Our History

Kemmons Wilson Old Photo with sign, popcornAlthough best known as the founder of Holiday Inn, Kemmons Wilson was first a homebuilder. In 1933, at age 20, he built his first home in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kemmons Wilson had a flair for understanding his customers and building distinctive communities to fit their lifestyles, a flair that Mr. Wilson’s three sons also shared. His sons started their first “empty-nester” ranch-style community in 2002 in Collierville, Tennessee; it was an immediate success. The Wilsons understood the need for a convenient location close to employment centers, retail, churches and recreation, but they also knew their customers were looking for a lifestyle that included privacy, maintenance-free ownership, no stairs, quality construction and a real community atmosphere.

It's been over 80 years since he built that first house, and in that time, Mr. Wilson, his three sons, and now a third generation of Wilsons have led the Kemmons Wilson Companies into a wide variety of additional businesses, including hotels, time share, insurance, real estate, fixed base operations (Wilson Air Centers), and private investments.

Through all those years, the Wilsons' commitment to high-quality homebuilding has been–and continues to be–constant.

“There is nothing more exciting in the world than to create something, to dig a foundation, to build a building on it.”

–Kemmons Wilson


To honor and advance the quality homebuilding legacy of Kemmons Wilson while enriching the lives of all those who interact with us and the communities in which we live and work.

Core Values


We hold ourselves to high standards in everything we do and constantly seek to improve ourselves, personally and professionally, while having fun along way.


We strive to earn trust by doing the right thing and being accountable for our actions.


We are proud of our work yet remain grounded as we know many people are responsible for our success.


We regard and appreciate each individual’s talents, differing perspectives and abilities to contribute.


We encourage a culture of servant leadership and attend to all who cross our paths.


We make wise choices, always keeping in mind the best interests of our stakeholders.

Every Kemmons Wilson development springs from a philosophy of building strong and lasting customer relationships. Come and see for yourself why our distinctive communities are built to fit your lifestyle.