The ability to operate and manage a business is truly a gift. I have never considered going to work as work.
This country was built on risk, its founders risked everything for its creation, and our ability and freedom to create business and opportunity exists as a result of that sacrifice and risk.
Recognizing a need and being willing to assume the necessary risk to fill it is the simplest definition of an entrepreneur.
-Daphne T. Large
Thursday, December 3, 2015 5:30-7:30 PM
Paragon Bank Lobby- Fountain Place, 5400 Poplar
Attendance is free, but please RSVP here:
Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)
Chrome Grill – 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Jack Soden is the CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Jack grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado. After graduation, he went to work in the investment banking industry. While working as Executive Director of a money management firm, he met a client, Priscilla Presley. Upon her request, he came to Memphis and helped develop a business plan for opening Graceland.
Today the company has more than four hundred employees, and Graceland has become one of the nation’s premier tourist attractions with annual visitors in excess of 600,000, bringing an estimated $200 million per year to the Memphis economy.
The organization has grown into a worldwide entertainment, licensing, merchandising and music publishing enterprise. The company also owns and operates Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel at Graceland.
Jack serves on the boards of The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, The TN Tourism Committee, The ALSAC Leadership Council for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts, and the National Advisory Board for the National Civil Rights Museum. He is a member of The Society of Entrepreneurs, and has served as chairman and a board member.