Specializing in Business Consulting Within the Real Estate Industry, Construction Industry, Retail, C-Stores, and Gas Stations
Expert level expertise from start-up to large-scale expansion with a track record
No one likes change, but sometimes it's needed - we get the ball rolling
Too close to a problem to identify it? We get it and can get passed it with fresh eyes
Macro vision with micro focus - acquisition and diversification
OBJECTIVITY OR INFLUENCE
Objective, fresh view point OR influence things in a particular direction
No one in-house wants to eliminate staff with new efficiencies
Cory is the founding President of T. C. Lewis & Co. - guiding the firm from inception to being named by Inc. magazine to #128 on its list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America (#7 in Real Estate) and highlighted in Financial Times as one of The America's Fastest Growing Companies, coming in at #36, alongside publicly traded powerhouses Tesla, Uber, Netflix, and PayPal. He also serves as a Partner in TopCat Markets, Inc. convenience stores, a founding Partner in TC's Pro Hardware & Outfitter Company, Chief Investment Officer of Lewis Oil Company, Inc, and host of Entrepreneurs Anonymous podcast.
Prior to founding T. C. Lewis & Co., Cory had an eclectic background of work, including serving as the AD for the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training and Florida Operations. He also had stints working as a line cook, at a marina, at gas stations, and mall retail.
Cory is also founder of the Northeast Tennessee Green Building Council, Co-founder of the Young Professionals Tri-Cities (YPTri) non-profit organization, distinguished member of the International High IQ Society, and serves on numerous boards and committees (both professionally and community-related) throughout the Appalachian region.
Cory holds a BBA, an MBA, and real estate broker licensing in multiple states. He has been published in numerous business and industry-related publications locally, regionally, and nationally. And he has received a number of awards including Builder of the Year, named one of the 10 best brokers in Tennessee, named to Business Journal magazine's Top 40 Under Forty, Distinguished Alumni, Community Supporter of the Year, multiple Builder/Architect magazine cover-stories, named Mountain South magazine Sexy Successful Single, Tennessee Small Business Excellence Award, etc.
Grew one company's revenue by +3000% over 3 years, while increasing personnel by less than 35%
Led expansion of one company's market coverage area into 3 new states over a 5 year period, obtaining additional licensing, office space, staff, and clients.
Led the growth of another company's revenue by +400% over the course of 3 years
Negotiated lasting business relationships with national wholesalers and retail brands, including: ExxonMobil, Valero, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, ProHardware, BassPro/Cabela's, Costa Del Mar, Big Rock Outdoor, Amcon Distributing, H. T. Hackney, etc
Routinely identify, broker, setup, and manage recurring real estate investment deals from $40k to +$5MM to earn +14% return in perpetuity
Trusted by banking institutions to turn a wide variety of types of real estate investments around by solving management issues, or implementing new plans, procedures, concepts, etc
Strategies highlighted by Inc, Entrepreneur, and Financial Times
Entrepreneurial Mindset Grit Macro Vision with Micro Focus Problem Solving
Market Insight Negotiation Company Management Client Outreach
The philosophy that drives him summed up with a quote:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly - specilization is for insects.”
-Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love