A family of enterprises.

Our Story

As third-generation members of the Wilson family, we are proud to honor the legacy of our grandfather, dads and uncles while we advance their entrepreneurial spirit through an ongoing passion for investing in private businesses, which include, among other things, aviation, financial services, hotels, insurance, real estate and resort timesharing.

Like our past leaders, we know there are some essential ingredients for business success:

  • A clear vision to align team members,
  • A well-thought out strategic plan to guide actions, and
  • Dedicated and competent people with the ability and confidence to execute the plan.

Above all, we know PEOPLE make the biggest difference. That’s why our people-first philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. We focus on building enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with everyone with whom we work. We know by bringing our individual passion, experience and knowledge together we strengthen and grow our businesses and brands.

With all of his many triumphs, Kemmons Wilson measured his success by what was closest to his heart— family and community. His legacy is the values and principles on which KWC is built – and demonstrated by our continued commitment to creating long-term value and better opportunities for our associates and partners and to giving back to the communities where we all live and work.

Spence, Bob, Kem, Betty and Carole Wilson

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first Holiday Inn-1952

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"Opportunity knocks often. It knocks as often as you have an ear trained to hear it, an eye trained to see it, a hand trained to grasp it and a head trained to use it."

-kemmons wilson-