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, Jr.

C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr.

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

Family

Married to Norma Thompson of Memphis, TN
Five children: Carey Wilson Snider, C. Kemmons Wilson, III, Katherine Wilson Blackney, McLean Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson Pelly and 13 Grandchildren

Education

East High School (1964)
University of Alabama (1968) Bachelor of Science
Harvard Graduate School of Business (1979) OPM

Hobbies & Interests

Family, Bible study, weekly prayer group, hunting, fishing & golf.

Professional Associations

Chairman of the Board, Wilson Hotel Management Co.
Board of Directors, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
University of Alabama – Board of Visitors, President’s Cabinet
Presbyterian Day School – Board of Directors
Hope Christian Community Foundation – Board of Directors
Fogelman College of Business & Economics – University of Memphis – Board of Trustees
Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation – Board of Directors
DownLine Ministries – Board of Directors
NEXUS – Board of Directors
Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management – Board of Advisors
Country Place Ministries – Board of Directors
HalfTime – Board of Advisors
Fellows Program – Second Presbyterian Church – Chairman
Lead Like Jesus – Board of Advisors
World Presidents’ Organization
Certified Property Manager – Institute of Real Estate Management

Past Associations

Young Presidents’ Organization – Chairman, Rebel Chapter
Liberty Bowl Classic – President
Baddour Center – Board of Directors
University of Memphis – Board of Visitors
Memphis Literacy Council – Board of Directors
Region’s Financial Corporation – Board of Directors
Furman University – Board of Trustees
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau – Board of Directors
St. Joseph Hospital – Board of Directors
Boy’s Club – Board of Directors
Hutchison School – Board of Trustees
Emmaus – Board of Directors
•CEO Organization
•Leadership Foundations of America – Board of Directors

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