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 and a board member for the Gifted Education Foundation.

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

As a father of three, 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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