The entrepreneurial spirit can spring from many different sources.

- Phil Coop

Being an entrepreneur is a way of life, a way of approaching opportunities and challenges, and seeing the potential in all situations.

- Mary McDonald

Entrepreneurship is the foundation of the American business world.

- Michael J. Bruns

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20Sep 2018

HAROLD E.

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The success story of Crye-Leike is one that is well known in the real-estate world. In 1977, Harold Crye and Dick Leike founded a company that they promised would make a difference – it would be results-oriented, professional, and would be dedicated to providing the utmost in service to the people it helped. Beginning from the ground up, the two

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20Sep 2018

HILLIARD

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Hilliard founded Memphis Glove Company in 1974 as an importer of industrial gloves.  After several years of success, he co-founded with his brothers Crews Safety Glasses and River City Rainwear.  In 1984 he formed Shelby Specialty Gloves to concentrate on the Fire Fighting Industry.  All 4 of these companies are leaders in the Personal Protectio

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20Sep 2018

WILLIAM B.

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Inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs in 1992 and honored as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997, William B. Dunavant is no stranger to the concept. Chairman and CEO of Dunavant Enterprises, a cotton merchandising operation that his father founded in 1929, Mr. Dunavant firmly believes that “entrepreneurship is the key to the survival of free en

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20Sep 2018

ROBERT H.

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Knowledge drives Robert H. “Bob” Buckman – whether it’s uncovering it, analyzing it, or sharing it. As Chairman and CEO Bulab Holdings, parent company of Buckman Laboratories, Mr. Buckman led the company that his parents created in 1945 in the quest to research, develop and market chemical products for use in the paper/pulp, industrial wate

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20Sep 2018

MICHAEL J.

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Mike Bruns retired in 2010 as founder and president of Comtrak Logistics, a national transportation and logistics company headquartered in Memphis. Mr. Bruns has received numerous industry and community recognitions including The Society of Entrepreneurs’ Master Entrepreneur Award. Mike’s business savvy has made him successful, and he genero

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20Sep 2018

J.R. (PITT)

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AUTOZONE

FOUNDER

Joseph R. “Pitt” Hyde III is a nationally known entrepreneur and philanthropist whose leadership has transformed his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. After he graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1965 with a degree in economics, he joined Malone & Hyde, the wholesale food company founded

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20Sep 2018

R. Brad

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Saks Incorporated

Retired Chairman and CEO

University of Memphis

Former 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

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20Sep 2018

PATRICK W.

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Patrick W. Lawler is chief executive officer of Youth Villages, one of the largest private providers of services to troubled children and their families in the country. Under his leadership, Youth Villages has established an array of specialized treatment programs operated by an effective team of more than 3,000 employees in 85 locations across 19

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20Sep 2018

G. Scott

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As the first non-profit member of the Society of Entrepreneurs, Dr. Scott Morris is an example that the entrepreneurial spirit is not limited solely to capitalistic ventures. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide primary health care to the low-income, uninsured work

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20Sep 2018

MICHAEL S.

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Anyone who’s ever taken a road trip has most likely shared the road with an M.S. Carriers truck, often affectionately known as the “white stallion.” The ubiquity of these trucks on America’s highways is indicative of the growth that Mike Starnes has seen in his company since 1978 when it began out of his home with only two trucks

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