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10 To Watch: Highwoods Properties [INFOGRAPHIC]

Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

Highwoods Properties

Leasing, management and development company Highwoods Properties is no stranger to the spotlight. Along with a myriad of notable properties, the company developed Triad Centre III, the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold-Certified office building in Memphis. Now, Vice President and Memphis Division Manager Steve Guinn has more exciting projects in the works, namely two high-end restaurants – Seasons 52 and The Capital Grille – on the grounds of the Crescent Center and a fourth tower for International Paper. The new developments aside, Guinn says 2014 will be a landmark year for other reasons. “This year, Highwoods will be 20 years old as a public company. We started with $250 million total market capitalization. Today that number is $5.5 billion.” He said he’s always optimistic about what the future holds, particularly in Memphis. “We constantly have our eyes open for ways to grow our business. Memphis has always been a good, steady growth market for us.”

-- Erinn Figg

Memphis Crossroads Magazine is a quarterly periodical published by the Greater Memphis Chamber. The full-color print publication is distributed four times annually, mailed to over 6,000 member subscribers, and available online for free. Read the latest edition of Memphis Crossroads Magazine anytime online with the digital edition.

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