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.

Richard H. Bodine, Jr.

The Bodine Company
President (retired)

In 1993, the Society of Entrepreneurs inducted Richard H. Bodine, recognizing him as an accomplished businessman and generous contributor to Memphis’ civic interests. With the 1962 inception of The Bodine Company in Collierville, Tennessee, Richard Bodine responded to advancements in the lamp/ballast industry by introducing a complete line of tubular and fluorescent ballasts for emergency lighting. Since that time, the Bodine Company has continued to lead the market, providing cutting-edge emergency lighting materials to factory builders through a nationwide network of manufacturer’s representatives and electrical distributors.

The Bodine name has also become synonymous with special education in the Memphis area. Along with his late wife, Virginia, Mr. Bodine realized their dream of providing an educational facility dedicated solely to children with learning disabilities. The Bodine School was established in 1972 in the memory of their only son, Rick, who had been attending the Mills School in Florida. Located in Germantown, Tennessee, The Bodine School gives the chance for a good education to young people who may not have the opportunity to realize their potential in traditional systems.

Description of Business

Electronic manufacturing

Year Business Founded

1962

Year Inducted

1994

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

“The willingness to believe in one’s self and take a chance to create something new is one of the things that always made this country special and contributed to its growth. I believe this is just as important now as it has been in the past.”

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