Feb 8, 2007
grit triumphs -- Gabriel Pryor Owner and managing
inspector of Pryority Inspections, LLC
job: Land surveyor assistant, surveying DeSoto
County land boundaries and unused farmland. I
basically learned how to measure acreage with
tape/step-off estimation and other methods. I did
extensive walking with a measuring tape and learned
how to read maps, blueprints and show surfaces on a
map, which served me later in life.
Most recent job: My current business is inspecting
homes and commercial structures throughout the
Mid-South, assisting in the home-buying process.
However, my inspection background began while
being a code enforcement inspector and providing
public relations for the city of Memphis.
Career highlights: The first career highlight was
opening my first storefront business in 1992. More
currently, passing and receiving state licensing in
several states for all home and commercial buildings
and having inspected the homes of local celebrities,
including judges, athletes and blues singers.
Most satisfying career moment: Spearheading
opposition to environmentally challenged companies
on Brooks Road (residential area). Recreationally -
sponsoring, coaching and mentoring a boys' AAU
basketball team that was rated No. 2 in the national
tournament in which they participated.
Career advice: Champions, winners and achievers are
not born, but are made through their perseverance,
observation and the application of acquired skills.
When good people do or say nothing, bad people and
adverse situations flourish.
Person I most admire: Nathaniel Whitfield, my
grandfather, who kept alive the stories of my
heritage and taught me life skills while painting a
picture of a larger world and the fruits that await
Hobbies: I love sports, golfing, Pittsburgh
Steelers, reading, traveling and playing dominoes
and shooting pool with my sons and friends.
Last books read: "The Black West," by William
Loren Katz, and Bill Clinton's autobiography. "The
Black West" helped me pinpoint my proud heritage.
Former President Clinton is a noted scholar who has
lived life's ups and downs, politically and
Favorite films: "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Buck
and the Preacher." I love Western films, which
reveal the early history of our country. That era is
special because it produced my great grandparents
and grandparents who reminisced to us about
relocating to the Mid-South from another region in
covered wagons pulled by oxen and horses.
Favorite vacation spot: The boardwalk at Atlantic
City, N.J. This was before the gambling casinos were
built and the boardwalk was full of activity and
different cultures. The Atlantic coast was beautiful
in the spring and in the fall. I loved walking on
Change I would like to see: I would like to see
people everywhere, not just in Memphis, care more,
be more compassionate and giving. Helping the
underprivileged (mentally, physically or
financially) is a wonderful gift to have and all the
verification a successful person needs - period.
Pryority Inspections, LLC.
Hernando Central High School, State Technical
Institute and Shelby State Community College -
holds various state licenses and certifications
in inspecting, mold, earthquake preparedness,
Personal: Married to my high school sweetheart,
Laverne Hill Pryor. Three children - Gabriel,
Brandon and Sheena Brielle.
Civic involvement: Coaching and mentoring boys'
sports through area associations, helping organize
local Whitehaven neighborhood functions, sponsoring
neighborhood meal programs through pastors and other