Investment Characteristics

We look for companies that meet all the criteria below and with our diverse operating history, we remain opportunistic to investing in businesses outside our seven key industries.


  • Profitable companies under $100 million in revenues
  • Significant, organic and/or acquisition growth potential
  • Leading market position with a defensible product or service that competes on more than price
  • Value-based employee culture with a customer and goal oriented focus


  • Primarily Southeastern US but will consider anywhere in US
  • Industry neutral
  • Niche markets where the larger market participants are not as focused or cannot compete


  • Interested in the following investment-stage scenarios:
    • GROWTH investing to enable profitable, growing companies to fund internal growth and/or acquisitions
    • BUYOUTS where owners are looking to exit completely
    • RECAPITALIZATION providing partial liquidation of the owner’s equity position
  • Interested in acquiring a majority or meaningful minority ownership stake, with board involvement
  • A strong management team with a successful track record,
    and looking to retain a meaningful ownership stake
  • Situations where we are typically the first institutional investor

C. Kemmons Wilson, III

C. Kemmons Wilson, III


Kemmons Wilson, III (“Kem”) joined Kemmons Wilson Companies (KWC) in 2005 and is a Principal of the firm focusing primarily on private equity initiatives and hospitality-related opportunities.  Before starting his career in the family business, Kem grew his investment experience though working as a research analyst for a hedge fund of funds and as a financial analyst for an investment consulting firm.  Kem also spent a couple years working for a non-profit corporation servicing people with disabilities.  For many years at KWC, Kem’s primary focus was on the marketable securities portfolios for Wilson family members and various Wilson-related corporate/charitable entities.  As a Partner in the management of the KWHP Fund, Kem applies his 15+ years of investment experience.

Kem is actively involved in philanthropy as Chairman of the Board for Repairing the Breach, a board member for the Gifted Education Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for Furman University.

His professional associations include serving on the boards of Imagineer Technology Group, Peak +, Wilson Investment Management and Orange Lake Resorts (dba Holiday Inn Club Vacations) – all of which are portfolio companies of Kemmons Wilson Companies.

Married and a father of four, Kem keeps active and enjoys all things outdoors. His friends and family might call him an adrenaline junkie having participated in a range of extreme activities from skydiving to backcountry skiing to running with the bulls in Pamplona.

Kem’s education includes a BA in Business Administration from Furman University, an MMH (Master of Management in Hospitality) from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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