As chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises, Belz heads one of the South's largest real estate and development firms.
A pioneer in the factory outlet mall concept, the firm is among the largest nationally in that arena.
is a longtime booster, activist, and participant in downtown development, probably best known for bringing back The Peabody hotel.
The driving force behind Peabody Place, a two-million-square-foot mixed-use development stretching for eight blocks downtown and one of the largest single historic renovation projects in the U.S.
The development includes The Peabody and Hampton Inn and Suites, the Belz Museum of Asian
& Judaic Art, AutoZone corporate headquarters, apartments, offices, shops, and restaurants.
Belz has been working with the Memphis Housing Authority and Henry Turley Company to develop Uptown, which included demolition of the Hurt Village housing project and redevelopment of approximately 1,000 new single-family and multifamily units near St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Among many other regional and national awards, Belz
has received the Leadership Memphis
Community Leadership 2000 Award, the 2003 Master Entrepreneur Award of the Society of Entrepreneurs
and Junior Achievement of Memphis, the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center City Commission
, and the Kether Shem Tov Award from the Orthodox Union
, one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the worldwide Jewish community.