Mr. Chip Marston is the Founder and CEO of The Marston Group, PLC, where his practice focuses on advisory, tax and transaction-related financial reporting matters. He serves as an advisor in entrepreneurial and private equity ventures and works with companies and their leadership teams in all phases of business, including formation, funding, growth and exit strategies. In addition, he works with individuals and family groups in the development and execution of tax, estate and gift, and legacy planning strategies. He serves as an advisor to several closely-held companies, families, trusts, and foundations.
Chip has extensive experience in tax, business, and complex family law controversies. He has served as an expert witness, consultant, Special Master and Receiver in a number of litigated matters in state and federal courts and has represented clients before state and federal agencies in a variety of tax controversies.
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If you find the insights below thought-provoking then you will enjoy the upcoming Panel Presentation at the September Roundtable meeting. In honor of our recent 25th Anniversary, The Society of Entrepreneurs published a book, “There’s Something in the Water, Intimate Accounts of River City Pioneers and Innovators.” For the book, every member of the Society (all 117) was interviewed and shared their insights on such topics as the qualities needed to be an entrepreneur, advice for someone starting a business and how to find and retain the best employees.
Please join members of The Society of Entrepreneurs: Mike Bruns, Carolyn Hardy, Mary McDonald, Duncan Williams and Walker Uhlhorn, as they share some of their thoughts and insights.
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“One MUST be an effective leader. That leader should have empathy for every single person employed. The leader must have a goal, a vision, and a mission that is clearly understood and never waivers. There must be a level of integrity within that leader that gives every single employee a level of comfort that cannot be found anywhere else.” Mike Bruns, Comtrak Logistics (Retired)
“An entrepreneur’s leadership arsenal must include multi-tasking skills, the ability to do a lot with a little, and the emotional stamina to take a punch and get back up ready to take on the next challenge with a positive attitude.” Carolyn Hardy, Henderson Transloading
“An entrepreneur’s passion grows not only be what you do, but also by what you do next. There is always an urge to invent, to create, to renew, and to climb another mountain with endless ideas for passionate productivity and excellence.” Mary McDonald, MCD Partners
“Believe with everything you have that what you are doing will be a success. Be able to give up some of the responsibility once the company grows.” Duncan Williams, Duncan-Williams
“An entrepreneur needs the following skills to be successful-imagination, perseverance, creativity, willingness to take a risk, integrity, willingness to work long hours, compassion for your fellow man, and self-confidence. I also think entrepreneurs have a unique talent for recognizing opportunity and problems and the ability to see solutions to the problems.” Walker Uhlhorn, Founder, The Society of EntrepreneursLearn More
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Jay B. Myers is founder and CEO of Interactive Solutions Inc. (ISI), a Memphis-based firm that specializes in video conferencing, distance learning, telemedicine, and audio-visual sales and support.
Jay started ISI in 1996 and has built it into a $25-million company with 55 employees & offices in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, as well as Oxford, MS, & Little Rock, AR.
ISI has received numerous corporate awards and recognition in the past several years. The company was named to INC. magazine’s list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States seven times in the past 11 years. ISI also was recently featured in the Small Business section of the Wall Street Journal. In addition, ISI was named the Memphis Business Journal Small Business of the Year in 2001 and in 2003 was the first recipient of the Kemmons Wilson (founder of Holiday Inn) Emerging Business Award.
In 2007, Jay published his first book, Keep Swinging: An Entrepreneur’s Story of Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Small Business Success and subsequently received the 2010 Ethan Award for success as an entrepreneurial author.
A natural storyteller, Jay is a sought-after speaker at CEO conferences and entrepreneurial development programs where he shares inspiring stories and practical tips based on growing ISI from $11- to $25-million during the Great Recession. Jay’s message as detailed in his second book, Hitting the Curveballs: How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Business, reveals creative, practical strategies to achieve business success in difficult times.
Jay was inducted into the Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame in 2011 and is active in numerous Memphis area community and civic organizations. Myers currently serves on the advisory board of the Chickasaw Council (Boy Scouts of America) Bancorp South and the National Foundation for Transplants. He is also past chairman and a current board member/executive committee member of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.Learn More
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