Uncompromising Commitment

Welch Hornsby Announces the Retirement of Co-founder & Chairman, John Hornsby

Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:50 am


Welch Hornsby Co-founders John Hornsby and Eddie Welch have been working side by side for over 28 years. It was inevitable that one day one of them was going to be the first to retire from the firm. As they have always been very open in the sharing of their thoughts, it is only fitting that at this milestone they both share their outlook.

From John Hornsby

The mind of man plans his way,but the Lord directs his steps.— Proverbs 16:9

My professional career has been a testimony to me of God’s sovereignty in my life. His leading has far exceeded any plans I could have envisioned for myself. One major part of this journey has been with Welch Hornsby, which I co-founded with Ed Welch, Sr. (deceased) and Eddie Welch over 28 years ago. Our partnership of trust allowed us to create Welch Hornsby from a mutual desire to serve our families and the families of our associates as we sought to serve others with integrity. As a result, this culture attracted some of the best hearts and minds in our industry. Going forward with Eddie’s leadership, the leadership of our second generation and Welch Hornsby’s remarkable team of associates, the future remains bright for Welch Hornsby. Relative to my departure from Welch Hornsby, I am excited about exploring some of my longstanding professional and personal goals, many of which I share with my best friend and wife, Virginia. The many relationships that have been formed over my 33 years within the financial community have been a remarkable blessing to me. As I move forward into this next chapter of my life, I know myself to have been truly and richly blessed. – John S. Hornsby


From Eddie Welch

John and I became friends over 30 years ago. That friendship grew to a partnership and Welch Hornsby was formed. While our partnership is ending, our friendship is enduring. I am happy for John. He has most assuredly earned this next chapter. After such success in co-founding Welch Hornsby, he can now explore passions that have had to remain bridled. Starting and building a company is completely consuming. Now at this point in his life and with this new found capacity, it will be fun to watch John in his new endeavors. As CEO and now Chairman, I remain committed to ensuring our client’s experiences and outcomes are exceptional. I am also focused on continuing to cultivate an environment where good people can flourish and become great leaders. This in an effort to further the legacy that my father, John and I set out to build in 1988. Significantly, this transition grants a well-earned opportunity for the second generation of leadership. It is now their turn to step forward as leaders and owners to contribute at a strategic and management level. We are even beginning to foster a strong third generation of leaders in hopes of building a firm which will live beyond us. We will miss John. That said, as I look ahead, I see a team that is remarkably talented and committed. We work superbly well together and are excited and enthusiastic about the future of Welch Hornsby. We are appreciative of the many friends we have made over the last nearly three decades and hope we are communicating well the spirit of this transition. Most importantly, we are grateful for our clients and look forward to serving you for many years to come. Please feel free to reach out to John, me or any Welch Hornsby team member should you have any questions. – Eddie Welch

Wilma Rudolph

Friday December 11, 2015 4:12 pm

At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Wilma Rudolph became “the fastest woman in the world.” A twenty-year-old, African-American woman from Clarksville, Tennessee, gained the attention and admiration of the world as she swept the 100- and 200-meter Olympic races and anchored the gold-medal-winning 4×100-meter relay team. She broke world records, she outran her competition, and she became the first American woman to win three gold medals at the Olympics. But, to see Rudolph in all her success, one would never know that the obstacles she overcame on her way to the podium made her accomplishments even more inspirational.

Born to a poor family in a small town in Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 siblings, and was born prematurely at only four-and-a-half pounds. From birth, Rudolph battled constant health problems alongside her loving and supportive family. She suffered from double pneumonia, measles, scarlet fever, and the polio virus, which left her with very limited use of her left leg.

“My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother,” said Rudolph.

She was fitted with a metal leg brace, and her mother drove her each week, for two years, nearly 100 miles round trip to a hospital in Nashville until she was able to walk without braces. She was brave and persistent in her therapy, and her family assisted with her at-home exercises to increase the function of her leg. By age twelve, Rudolph had regained all ability and function in her legs, and a new chapter of her life began.

Rudolph’s healing process fostered her strong will and determination, and once she was able, she followed in her siblings’ footsteps and pursued basketball. She was a highly regarded athlete on her high school team, and Ed Temple, track and field coach at Tennessee State recruited her to practice with his track team.

By the time Rudolph had turned sixteen, only four years after fully recovering from a condition which could have left her wheelchair-bound, she had earned a spot on the US Olympic team for the 1956 Olympics, where she won a bronze medal. Once she returned home, her training continued, and she developed into a world-class, record-setting athlete—in spite of, or perhaps because of, the struggles she overcame in her early life.

Wilma Rudolph’s drive to succeed, along with the support of her family, propelled her from being a paralyzed, young girl to become the fastest woman the world had ever seen. Her successes inspired women worldwide, drawing unprecedented attention to women’s athletics, particularly track and field. Men and women, black and white, athlete or not—people looked to Rudolph and were inspired by her accomplishments and her unwavering belief that “the reward is not so great without the struggle.”


When Rudolph returned to her hometown after the 1960 Olympics, her homecoming parade and banquet were, by her request, the first integrated events in the town. Rudolph earned a full scholarship to Tennessee State University and after retiring from track and field, she completed her college degree and continued to inspire others through her work as a teacher, a coach, and a civil rights activist. She was inducted into the Black Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. Named as one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th century, today the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them, and strives for success at all levels.

Rudolph received accolades and honors for her great accomplishments, but it was her fight against adversity that was the truest testament to her character. Her life was marked by overcoming the seemingly impossible. When others might have given up, she never underestimated the potential for greatness within her, and she reached her goals with a gracious attitude and persistent positivity.

Hers was truly an investment in a life of uncompromising commitment.

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Tuesday September 6, 2011 1:44 pm

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