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.
Society of Entrepreneurs
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.
Making money always came naturally to Robert Wang, somewhat like breathing.
West’s achievements earned him membership in the Society of Entrepreneurs. Winning the Master Entrepreneur Award signifies that he embodies the self-direction, determination, creativity, leadership, and integrity necessary for membership in the Society.
Jay Myers was fired on his 39th birthday. Most people will imagine that to be a sad event, but most entrepreneurs will perk up and think, “It’s an opportunity!” In fact, as Myers says, “That’s how I got started on my entrepreneurial journey.”
Ron Coleman was already a seasoned businessman when some people approached him about being part of a camshaft company. But as a savvy entrepreneur, he couldn’t help but scratch his head. “Of all things,” he wondered, “how many people need a camshaft?”
Kent Ritchey wants to sell you a car. Or, really, anything on his lot at Landers Ford. It’s in his blood. The founder and president of Ritchey Management, LLC and Landers Auto Group has five decades of dealing wheels in the Mid-South, from individual vehicles to dealerships.
Heathcott has come to realize a few truths that she shares with other entrepreneurs. “I’m what you would call a recovering perfectionist,” she says. “You’re just not going to know all the answers. You’ll make decisions that are good and bad and sometimes you get so clutched up over whether it’s the right thing to do — and it may not be.