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.