The Work + Faith Online Speaker Series: Kemmons “Kem” Wilson III

Kemmons “Kem” Wilson III joins us September 9 for the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. For this series, our CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, while making it a priority to ensure their leadership style, operational models, products and services reflect their intent to reflect Christ-centered lives while also empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to hear from Kem, as his leadership is an inspiration to many.

A Family Business

Kem Wilson joined Kemmons Wilson Companies (KWC) in 2005. He is a principal of the firm focusing primarily on private equity initiatives and hospitality-related opportunities. For many years at KWC, Kem’s primary focus was on the marketable securities portfolios for Wilson family members and various Wilson-related corporate/charitable entities. As a partner in the management of the KWHP Fund, Kem applies his 15+ years of investment experience.

Kem proudly carries on his family’s legacy of innovation and marketplace disruption. In 1951 after a family vacation, his grandfather Kemmons came home determined to build a hotel brand where people would be treated like family with friendly, caring service in a comfortable, clean and welcoming environment. One year later, Holiday Inn was born.

Risk Taker

Married and a father of four, Kem keeps active and enjoys all things outdoors. His friends and family might call him an adrenaline junkie. He has participated in a range of extreme activities from skydiving to backcountry skiing to running with the bulls in Pamplona.

Kem’s education includes a BA in Business Administration from Furman University, an MMH (Master of Management in Hospitality) from Cornell University, and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

To attend this free online event, please register here. We look forward to seeing you virtually on September 9 at 9AM CST as we hear from Kem. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and instructions to the live Zoom interview. If you do not receive your link, please email