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

Tony Graves

Tony Graves

Chief Investment Officer

Professional Associations

BRIDGES USA, Board Member and Former Chairman
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, Board Member and Treasurer
West Tennessee Endowment Corp (Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee), Former Investment Committee Chairman

History and Current Role

Tony joined the company in 2006, after serving as an outsider consultant to the family for over ten years. He is actively involved in our private investments initiative. His primary focus is to oversee the day-to-day activities of Wilson Investment Management (“WIM”). WIM was established in 2008 to manage the investment portfolios of the Kemmons Wilson family. He also serves on the firm’s Strategic Committee.

Prior Experience

Tony was a partner at Consulting Services Group, an independent investment consulting firm. He was with the firm for thirteen years and managed the majority of the firm’s high-net worth/family office clients.

Family

Tony is married to Ginger and they have two children, Mason and Grace.

Education

University of Tennessee (BBA)
Christian Brothers University Executive Certificate in Financial Planning
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Hobbies & Interests

Family
Outdoors
Fitness
Reading

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