CEO of the Year Finalists | 200-1000 Employees
MBQ CEO of the Year 2013
Name: Preston Lamm
Company: River City Management Group
Address: 168 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Services Provided: Restaurant management and consulting
Number of employees: 250
How Long with Company: Since the beginning.
Education: B.S., Accounting, Mississippi State University
Accomplishments: Has operated Rum Boogie Cafe since 1985, Kings Palace Cafe since 1989, Pig on Beale since 1998, Mesquite Chop House since 2006, and Spindini since 2009. Since its founding, River City Management has as much to do with the shape of today’s Beale Street as any company.
Professional Awards: Received Pioneer Award from the Memphis Restaurant Association in 2004; received the Center City Commission Vision Award in 2005; Rum Boogie named Blues Club of Year (worldwide) by The Blues Foundation in 2007.
Professional Certifications/Memberships: Certified Public Accountant since 1971. President of the Beale Street Merchants Association for 12 years and Treasurer for 10 years.
Civic Responsibilities/Causes: Founder, Memphis Musicians Health Care Plan; major contributor to the Palmer Home for Children, Porter-Leath, and the Community Foundation of North Mississippi.
Family/Personal Information: Married to Michelle, with two sons, Carson and Preston Jr.
What makes a good CEO: “Hard work and thinking every day how you can make the company better than the day before.”
Name: Richard “Dick” Sweebe
Company: Diamond Companies
Address: 1940 E. Brooks Road, Memphis, TN 38116
Services provided: Full-service commercial truck dealer, selling new International, Isuzu, and Crane Carrier trucks and all makes of used trucks; provides parts, service, and body-shop services. Operates more than 700 full-service lease and rental trucks through its affiliation with Idealease.
Number of employees: 725
How Long with the Company: Since the beginning.
Education: B.A., Business, Adrian College in Michigan
Accomplishements: Diamond Companies is the holding company for Diamond International, Diamond Idealease, and Diamond State Bus Company and has 16 locations across four states. Diamond is one of the largest International parts dealers in the U.S., with more than $8 million in inventory, and the company dominates the armored car business.
Notable Clients: FedEx, Tyson Foods, Brinks Security, Intermodal Cartage, International Paper, and City of Memphis
Professional awards: Named American Truck Dealer of the Year in 2009; received International Trucks’ highest award more than 20 times and Isuzu’s top award 10 times.
Family/personal information: Married to Bobbi Jo for 40 years. Children: Andrew, 30, and Mary, 27, and two grandchildren.
What makes a good CEO: “Surrounding yourself with good people, listening to those people, and then making decisions based on common sense and good business principles.”