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.

Joseph Orgill, III

Orgill, Inc.
Owner and Board Member
Past President

“All businesses are changing so rapidly that entrepreneurship is required – not optional – for today’s manager.” Joe Orgill knows the entrepreneurial concept well, and it’s his ability to demonstrate innovation and initiative that has allowed Orgill, Inc., the oldest business in the city of Memphis to be owned by the same family, to remain at the top. Mr. Orgill represents the 5th generation to work for the enterprise. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Orgill, Inc., a full-service wholesale distribution and retail services company. Orgill provides customers with sophisticated hardware retail market analysis, and is also the world’s largest independent hardware distributor.

Joe Orgill’s entrepreneurial commitment applies to the many civic responsibilities he has accepted over the years, including United Way of Greater Memphis, Rhodes College, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, the Shelby County Hospital Authority and LeMoyne Owen College. He is also one of the three original inductees into the “Home Center Hall of Fame.”

Description of Business:

Distribution of hardware items and provision of retail hardware marketing services worldwide.

Year Business Founded:

1847

Year Inducted:

1998

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship:

“‘All businesses are changing so rapidly that entrepreneurship is required-not optional- for today’s manager. Traditionally, entrepreneurs were people who got new ideas, which often spawned new businesses. However, today even the best-established business faces new challenges and opportunities. The creativity, capacity for risk, and vision traditionally associated with the entrepreneur are becoming the characteristics of all successful businesses.”

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