James Wesley Gibson II, affectionately known as JW is a native Memphian, proud father and husband, respected businessman, and with your support the next mayor of our beloved city of Memphis. JW was born and raised in the heart of Memphis, spending much of his early years living in the Dixie Homes Housing Development. JW attended Memphis City Schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon graduating from high school, JW then went on to Christian Brothers University to study business.
JW’s adoration for the City of Memphis started when he was a young boy, with his humble beginnings helping to shape a man with genuine concerns for all people, with first hand experience with many of those concerns.
In 1991, JW began the operation of The Premier Group, a medical supply distribution business. During the 1990’s, JW started his involvement in real estate with the formation of Southeast Regional Development Corporation (SRDC). The mission of SRDC is to create opportunities promoting upward mobility and self-sufficiency for residents in urban areas through housing and development. In 2004, JW founded Tec-Print, LLC to provide a broad range of printing services. In 2014 JW launched Jaye Renee Entertainment and became owner of the New Daisy Theater in downtown Memphis.
In addition to having a sharp mind and keen business senses, JW also has a big heart when it comes to investing in his community. JW’s community investments include being Chairman of the Board of Trustees at LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis’ only Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Board of Directors for Rock N’ Roll Soul Museum, Board of Directors for Methodist Healthcare Foundation, Board Member for Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), Advisory Board Member for Iberiabank, Board of Governors for Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Board Member of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, Board of Commissioners for Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Board Member for Memphis Music Foundation, Board Member for New Ballet Ensemble, Board Member of United Way, Annual Campaign Chairman for United Way, Chaired the Memphis and Shelby County 3.0 Strategic Planning Committee, and was President of the 2004 Memphis in May Festival.
"My life’s work and commitment to the community has prepared me to be your next Memphis Mayor."
- JW Gibson
JW’s other civic involvement includes being named 2014 CEO of the Year and Power 100 in 2022 and 2023 by the Memphis Business Journal, Shelby County Commissioner 2006-2010, Transition Team Member for 2010 Shelby County Mayor, and Advisor to 2010 Tennessee Governor.
JW has been known to say, “I’m bullish on Memphis.” He honors all that Memphis has done nationally and across the world, but also knows that there is so much more for Memphis to do. JW knows the benefits of being dedicated to making a concerted effort with deliberate goals to give Memphis the progress it needs and deserves. JW Gibson is ready to bring a New Tune for Memphis.