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10 To Watch: Memphis College of Art [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.

Memphis College of Art

When President Ron Jones joined Memphis College of Art two years ago, the future wasn’t so bright. “We were close to closing and we were in deep debt with no plan to get out of it. I knew we were going to have to roll up our sleeves and make some changes.” And so he did. Thanks to Jones’ leadership abilities and the hard work of his team, MCA had record freshman class enrollment numbers in 2013. He also has introduced a fresh business focus to the college. “We’re devoting a lot of our energy on developing careers,” he said. “Basically anything that’s taught in a business school, we’re presenting in some form to our students.” What can people expect from MCA in 2014? “We’ll be doing even better,” Jones said. “And we’ll continue to give our students the tools they need to succeed and help them be the very best artists they can be.”

-- 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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