The Society of Entrepreneurs is a remarkable group of local visionaries who, beyond having good business sense, also know how to take risks and capitalize on them.
Inside Memphis Business presents the 2018 iteration of Power Players, featuring 500+ local industry leaders and influencers in Memphis.
IN THIS EDITION: Gaming the system; What’s going on; News from other sources; Upcoming events; Hot Sheet: Who’s going where; Power Player: Rick Hechinger; Quotable: Mayor Jim Strickland
Carl Ring took his company from one factory when he joined, to 18 manufacturing locations, employing more than 700 people in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Not bad considering that his father had once told him that most businesses that made it into the second generation failed anyway.
It’s not that he doesn’t unwind, it’s more that Steve Charles prefers to rewind. The world’s vitreoretinal surgeon doesn’t take a break from work, he doubles down on it.
Making money always came naturally to Robert Wang, somewhat like breathing.
Yes, Chris Bird started out with a lemonade stand. Even then, he was entrepreneurially looking for that edge, so he set it up near a tennis court that didn’t have refreshments nearby.
IN THIS EDITION: What’s going on; News from other sources; Upcoming events; Hot Sheet: Who’s going where; Power Player: Kevin Woods; Quotable: Bob Rolfe
How do you run a law firm spread across 22 firms nationwide? Just ask Baker Donelson CEO Ben Adams.
IN THIS EDITION: Beneva Mayweather Foods; What’s going on; News from other sources; Upcoming events; Hot Sheet: Who’s going where; Power Player: Pat Nelson ; Quotable: Ward Archer
Karl Schledwitz loves numbers. For example: if you put every King Cotton bacon strip sold in 2015 end to end in a straight line, it would reach from Memphis to Acapulco – almost 1,400 miles.
When Gayle Rose first picked up a clarinet at age 7, little did she know it would lead her to become a virtuoso — in philanthropy.
What does it take to revitalize a company? Decisiveness? Grit? Vision? Just ask the longtime employees at Orion Federal Credit Union who participated in its transformation under the leadership of CEO Daniel Weickenand and you’ll learn it’s all that and more.
“I understand all the jobs because I’ve done them. I would call myself a hands-on leader,” Heathcott says. “In order for me to understand something, I need to walk the walk and talk the talk.”
Kruchten’s team of agents encourage people to research fares online — but to call them when it’s time to book. In an industry whose pricing and logic can feel opaque, Travelennium offers clarity and simplicity.
Since 1957, Jack Pirtle’s Chicken has been serving the “Best Fried Chicken, Homemade Gravy, and Delicious Old Fashion Steak Sandwiches in the Mid South Market.”
Katzen takes this little piggy to market
Giving Back to the School that Changed His Life
As executive director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Ruby Bright is indeed seeking new light for Memphians in need.
The naysayers said it couldn’t be done, but Jack Soden revitalized Graceland and me it into a must-see attraction for Memphians and tourists.
Inside Memphis Business tours the new headquarters of United Way of the Mid-South with Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson.
At BRIDGES, Cynthia Ham looks at Memphis youth as the city’s source of future leaders.
A state of the art financial lab at the University of Memphis offers students a glimpse into Wall Street dealings.