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.
Season 1 Bonus: A Conversation with Carolyn Hardy, Dr. Scott Morris and Jeff Webb
Joining Entrepreneurial Insights hosts Jay Healy and Pearson Crutcher for a bonus episode to discuss how they have navigated their business through the coronavirus pandemic are Carolyn Hardy, president of Chism Hardy Investments; Dr. Scott Morris, founder and chief executive officer of Church Health; and Jeff Webb, founder of Varsity Brands. 2020 has forced us all to deal with unprecedented challenges, and we're honored to have these established leaders with us to share how they have pivoted and continued to move their businesses forward.
Episode 12: Billy Orgel
Billy Orgel is CEO of Tower Ventures, a full-service telecommunications provider offering quality tower and rooftop sites, build-to-suit services, and third-party marketing and management throughout the U.S. Tower Ventures has also established Tower Ventures REIT to purchase easements and land underneath existing tower sites across the country. Over the years, Billy became interested in preserving historic buildings in Downtown Memphis, and has completed such projects as the Tennessee Brewery and the upcoming revitalization of the Snuff District.
Episode 11: Spence Wilson
As Chairman of Kemmons Wilson Companies, Spence Wilson knows entrepreneurship quite well, having spent a lifetime with one of the city’s most well-known – his father, Kemmons Wilson the founder of Holiday Inn. Spence understands and embodies the importance of blending creative energy and vision, initiative and innovation, and has worked to develop Kemmons Wilson Companies into a leading investment, hospitality development and management company.
Links to items mentioned in the interview:
Kemmons Wilson Companies
Society of Entrepreneurs Profile
Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation
Kemmons Wilson’s Twenty Tips for Success
Kemmons Wilson Vision, Mission & Values
The Holiday Inn Story
Orange Lake Resort
The University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management
Episode 10: Jeff Webb
Jeff Webb knows something of the entrepreneurial “spirit” – he’s made a career of it. In the mid 70s, the former University of Oklahoma yell leader founded a company to conduct training camps for high school and college cheerleaders. Varsity Spirit, a division of Varsity Brands, has grown through the years to become the world’s largest operator of specialty camps, competitions and uniforms.
Episode 9: Jack Belz
A phrase that’s often heard these days, is “Downtown Memphis sure has come a long way.” It’s one for which, in large part, Memphis can thank the vision of Jack Belz. Mr. Belz and his family purchased The Peabody Hotel in 1975 rescuing it from dilapidation. He re-opened it in 1981, at the same time revealing his dream for revitalizing downtown Memphis.
Episode 8: Charles Ewing
In today’s world, we need more aspiring young people to pursue their dream of owning their own businesses.” That’s exactly what Charles Ewing said and did. He started Ewing Moving Service Inc. with one truck and one employee in 1980. Today, Charles is president and CEO of this international, commercial and residential relocation company that has 47 employees and a fleet of trucks.
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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!
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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!
I really enjoyed Duncan, Pearson, and Jay! This was informative and entertaining. I look forward to hearing more from Memphis’ entrepreneurs.