Entrepreneurship Founders

William W. Compton

Membership Information:

Member Status: Gold
Member Since: 1989

Employment:

Job Title: Chairman, CEO & President
Company: Tropical Sportswear Int'l - Retired

Expertise:

  • Building/leasing shopping centers, storage units, health clubs, banking, fashion/apparel/textiles, marketing strategy, clothing design

Biography:

William (Bill) W. Compton worked in the apparel industry from 1965-2002. He has started and sold a bank, built retail stores, operated a Baskin Robbins Franchise, and worked in apparel manufacturing in the United States as well as overseas. Bill Compton has built, operated, and sold storage units in addition to building, leasing and selling a strip shopping center. He has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Tropical Sportswear International (TSI) since November 1989. He also served as President of TSI from November 1989 to November 2002. Bill Compton has had over 37 years of experience in the apparel industry. Prior to joining TSI, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Munsingwear, Inc., an apparel manufacturer and marketer; President/Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing for five apparel divisions of McGregor/Faberge Corporation; and a director of Farah, a men¬ís apparel manufacturer. Bill Compton has served on the Board of Directors of the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management. He was the Chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the largest association for apparel and footwear in the world, for the years 2000-2001 and sat on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1990-2002. He was associated with the AAFA for 14 years and was director for 6 years. He was voted a master Entrepreneur finalist of the year in Florida in 1996 and 2000.

Management Philosophy:
Our philosophy is to first teach people their responsibilities and job,then treat them with respect and hold them accountable.

Personal Philosophy:
Always have a positive attitude, and having the discipline in treating all people with respect at all times in all places.

Family Profile:
Bill and Ginny have been married for 6 years. Together they have 9 children and 22 beautiful grandchildren.

Hobbies and Interests:
Family,church,Traveling with my beautiful(wife),outdoor sports,and breeding my Rocky Mountain Horses and Texas Long Horns Cattle. Firearms Collector Rifles and pistols.

Favorite Book:
Book of Mormon

Favorite Movie:
The Notebook, The Worlds Fastest Indian

Favorite Quote:
Every Day Is A Gift

Favorite Scripture:
2 Nephi 32

Favorite Food:
Italian

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere with my forever companion my wife (Ginny)