My Triumph: The Stories

Jose & Jennifer Velazquez: The James Lee House

For 24 years, Jose Velazquez and his wife, Jennifer, dreamed of opening a bed and breakfast. See how we helped them make that dream a reality.

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Jose & Jennifer Velazquez: The James Lee House

For 24 years, Jose Velazquez and his wife, Jennifer, dreamed of opening a bed and breakfast. See how we helped them make that dream a reality.

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“I believe that every great project starts with a clear vision.”

Opening their own bed and breakfast was a dream twenty-five years in the making for Jose and Jennifer Velazquez. But when they first set eyes on the historic James Lee House, they knew their patience had been rewarded. A national historic site that had been abandoned for years, the James Lee House had a connection to the Memphis area that the couple wanted to both preserve and celebrate.

But it wasn’t going to be easy. Dealing with the restrictions of renovating a historic site, and working within a very ambitious timetable, Jose and Jennifer needed a partner that shared their vision and could see past the challenges ahead.

“We were very, very lucky to work with a team at Triumph Bank that understood the importance of doing something like this for the city,” Jose said.

Since the James Lee House re-opened in April of 2014, it has received rave reviews as a living embodiment of Memphis history where guests are treated as part of the Velazquez family.

Triumph Bank is so proud to have been a part of Jose and Jennifer’s story.

My Triumph: About

Your Story. Your Growth. Your Triumph.

At Triumph Bank, we’re proud to have planted our roots in the Memphis area. With the people and businesses of this great community, we’ve built a strong foundation that continues to grow with each success story our customers write.

And that’s really what My Triumph is all about – the tales of personal growth, of challenges overcome. Real people fulfilling their dreams because of perseverance and an unwavering vision. These are our customers, and these are their stories of triumph.

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