Robert E. Loeb

Robert E. Loeb

Loeb Properties President Bob Loeb is a fourth-generation Memphian and President of Loeb Properties. He is the visionary behind the revitalization of Overton Square, the thriving entertainment, dining and shopping district in Midtown Memphis. Giving this treasured landmark a new lease on life earned Bob 2014 Memphian of the Year by Memphis magazine. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Bob Loeb went into business with his brother, Lou. They originally opened a bar, called “London Transport,” which they sold after six months, turned a profit and opened another bar with the same name. The brothers operated that establishment and Loeb took real estate jobs during the day. He earned his M.B.A from SMU in 1985 and returned to Memphis to join the family business with his father and brother. In a profile in Memphis Magazine, Loeb describes joining his father’s business, “A lot of our time was spent managing operations that weren’t performing very well. So, we sold those off to tenants and found ourselves in real estate management, then in investment and development.” This evolution from a retailer to a real estate investment development and management business has helped make Memphis a better place to live. Loeb Properties, founded in 1887, is a commercial real estate investment, development, management, and brokerage company focusing on retail, multifamily, office, single-family and mixed-use properties. Its portfolio includes over 100 retail, office, and multi-tenant properties, along with multifamily, industrial, and single-family developments.  Loeb Properties currently has 31 employees. Bob chaired the Board of Trustees at Memphis University School and the $26.5 million “For Girls, For Life, For Generations” capital campaign at St....
Carolyn Chism Hardy

Carolyn Chism Hardy

Chism Hardy Investments President Carolyn Hardy is a serial entrepreneur and an amazing leader.  If leadership is best measured in times of adversity, Hardy’s finest hour to date may have been in 2005 when she and her staff were notified that the local Coors plant would be closed at the end of 2006. With morale understandably in the tank, Hardy gathered her 400 employees and delivered a new mission: win Coors’ prestigious Environmental Health and Safety Award. If the plant was to be closed, Hardy was determined her staff would go out on top. Accumulating points for safety, health, and waste controls, the Memphis plant indeed finished atop the Coors charts on December 31, 2005. Coors management called Hardy, flummoxed. They couldn’t announce that a plant they were closing was the most efficiently run. Hardy is the only Coors employee to receive a personalized (smaller) version of this trophy. This is the attitude Carolyn adopted when she bought that same brewery and founded Hardy Bottling Company. Hardy started Hardy Bottling in August 2006. Carolyn Hardy was majority owner in Hardy Bottling.  A 5% owner was a silent partner who was given the 5% for helping her secure the loan.  He did not contribute any cash.  First year sales were just over $1 million and exceeded $10 million annually by 2009. In May 2011, Carolyn sold the contract beverage manufacturing facility for $30 million dollars.  At the time of the sale, Hardy Bottling Company employed over 200 people. After selling Hardy Bottling in May 2011, she began her transloading business, Henderson Worldwide Investments. Henderson Worldwide Investments, LLC (DBA Henderson Transloading...

Holiday Happy Hour 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015 5:30-7:30 PM Paragon Bank Lobby- Fountain Place, 5400 Poplar Attendance is free, but please RSVP here: [Turn on JavaScript to see the email...

The Society of Entrepreneurs and Emerge Memphis present: The 7th Annual Core Conversations on Entrepreneurship

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 12:00 noon Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St. $25 per person   Have you ever wanted to sit down with a successful entrepreneur and ask them how they did it? Have you wondered what advice they might have for someone starting and or growing a business? Would you like to ask them about challenges they faced and how they overcame them? Then you do NOT want to miss your opportunity at the 7th Annual Core Conversations on Entrepreneurship! At Core Conversations you can have that very conversation with one entrepreneur over lunch and another while you enjoy dessert! In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Society of Entrepreneurs and Emerge Memphis are hosting this exciting Networking Event. The purpose of this event is to bring together entrepreneurs to have lunch together to discuss entrepreneurship in Memphis. Attendees will have the opportunity to have not 1 but 2 conversations over lunch! Your entrée and dessert will be at different tables each hosted by a member of The Society of Entrepreneurs. Purchase tickets...

The Role of Universities in Supporting Entrepreneurship in Modern Communities

August 20 FedEx Institute of Technology at The University of Memphis Noon Hosted by Society of Entrepreneurs Member Ben Bryant, and presented by Professor Jasbir Dhaliwal, Chief Innovation Officer, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Memphis $25 per person, includes lunch, reservations required. For reservations, please go...