Returning guest, Larry Kemp, owner of Kemp and Sons General Services discusses how he's had to restructure his business to stay afloat during COVID-19. He offers guidance on cleaning and disinfecting businesses, public spaces, workplaces, schools and homes.
Larry Kemp, managing owner of Kemp and Sons General Services, knows all about success. He overcame borderline poverty and a challenging learning disability during his early childhood to become an award-winning entrepreneur, business strategist and sought-after speaker. After earning a business degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, Kemp joined IBM Executives, where he climbed the ranks to become an integral member of the company’s financial management team. One of the unit’s top sellers, Kemp was responsible for marketing and offering $1 million dollar finance options to qualified clients. When IBM’s company culture began to devolve, Kemp knew entrepreneurship would be the key to his success. In 1998, this fourth generation entrepreneur took over the family’s small commercial cleaning business, which was launched by his father, Jesse Kemp, in 1972 with only $10. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the environmental cleaning company has employed up to 200 employees and had contracts totaling more than $20 million. Not only has the company’s sustained growth been recognized twice by the Harvard Business School, Kemp and Sons General Services has been covered by Inc., CNN Money, Forbes, Dallas Morning News, and several other media outlets. As a consultant and keynote speaker, Kemp has worked with executives in organizations of all levels, as well as universities, nonprofits and correctional facilities. He serves on several boards and committees related to business diversity, economic development and college athletics. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, Kemp frequently shares his tips for overcoming obstacles to achieve sustained success. Aspiring entrepreneurs, businesspeople and mentees all agree that Kemp is passionate about teaching and mentoring others on how to achieve their goals, accelerate performance, and how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. According to Kemp’s teachings, failure is not an option because there is greatness within us all. Nothing is impossible. Kemp earned a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Arlington and continues to support his alma mater as a guest lecturer and benefactor. As a mentor, Kemp is focused on aligning business strategies to ensure healthy growth, expansion and diversity into various market segments throughout the United States and globally. Kemp, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, is the father of two and grandfather of six.