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James Hill, Jr.

Accountant James Hill, Jr. was born in Baltimore on August 20, 1941, to Joyce and James Hill, Sr. Hill graduated from Central State University with a B.S. in accounting in 1964, and received his M.B.A. in personnel administration and accounting in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He is CPA-licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

In 1964, Hill began his career as a cost accountant for Union Carbide in New York, where he stayed for one year. After receiving his M.B.A., he began working as a Chicago staff auditor for Alexander Grant & Company. Between 1968 and 1970, Hill worked as the deputy director of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation. In February 1972, he founded his own accounting firm. In 1975 he took on a partner to become Hill, Taylor, Certified Public Accountants where he presides today as chairman and CEO.

Hill has received numerous awards and honors for both his professional and community work. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Black Association of Accountants and the National Black MBA Association. He is a board member of various community and nonprofit organizations, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Better Government Association, Citizen Information Service, the Chicago Commons Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Chicago Economic Advisory Committee. He is also a council member to the graduate business schools at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Hill married Sheree in 1995. He is father to two adult sons, James III and Brian.

Hill was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 5, 2003.

Accession Number

A2003.007

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/15/2003

Last Name

Hill

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

Dunbar High School

Central State University

University of Chicago

First Name

James

Birth City, State, Country

Baltimore

HM ID

HIL03

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Maryland

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bermuda

Favorite Quote

Begin Today To Mold The You of Tomorrow.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Interview Description
Birth Date

8/20/1941

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fish, Vegetables

Short Description

Business chief executive James Hill, Jr. (1941 - ) owned the accounting firm, Hill, Taylor, Certified Public Accountants.

Employment

Union Carbide Corporation

Alexander Grant & Company

Chicago Economic Development Corporation

Hill, Taylor Certified Public Accountants

Favorite Color

Green

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76786">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Hill's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76787">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Hill lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76788">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Hill describes his family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76789">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about his father, James Hill, Sr.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76790">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Hill describes his mother, Joyce Lee Hill</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76791">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Hill talks about how his parents met and his siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76792">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Hill describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76793">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Hill describes his interest in sports as a boy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76794">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Hill talks about his elementary school experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76795">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Hill remembers attending Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76796">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Hill recalls his high school activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76797">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Hill talks about his post-high school plans</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76424">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Hill talks about deciding to attend Central State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76425">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Hill describes attending Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76426">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Hill describes his professors and the president of Central State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76427">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about pledging the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Central State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76428">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Hill talks about majoring in accounting at Central State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76429">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Hill describes the Civil Rights Movement</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76430">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Hill remembers his first accounting job at Union Carbide in Niagara Falls, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76431">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Hill describes Niagara Falls, New York in 1964</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76432">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Hill talks about getting his MBA from the University of Chicago</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76624">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Hill talks about his reasons for taking a job at a CPA firm in Chicago, Illinois</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76625">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Hill talks about his divorce and children</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76626">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Hill remembers working for Graham Thornton and the Chicago Economic Development Corporation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76627">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Hill recalls briefly entering the car wash business in 1970</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76628">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Hill describes starting his own accounting firm in 1972</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76629">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Hill describes his accounting firm's specialty areas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76630">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Hill describes the highlights of his accounting career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76631">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Hill talks about his accounting work with nonprofits</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76632">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Hill gives advice to young people who are interested in accounting</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76633">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Hill shares his view on the Arthur Andersen scandal</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76634">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - James Hill describes his hopes and concerns for the black community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76635">Tape: 3 Story: 12 - James Hill talks about his volunteer activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76445">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Hill describes the technological changes in accounting since the 1960s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76446">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Hill talks about ethics in accounting</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76447">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Hill reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76448">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about his father's pride in his success</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76449">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Hill describes how he would like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76450">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Hill talks about the future of his accounting firm</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76451">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Hill talks about the key to business success</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76452">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Hill reflects upon his skills</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76453">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Hill describes how small nonprofits do not understand accounting</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76454">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - James Hill talks about his business partner, Kenneth Yu</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76455">Tape: 4 Story: 11 - James Hill describes ABLE, Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/76456">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Hill narrates his photographs</a>

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James Hill remembers working for Graham Thornton and the Chicago Economic Development Corporation
James Hill describes the highlights of his accounting career
Transcript
So who did you get hired by after you got your certification?$$After I got--I wasn't certified. What happened after I got my MBA, I got accepted to Graham Thornton. I had done an internship with them, they were called Alexander Graham at the time and they hired me as an intern. I was the first black to work for them also in the history of their company. And so I worked for them and then after I got--after I finished school, I went to work for them full time. So that's how I gained my experience. I still have an excellent relationship with them even today as we speak.$$Now this takes us--where are we now in terms of time?$$We're in 1967, that's when I graduated and that's when I started to work for them. So I worked for them for a couple of years and then I got an opportunity I couldn't refuse. I went to work for Chicago Economic Development Corporation and they made me a job offer I couldn't refuse because at the time they were going to make me the number two person, I was very young then. I was like twenty five/twenty six. They had about twenty five people that I was going to be in charge of and they were a nonprofit organization so they were totally out of accounting. I still had not gotten my CPA [Certified Public Accountant] at that point in time but I had the experience now. I could take the exam but you still had to have the experience in those days. So I had the experience but once you had a Master's degree that gave you years of experience automatically. In the state of Illinois, I think you only needed one year's experience or that Master equivalent so I had that. So I was able to take it or it might have been two years because I had the extra year. But anyway I went to work for Union Carbide-I mean, I'm sorry, I went to work for Chicago Economic Development Corporation. I was there number two man there and so I stayed there until 1970. The reason why I left because the person that was my boss whose name was Garland Guice who is deceased now. He was a young man, he was only about five/six years older than me so I had nowhere to go. I mean being the number two man is fine if you are older, if that happened today and I was the number two man, I probably would stay on longer. But when you're twenty five/twenty six years old and you're the number two man, you don't have no place to go so if you've got ambition then you want to do something else. But by then I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to go back into a corporation, so.$What are the--looking back on this, what are--I don't know much about accounting but what are the highlights of a career as an accountant? Are there some memorable--(simultaneous) (unclear)?$$I think some of the highlights of being able to be a trailblazer. We've been a trailblazer for the state, we were the first minority firm to do state auditing and that has open the door for other minority firms to do state auditing. We were the first minority firm to do any work for corporations here in this state, that's opened the door for other minority firms to do it. I was the first black to work for Union Carbide as a cost accountant or as an accountant, I'm sure they've got other blacks now in their accounting departments worldwide. I was the first to work for Graham Thornton, again that's open the door for other blacks to work there as accountants. So these have been some highlights in my career that I think, that's been good. I'm also very--I've been very involved in the profession. I was on the state board of directors of the Illinois CPA Society. I served on that board for three years. I was also on the state board of accountancy, I was appointed by Governor [James R.] Thompson on the state board of accountancy. I served five years on that, I believe. I've been on committees with the American Institute of CPAs, so I've been on two or three committees with them. So I've been very involved there. I headed the task force for the State of Illinois to deal with whether or not we should do quality review and quality review means that we get audited. So we did a study on that to determine whether or not the State of Illinois wanted to have quality review which they did do--a peer review we call it. So those are some of the highlights that we've had and also the fact that we've maintained a very good reputation over the years. People know us, people know our firm, they know what we do. If you talk to anybody about accounting, not just being a minority CPA, we're noted now as being a good CPA firm. You know, years ago you try to sell it based on minority but we don't try and sell it on that now. We try to sell it on our experience and what we do and what we do best and that's how we do. We can compete favorably with anybody our size and our size standards on what we do. So that's how, what we look at.

William G. Mays

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.

Mays passed away on December 4, 2014.

Accession Number

A2000.030

Sex

Male

Archival Photo 1
Interview Date

7/10/2000

Last Name

Mays

Maker Category
Middle Name

G.

Schools

Lincoln High School

Evansville Central High School

Indiana University

Archival Photo 2
First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Evansville

HM ID

MAY02

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Indiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean

Favorite Quote

Do It Right The First Time.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Indiana

Interview Description
Birth Date

12/4/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Indianapolis

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Salmon

Death Date

12/4/2014

Short Description

Corporate chief executive William G. Mays (1945 - 2014 ) was the founder of Mays Chemical Company, which specialized in providing chemical products to the food, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. Mays Chemical Company began as a one man operation but grew to include facilities in Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati. Mays also owned The Indianapolis Recorder and was the former majority owner of the Hoosier Radio and Television Properties.

Employment

Cummins Engine Company

Specialty Chemicals

Mays Chemical Company

Favorite Color

Black

Timing Pairs
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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624568">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William G. Mays' interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624569">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William G. Mays lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624570">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William G. Mays talks about his family's educational background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624571">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William G. Mays describes his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624572">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624573">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William G. Mays describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624574">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about growing up in Evansville, Indiana</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624575">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William G. Mays describes his earliest childhood memories</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624576">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William G. Mays describes his childhood personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624577">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William G. Mays talks about his brothers</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624578">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William G. Mays describes what influenced him as a youth</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624579">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William G. Mays remembers trying to fit in as a youth</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624580">Tape: 1 Story: 13 - William G. Mays talks about his father's education and love of chemistry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624581">Tape: 1 Story: 14 - William G. Mays describes himself as a student</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624582">Tape: 1 Story: 15 - William G. Mays describes the impact of his father's death</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624583">Tape: 1 Story: 16 - William G. Mays talks about what inspired him to pursue chemistry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624584">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William G. Mays describes how his father's death made him more disciplined</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624585">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</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624586">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</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624587">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about meeting his wife</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624588">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his successful marriage</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624589">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about getting married</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624590">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William G. Mays describes working as a test chemist</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624591">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about working for Procter and Gamble</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624592">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William G. Mays describes how Procter and Gamble dealt with racism</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624593">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William G. Mays reflects upon the skills he developed as a salesperson for Procter and Gamble</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624594">Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William G. Mays talks about leaving Procter and Gamble to attend business school at Indiana University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624595">Tape: 2 Story: 12 - William G. Mays describes attending business school at Indiana University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624596">Tape: 2 Story: 13 - William G. Mays talks about wanting to work for Cummins Engine Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624597">Tape: 2 Story: 14 - William G. Mays describes the influence of J. Irwin Miller, former President of Cummins Engine Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624598">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about building a network of black professionals at Cummins Engine Company, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624599">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about building a network of black professionals at Cummins Engine Company, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624600">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes his growth within Cummins Engine Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624601">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about being hired as President of Specialty Chemicals</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624602">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William G. Mays talks about developing the skillset to run Specialty Chemicals</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624603">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about his resignation as President of Specialty Chemicals</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624604">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about founding Mays Chemical Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624605">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about the growth and success of Mays Chemical Company pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624606">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William G. Mays talks about the growth and success of Mays Chemical Company pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624607">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William G. Mays describes the support he received in founding Mays Chemical Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624608">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William G. Mays describes how his professional network aided the growth of Mays Chemical Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624609">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's staff during the early 1980s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624610">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about his entrepreneurial philosophy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624611">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes how a 1983 Wall Street Journal article contributed to the growth of Mays Chemical Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624612">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's most significant milestones</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624613">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William G. Mays talks about the positives and negatives of purchasing other companies in the chemical distribution industry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624614">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William G. Mays talks about the state of minorities in the chemical distribution industry and minority-owned businesses</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624615">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about Mays Chemical Company's standing in corporate America</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624616">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about the evolution of black entrepreneurs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624617">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William G. Mays considers the future of minorities in business</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624618">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William G. Mays talks about DreamMakers and the Black Enterprise 100</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624619">Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William G. Mays talks about entrepreneurs he admires</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624620">Tape: 4 Story: 12 - William G. Mays talks about the concept of black businesses "selling out"</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624621">Tape: 4 Story: 13 - William G. Mays considers institutions, programs, and values that will contribute to a positive future for the black community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624622">Tape: 4 Story: 14 - William G. Mays talks about his investment ventures</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624623">Tape: 4 Story: 15 - William G. Mays talks about building trust in the business industry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624624">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William G. Mays talks about his investments</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624625">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William G. Mays talks about his philanthropy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624626">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William G. Mays describes Mays Chemical Company's commitment to giving everyone a chance</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624627">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William G. Mays talks about the importance of minority economic development in America</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624628">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William G. Mays describes his business philosophy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624629">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William G. Mays describes how his chemistry background contributed to his success</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624630">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William G. Mays talks about his father and his future</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624631">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William G. Mays talks about his legacy and the future of black entrepreneurs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624632">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William G. Mays narrates his photographs pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/624633">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William G. Mays narrates his photographs pt. 2</a>

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William G. Mays talks about pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and reflects upon the significance of Black Greek Letter Organizations pt. 2
William G. Mays describes how a 1983 Wall Street Journal article contributed to the growth of Mays Chemical Company
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I think the, the feeling of belonging is, is very important. And being part of a group, part of an organization, having some place to retreat to from the hostilities. And that's the way I would say it of, of campus life. The fact that so many of the organizations on a campus like Indiana University [Bloomington, Indiana] were white organizations. They had no, no particular interest in black culture or black history or black exposures. The dancing was different, everything was different. So I think that's why you end up leaning toward an organization like that. Now Kappas specifically, my dad had always wanted to, to be--and he felt that was one of the, the--was the best fraternity. And so that certainly was an influence. I think that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity had a house. It was founded at Indiana University, and that was significant to me. I looked at the people that were in the fraternity and they were more like me, I guess is the way to say it. As a matter of fact, I mean if you look at the--at that time the three of the, the base fraternities, you had the Omegas [Omega Psi Phi Fraternity], and you had Alphas [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity] and you had Kappas. And the Alphas were more the high strung intellectual types in more ways than one, and the Ques were more of the doggie type, athletic perhaps, and Kappas were kind of in between. They had intellectual capacity, they played sports, but they weren't extremes. And I guess those were the--if you look at Ques and Alphas, they tended to be extreme, at least as far as my exposure at Indiana.$The article came about in 1983 and it was talking about Chemical Investors and this guy, Zengraft, Jerry Zengraft and the shyster nature of what he was dealing with, and this, remember this was before the collapse of, of that company. But again, even the news media was picking up on it. So this reporter was in town from New York to talk about Chemical Investors. But along the way he was fascinated when he talked to me and said well I'd like to come back and do a story on just you. So he wrote an article about growing too fast. And--cause we had grown really quite, quite handedly as I indicated from zero to nine million dollars in that three year period. And so he talked about the dangers of growing. And that was published in the Small Business Section of the Wall Street Journal in August of 1983. John Thompson was working for McKenzie and Company in New York at the time, and saw that article and wrote me. And wanted to, to come to work for, for Mays Chemical. And I said why would--one, I can't afford you. An MBA from Columbia working for McKenzie, the premier consulting, you know, New York City, you know that didn't even, that didn't even make any sense. But he persisted and said yeah, he said well we ought to talk about it he says, because I really want to get to the Midwest, I really wanna get my family out of New York. And Midwest is a place that I--and I know the chemical industry, I've studied it at McKenzie, and I could really do a, an excellent job. So that was probably I guess in November of '83 [1983], and John Thompson came on board in early '84 [1984]. And so he's still with us. So surrounding yourself with, with good people and, and young people, cause I'm one of the older people in the company. I think that there may be, may be as many as ten percent of the company that's 50 or above, certainly 55. So I think that that bodes very well for the, for the company too.