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William G. Mays

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Do It Right The First Time.

Birthplace

Born:
12/4/1945
Birth Location:
Evansville, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Do It Right The First Time.

Birthplace

Born:
12/4/1945
Birth Location:
Evansville
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Biography

The son of two schoolteachers, William G. Mays was born in Evansville, Indiana on December 4th, 1945. Mays graduated from Evansville Lincoln High School in 1963 and then went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, where he majored in Chemistry. In 1970, William Mays was offered a Consortium Fellowship for advanced studies. He accepted the award and applied it to
graduate studies in Marketing and Finance at Indiana University, from which he received an M.B.A. in 1973.

After graduating Mays worked at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, for four years where he served as Assistant to the President. Mays was then offered the opportunity to be President of Specialty Chemicals, a small distribution company in Indianapolis. During his three years as President, he increased the company's sales from $300,000 to over $5 million. William Mays left Specialty Chemicals in 1980 and became an entrepreneur after founding his own business, Mays Chemical Company. Mays Chemical Company, Inc., which specializes in providing chemical products to the food, pharmaceutical and automotive industries, began in 1980 as a one-person operation. Mr. Mays processed and filled each order himself. Over the years, however, the company has grown to include facilities in Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati. Mays Chemical Company has won numerous awards for excellence.

William Mays also owns The Indianapolis Recorder and is the former majority owner of the Hoosier Radio and Television Properties, which include WAV-TV53, HOT 96.3 FM, WGGR 106.7 FM and WIRE. He has significant interests in several other small businesses, including a property management firm, several golf courses and construction companies. In 1995, William Mays
enjoyed, the exceptional honor of carrying the Olympic flame through Indianapolis.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William G. Mays' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William G. Mays lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William G. Mays talks about his family's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William G. Mays describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William G. Mays describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about growing up in Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William G. Mays describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William G. Mays describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William G. Mays talks about his brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William G. Mays describes what influenced him as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William G. Mays remembers trying to fit in as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - William G. Mays talks about his father's education and love of chemistry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - William G. Mays describes himself as a student
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - William G. Mays describes the impact of his father's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - William G. Mays talks about what inspired him to pursue chemistry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William G. Mays describes how his father's death made him more disciplined
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and reflects upon the significance of Black Greek Letter Organizations pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William G. Mays talks about pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and reflects upon the significance of Black Greek Letter Organizations pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his successful marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about getting married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William G. Mays describes working as a test chemist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about working for Procter and Gamble
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William G. Mays describes how Procter and Gamble dealt with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William G. Mays reflects upon the skills he developed as a salesperson for Procter and Gamble
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William G. Mays talks about leaving Procter and Gamble to attend business school at Indiana University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - William G. Mays describes attending business school at Indiana University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - William G. Mays talks about wanting to work for Cummins Engine Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - William G. Mays describes the influence of J. Irwin Miller, former President of Cummins Engine Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about building a network of black professionals at Cummins Engine Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about building a network of black professionals at Cummins Engine Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes his growth within Cummins Engine Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about being hired as President of Specialty Chemicals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William G. Mays talks about developing the skillset to run Specialty Chemicals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about his resignation as President of Specialty Chemicals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about founding Mays Chemical Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about the growth and success of Mays Chemical Company pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William G. Mays talks about the growth and success of Mays Chemical Company pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William G. Mays describes the support he received in founding Mays Chemical Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William G. Mays describes how his professional network aided the growth of Mays Chemical Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's staff during the early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about his entrepreneurial philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes how a 1983 Wall Street Journal article contributed to the growth of Mays Chemical Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's most significant milestones
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William G. Mays talks about the positives and negatives of purchasing other companies in the chemical distribution industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about the state of minorities in the chemical distribution industry and minority-owned businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's standing in corporate America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about the evolution of black entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William G. Mays considers the future of minorities in business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William G. Mays talks about DreamMakers and the Black Enterprise 100
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William G. Mays talks about entrepreneurs he admires
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - William G. Mays talks about the concept of black businesses "selling out"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - William G. Mays considers institutions, programs, and values that will contribute to a positive future for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - William G. Mays talks about his investment ventures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - William G. Mays talks about building trust in the business industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about his investments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about his philanthropy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes Mays Chemical Company's commitment to giving everyone a chance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about the importance of minority economic development in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his business philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William G. Mays describes how his chemistry background contributed to his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about his father and his future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about his legacy and the future of black entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William G. Mays narrates his photographs pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William G. Mays narrates his photographs pt. 2