IMC is a private holding company and long-term owner of businesses. We are dedicated to partnering with great management teams who share a commitment to people development and to our respective communities.

At IMC, we believe in good business.

We are long-term owners of businesses that provide a lasting benefit to society, opportunity and growth for their employees, and positive financial outcomes for everybody involved. We know that we all benefit from what each of us provides to this equation.

We take our ownership responsibility seriously. We want our partners to look at us like we look at them–as people committed to doing business the right way. So, we create and perpetuate a stable and supportive environment—one of honesty with clear expectations and open communication—that allows great leaders to achieve our shared goals and promote the long-term growth and success of their businesses and people. We encourage leaders to take risks, and we tolerate mistakes.

We look at investment opportunities a bit differently. Analyzing the financial equation is the simple part. We go further by investing in people and what their businesses bring to the world, since that is where the greatest opportunities reside. It is our goal to share in these opportunities and resulting benefits together.

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Our History

In 1971, James Maynard and Bill Carl raised $50,000 from a collection of friends, family and local businessmen, in turn forming IMC. Their modest goal was to open a family-oriented restaurant.

James and Bill opened the first restaurant in 1973 with a simple mission—to provide customers with quality food and good service for a reasonable price, while providing their employees with an opportunity to feel good about what they do and grow in their career. Despite their inexperience, James and Bill learned how to succeed in the restaurant business, and their one location enterprise has grown into what is now Golden Corral, the leading family dining restaurant concept in America.

From humble beginnings, IMC has evolved to focusing on its current purpose—to be a responsible owner of good businesses. IMC now owns a family of diverse businesses, and its growth has been funded by that of its underlying companies—the original $50,000 James and Bill raised remains the only equity ever invested in IMC. In 2016, Quinton Maynard succeeded his father as Chairman and CEO with a commitment to continue to do things the right way and create an environment that allows inspired leaders to achieve their business goals and promote the long-term success of their people.

We believe there will always be a need for a company such as IMC with an enduring commitment to good ownership values. IMC will be here.

At IMC, we know our conduct and reputation will always matter to the owners who consider selling IMC their businesses, to the leaders who consider becoming IMC's partners, and to the firms that consider lending IMC their capital. We take great pride in the long tenure and loyal service of many employees at IMC and its companies, and know that our reputation as an owner makes a difference to them too. Because IMC is a private company, we have no short term mandates or constraints. We make decisions on the basis of their long-term implications for IMC and its companies. We maintain strong financial liquidity at IMC, ensuring that we can honor our commitment to being a good long-term owner to our companies.

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In Memoriam

We are profoundly saddened to share that Investors Management Corporation’s CEO and Chairman, William Quinton Carlyle Maynard, passed away on September 15, 2017.

Quinton was a very special person and a wonderful leader. He lived a life that amazed people on a daily basis and he touched others in countless ways.

Quinton was born in Raleigh, NC, and spent his childhood riding horses and developing his extraordinary talent for the violin. He was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music at age 16, and became an accomplished soloist. Quinton also attended Skidmore College and graduated with a degree in philosophy and religion. After traveling in India, he received his MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. Business became a great passion of Quinton's and he greatly enjoyed his time working in finance in New York, as well as starting and building Morehead Capital after returning to NC. His most inspiring business role was that of CEO and Chairman of Investors Management Corporation.

While business was a driving force in Quinton's life, his greatest love and source of joy was his wife, Jesse, and the family they created together. His devotion to Jesse and their two sons, Allen and Benny, knew no bounds and he delighted in the countless ways they enjoyed their time together.

Quinton is survived by his parents, James and Connie Maynard. He is also survived by his sister and next door neighbor, Easter Maynard. His niece and nephews, Lila, James, and Sawyer, had a rare connection with their uncle and were deeply influenced by the time they spent with him.

Quinton lived with an enthusiasm and appreciation for life that was a rare gift. Because of him, we all experienced more joy and the world became a more beautiful place.

He will be greatly missed.