Sunday, December 4, 2005
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: J.L. "Marty" Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of real estate development firm Kennedy Capital Group.
Tenure: A 37-year veteran of real estate. Former founder and managing partner of Gwinnett Partners LLC, which has developed numerous projects across the county.
On the nightstand: "How to Think Like a Billionaire" by Donald Trump.
Rooting interest: Georgia Bulldogs
Downtime: "I enjoy movies and concerts as a way to take my mind off the day-to-day pressure of our business."
Mentor: "My father, Carl Kennedy, who taught me more about the game of life and how it is played then anyone I have ever met. He was definitely a graduate of the school of hard knocks. Also, Wayne Mason, he has one of the most brilliant minds for business I have ever known."
Risk and reward: "The greatest risk I have ever taken was leaving a billion-dollar company (Eagle Bancshares, the real estate arm of Tucker Federal) and starting Gwinnett Partners with a desk, chair and a phone. The rewards have already been beyond my wildest dreams."
Top trend: "The real estate business has become so high tech. It is hard to keep up with the ever-changing trends in the technology world. But if you don't you will be left behind."
Recipe for success: "You are only as successful as to how accessible you are. Accessibility is the key to success-in any business, especially real estate."