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.

COMPANY

  • 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

MARKET

  • 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

OWNERSHIP / MANAGEMENT

  • 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

Principal

Professional Associations

Imagineer Technology Group, Board Member

Philanthropic Associations

Repairing the Breach, Chairman of the Board
The Gifted Education Foundation, Board Member
Furman University, Advisory Council

History and Current Role

Kem started with Kemmons Wilson Companies in 2005 helping to oversee various private investment initiatives. In late 2007, Kem’s primary focus moved to overseeing the marketable securities portfolios for Wilson family members, various Wilson-related corporate entities, and Wilson-related charitable entities. Today, Kem along with three other third generation family members lead day-to-day operations of KWC, including the formulation, implementation, and management of KWC’s long-term vision and strategy. Prior to joining his family’s business, Kem gained work experience in both the financial services industry and the non-profit industry. Kem began his career as a research analyst for a hedge fund of funds and as a financial analyst for an investment consulting firm. He then spent a couple of years in Jackson Hole, WY where he worked as an occupational therapist for a non-profit corporation servicing people with disabilities.

Family

Kem has three children, Ava, Sophie, Kemmons IV.

Education

Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management (MBA, 2005)
Cornell University (MMH – Master of Management in Hospitality, 2005)
Furman University (BA, 1998)

Hobbies & Interests

Family
Health & Fitness
Travel
Snow Skiing
Fly-fishing
Hunting
Golf

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