James Wesley Gibson, II, commonly known as J.W., is a native Memphian. His early childhood was spent in the Dixie Homes housing development. He attended Memphis City Schools and upon graduation entered the U.S. Navy. J.W. later enrolled at Christian Brothers University where he began his matriculation in business management. He not only operates his business daily, but is also actively involved in other professional organizations and in the community. Some of his involvements include:
National Minority Medical Supply Association - Served as President of this minority business advocacy group representing companies across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Minority Input Committee - Served as Chairman of this advisory group to the Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC), which is comprised of local minority business presidents.
Healthcare Providers Focus Group - Conducted by J.W., this was designed to assist major hospitals in developing plans for increased spending with small businesses.
Partnership Program - A program of the MMBC to create mentor relationships between small and large businesses; and to foster development of personal relationships between the CEO's of both.
Civic Background - J.W. has been known to say, “I'm bullish on Memphis”. Early in life, he developed a dedication to Memphis and its citizens. His humble beginnings helped to shape a man with genuine concerns for all people and their well being. He recognized that Memphis is a fantastic city where good people can accomplish great things. J.W. knows this reality comes from long hours of concentrated efforts by dedicated persons with deliberate goals to improve the lot in life for all citizens. He generously gives of his resources in working with many social and civic agencies and is actively involved as indicated:
CEO, Gibson Companies
Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Venture Fund Committee, United Way of Mid-South
Fund Allocation Subcommittee Member,
Board of Directors, Community Redevelopment Agency
Board of Directors, Community Service Agency
Board of Directors, New Ballet Ensemble
Board of Directors, Leadership Memphis
Board of Directors, Liberty Bowl
Prayer service member, Mt. Veron Baptist Church Westwood
President, Westwood Manor Association
President, National Minority Medical Supply Association
Chairman, Minority Input Committee,
Chairman, Board of Directors, Memphis In May
Committee Member, City of Memphis Emergency Funds
Board Member, Christ Community Health Science
Board Member, Shelby County Education Foundation
State Energy Board Member, Governor's Appointment