In 1974, Richard Gadomski bid for and was awarded his first contract-a $50 million corn processing plant for Cargill before his company was even founded. After successfully building his company around that first job he proceeded to buy out his original backers so that he could continue to build the company as he saw fit. PSI, an engineering and construction contracting firm, built international recognition in processing food, chemicals and package handling. In 1998, Gadomski sold PSI to the German corporation Lurgi and retired from the merged companies in 2001. Richard’s vision for PSI, from inception, was to build an industry-leading company that spearheaded innovation in the food processing industry. PSI became that industry leader, engineering and constructing projects for Cargill, FedEx, and all the major processors of corn, soybeans, sugars, vegetable oils, and ethanol. These projects were built in 35 states, Canada, France, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Netherlands, China, Mexico, and other foreign locations.
Active in the Memphis community, Gadomski has been involved with Christian Brothers University, Catholic Diocese of Memphis, United Way, Church of the Holy Spirit, March of Dimes, Memphis Regional Chamber, Renewable Fuels Association, Memphis Bioworks Foundation and a variety of youth sports programs. He has served three different terms on the CBU Board of Trustees.Learn More
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Robert and Susan Wang are living proof of the true spirit of entrepreneurship, starting small and working to realize a dream larger than they ever could have imagined. Founded in 1976 in the back of a van, Wang’s International, dedicated to selling crafts and home decor merchandise to wholesalers and retail stores, grew to become a powerhouse with annual revenues of more than $150 million.
The entrepreneurial spirit that the Wangs embody is something that they are constantly working to recognize and ignite in others. In 1989, they established at the University of Memphis the Robert Wang Center for Education and Research. The International Business center serves as a catalyst and a forum for ongoing analysis, training and discourse on the global economy and the challenges of global competition for American business and higher education.
In addition to a 1995 induction into the Society of Entrepreneurs, the Wangs have enjoyed much accolade throughout their career. Mr. Wang received the Memphis Business Journal’s first ever Executive of the Year Award. In 1992, he was awarded by Junior Achievement of Greater Memphis, and the Master of Free Enterprise Award.
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