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

About the Society of Entrepreneurs

The Society of Entrepreneurs was founded in 1991 to foster the development of the entrepreneurial spirit, and to recognize the myriad contributions of area entrepreneurs.

The Society of Entrepreneurs’ membership comprises Mid-South business owners, presidents and other key executives. Members are chosen annually by their peers, and must be mature (not emerging) entrepreneurs who have exhibited personal business achievement, creativity, determination, integrity, leadership, self-direction and the ability to transform a vision into a dynamic business accomplishment.

The organization’s purpose is to promote the general welfare of the community, contribute to the public good, and foster education. The Society of Entrepreneurs supports the creation, development, and implementation of programs that encourage the efforts of entrepreneurs in businesses, and in local, national and international communities.

 

Society of Entrepreneurs Programs

Our programs are designed to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit, and to recognize the historical significance of entrepreneurs in developing a strong community. To the highest extent possible, these programs help ensure an economic climate exists in this country that allows the development of entrepreneurial enterprises.
Programs include:

Entrepreneurs Roundtable – Designed to bring together the community’s emerging business owners and entrepreneurs for open discussions and informative talks by influential business and civic leaders. Roundtable members are all Memphis business owners, and once invited, they may attend the monthly Roundtable meetings as their schedules allow. Meetings are held at various locations throughout the city of Memphis.

Insight Groups – Membership comprises members of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable who are chosen to participate in small group meetings. The groups meet once a month, in a confidential, closed meeting, and openly discuss the rewards, obstacles and challenges of business ownership.  The members pay an annual fee of $800 (which covers meals and administrative costs for the year), and monthly attendance is required.

For additional information on the Entrepreneurs Roundtable or the Insight Groups, contact Pearson Crutcher, Executive Director at 901-299-9589.

Current Officers

R.E. Linkous

R.E. Linkous

President

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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson

President Elect

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Rudi Scheidt

Rudi Scheidt

Secretary-Treasurer

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Walker S. Uhlhorn

Walker S. Uhlhorn

Founder / President Emeritus

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Board of Directors

David Andrews

David Andrews

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Dick Gadomski

Dick Gadomski

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Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

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Rudi Scheidt

Rudi Scheidt

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Denise Burnett

Denise Burnett

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Daphne Large

Daphne Large

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G. Scott Morris

G. Scott Morris

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Art Seessel

Art Seessel

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Phil Coop

Phil Coop

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R.E. Linkous

R.E. Linkous

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Billy Orgel

Billy Orgel

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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson

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Bill Courtney

Bill Courtney

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Jay Martin

Jay Martin

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Dan Poag

Dan Poag

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Past Presidents

Over the years the Society of Entrepreneurs has served the region by recognizing entreprenurial spirit. Meet some of the people who have served as President.

Founding Members

The story of the Society of Entrepreneurs begins here, with our founding Members. They are the guiding wisdom that started the Society of Entreprenuers.