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.

JOHN MCQUISTON, II

EVANS & PETREE
PARTNER
Founding Member

John McQuiston is a founding member of The Society of Entrepreneurs, and he exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurial leadership in many different ways. He is an experienced commercial litigator with Evans and Petree, a prominent Memphis law firm. His legal expertise is well respected in the business community. John created the legal foundation for The Seam, an internet platform for trading cotton and other commodities. Since its founding in 1999, The Seam has traded billions of dollars worth of commodities. John also created the legal foundation for EWR, Inc. a related company, which transfers electronic warehouse receipts representing 99% of the U.S. cotton crop. For over 20 years he has continuously been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” publication.

John McQuiston has also learned how to take himself away from the rigor of his law practice from time to time. He has written an inspirational book on the subject of the Benedictine Rule, Always We Begin Again, which was a religious bestseller.

John McQuiston is a former director of the Memphis Bar Association and former Chairman of the Tennessee Bar section on Business Torts. He is also a former Chairman of the Board at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

Description of Business:

Practicing attorney representing business interests in cases of national and international significance, selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in Tennessee, one of the top 14 business litigators in Memphis and listed in the publication “Best Lawyers in America”

Year Business Founded:

1968

Year Inducted:

Founding Member

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship:

“Never be afraid to ask for advice. If it’s good you will have gained. If it’s not, it will challenge you to think why, and you will have gained.”