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    City Auto Finance
    Dealers Auto Auction Group
    Pace Financial
    Greater Memphis Chamber
    ALS Foundation
    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    United Way

    • 42 min
    Ellen Rolfes

    Ellen Rolfes

    Throughout an entrepreneurial career that has spanned trade publishing, lecturing, cause-related marketing, implementing fundraising programs and seminar training, Ellen Rolfes has helped organizations of all sizes and different purposes advance financially in order to foster societal change. She often begins by finding an obscure institutional story. It becomes their guiding story that evokes a new vision to create a sustainable model for the future. Now in semi-retirement, Ellen consults with non-profits as a philanthropy strategist.
     
    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Ellen Rolfes & Associates
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy
    Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
    ACE Awareness Foundation
    Junior League of Memphis
    Leadership Memphis
    New Memphis
    Memphis Symphony Orchestra Circle of Friends

    • 37 min
    Jack Soden

    Jack Soden

    While working as Executive Director of a money management firm, Jack Soden met a client, Priscilla Presley. Upon her request, he came to Memphis and helped develop a business plan for opening Graceland. Today, Jack is the CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., which now has more than four hundred employees. Graceland has become one of the nation's premier tourist attractions with annual visitors in excess of 600,000, bringing an estimated $200 million per year to the Memphis economy. The company also controls The Guest House at Graceland, a 4-star, 450-room resort hotel.

    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
    Graceland
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    The Guest House at Graceland
    Greater Memphis Chamber
    St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    The University of Memphis
    National Civil Rights Museum

    • 52 min
    Don Hutson

    Don Hutson

    A founding member of the Society of Entrepreneurs, Don Hutson has made a name for himself in the speaking, management and sales arenas. Chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning in Memphis, Don has enjoyed many honors stemming from his ability to motivate others and to teach the secrets of success. U.S. Learning is a firm that specializes in providing innovative, high-impact sales, leadership and strategic solutions to business clients. His client list includes over one-half of the Fortune 500, and he is the author or co-author of 14 books, including Selling Value and his two Wall Street Journal and New York Times International #1 best sellers, The One Minute Entrepreneur and The One Minute Negotiator.
     
    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
     
    U.S. Learning
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    Books
    National Speakers Association
    NSA Foundation
    Society of International Business Fellows
    Speakers Roundtable

    • 42 min
    Hilliard Crews

    Hilliard Crews

    Hilliard Crews founded Memphis Glove Company in 1974 as an importer of industrial gloves. After several years of success, he co-founded with his brothers Crews Safety Glasses and River City Rainwear. In 1984, he formed Shelby Specialty Gloves for the fire-fighting industry. Presently, all four companies – leaders in PPE, operate under the holding company Shelby Group Intl. Inc., which now operates factories in Arkansas, Mexico and China and has distribution centers in Piperton, Tennessee and California. 
     
    Hilliard and his wife Harriett were instrumental in the founding of the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis in 2012. Hilliard serves on the Board of Teach for America-Memphis, is a Charter member of the University of Memphis Tiger’s Ambassador Club and still serves on various University of Memphis boards. In 2018, Hilliard and Harriett received the Crystal Award for Outstanding Philanthropy. They remain active in supporting many charities through the Crews Family Foundation.
     
    Links to items mentioned in the interview:
     
    Crews Center for Entrepreneurship
    Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
    MCR Safety
    Teach for America
    The University of Memphis
    Crews Family Foundation

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

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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