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.

R. Brad Martin

RBM Venture Co.
Chairman
Master EntrepreneurPast President

Saks Incorporated

Retired Chairman and CEO

University of Memphis

Interim President July 2013-May 2014

R. Brad Martin is a true believer in entrepreneurship, “risk taking is fundamental to the advancement of any enterprise.” And the risks he has taken have proven quite successful.

Brad Martin led an investor group that acquired the four-store Proffitt’s Department Store chain in 1984. He became its Chief Executive Officer in 1989 and led the company as its revenues grew from approximately $70 million to $7 billion. The company acquired the premier department store chain in the United States–Saks Fifth Avenue–in 1998, and at that time, adopted the name, Saks Incorporated. Brad retired as Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated in 2007.

Description of Business:

Family Investment Office

Year Business Founded:

1984

Year Inducted:

1997

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship:

“‘Risk taking is fundamental to the advancement of any enterprise.”