THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO HAVE DREAMS, IDEAS AND GOALS COME TO FRUITION, IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE OURS IN AMERICA.

- Denise Burnett Stewart

SMALL BUSINESS DRIVES THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IT THRIVES AND SURVIVES NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE GOING ON IN THE MAIN ECONOMY.

- Dick Gadomski

UNLESS WE PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN EXCITING BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IN OUR COUNTRY.

- Allen B. Morgan, Jr.

HILLIARD CREWS

SHELBY GROUP INTERNATIONAL
CHAIRMAN
Master EntrepreneurPast President

Hilliard Crews founded Memphis Glove Company in 1974 as an importer of industrial gloves. After several years of successful growth, he co-founded Crews Safety Glasses, River City Rainwear, and Shelby Specialty Gloves. All 4 companies became leaders in their product specialty and were recently merged into Shelby Group Intl., Inc. Crews remains Chairman and sole stockholder of Shelby Group Int’l. Inc. Shelby now operates factories in USA, Mexico, and China and has distribution centers in California and Pennsylvania. Shelby’s sales exceed $200 million; the company employs 250 in USA (200 Memphis Headquarters) and 1000 worldwide.
Hilliard formed Crews Realty in 1990 and since that time has formed several other real estate partnerships for development of commercial and residential properties. Hilliard has also been active as a venture capital investor since 2000 and serves on several company boards including Cedar Document Technologies, Inc. (a document processing co.), and Triumph Bancshares, Inc. (a community bank).

Hilliard graduated from Frayser High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Memphis. Hilliard serves on the Boards of University of Memphis and Teach for America.

Description of Business:

Manufacturers and distributors of safety products and apparel for industrial workers.

Year Business Founded:

1974

Year Inducted:

2007

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship:

“Entrepreneurship is the driving force behind a vibrant economy by improving efficiencies and by creating new products and services.”

For More Information: http://www.shelbygroup.com