Business for Breakfast: Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, May 9th
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Fort Worth Club - Top of the Town Room
306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
Fort Worth Business Press invites you to come join us for breakfast with local entrepreneurs as they discuss their experience navigating the challenge of starting a business in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable information from our expert panel. Find out how these entrepreneurs have reaped the successes of owning their own businesses.
Reggi Kemp, Kemp and Sons General Services
Reginalea (Reggi) Sturns-Kemp is chief executive officer for Kemp and Sons General Services, an award-winning environmental cleaning company. As CEO, Reggi manages and operates KSGS, which was launched in 1972 by her father-in-law with a $10 investment. A company that she runs with her husband, Larry Kemp.
Under her leadership, Kemp and Sons General Services focuses on making critical investments in technology, implementation of standard operating procedures, evaluation of best practices as it relates to services, training and equipment, with an emphasis on strategic on-boarding. As the company continues to position itself as a trusted provider and influencer within the environmental cleaning industry. Reggi is aggressively pursuing contracts with the federal government, health care institutions and transportation authorities.
In addition to running KSGS, Reggi and her husband have co-founded several new business ventures. Kemp Executive Coaching, for example, provides training to entrepreneurs in different markets, and Kemp Leadership Academy connects youth from underserved communities to entrepreneurs and business leaders. She is also active in women business issues, economic development and teaches business etiquette to youth.
Reggi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Science in Interior Architecture from The University of Oklahoma.
Justin Anderson, WOATS
Justin Anderson is a practicing English Major, native Texan and the Millennial founder and inventor of WOATS, the snack brand that is leading innovations within the premium healthy indulgence megatrend. In February 2018, Justin founded SquadCheersUSA and within one week raised enough capital via a parody commercial he filmed to cheer on Team USA at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
WOATS Oatsnack is the Ben & Jerry’s of granola, with chunks of indulgence like chocolate vanilla cream sandwich cookies, toffee covered peanuts, shortbread and praline pecans. You can find WOATS in thousands of retail locations nationwide including Walmart, CVS, HEB Central Market, Kroger, Eatzi's, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Follett College Bookstores and globally at the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange.
George Wood, Greenwood Office Outfitters
Being an entrepreneur was inevitable for George. His father owned his owned business as have all of his 3 older brothers.
George has been in the office products industry since birth. His father owned a wholesale office supply company and George and his brothers were unloading boxcars at an early age.
CR Wood, George’s father sold his 12 wholesale office products locations and George moved on. His fascination with movies and the invention of the VCR got him into the video store business. He started in 1979 and had 9 stores by the time they sold in 1987.
George got back into the office products industry in 1988 with Anderson Desk and helped them grow their business with big box stores until 1996.
George started at Greenwood in 1996 in sales and moved into managing the day- to -day operations in 2013. He began the shift in direction from solely traditional office supplies to include break-room and janitorial solution supplies, printing and promotional products.
In February of 2017, George bought 50% of the company and is managing all aspects of the office supply business today with his brother Bob owning the other 50%.
With George’s direction, they acquired Buffalo Business Products in October of 2017 giving Greenwood the largest footprint of any independent office products dealership in the Southwest. He is always looking for new opportunities and acquistions that will help strategically grow the company.
George keeps his hand on the pulse of the industry by serving:
George Wood Industry affiliations
Vice Chairman Board of Directors for Tri Mega (largest buying group in US) s
Chairman of Dealer Supplier Cooperative (Super group of 36 inside of Tri Mega accounting for 60% of Tri Mega’s purchases of the US largest Office Supply Dealer)
Dealer Advisory Council for Acco Corporation
Dealer Advisory Board for Essendant Corporation
Dealer Advisory Board for Fellows Coporation
More panelist information coming soon!