M.E. Wilson Company is deeply embedded in the fabric and culture of the city of Tampa. In fact, Malcolm Eugene Wilson, the original founder of M.E. Wilson, sought Ms. Grace Freeman’s hand in marriage soon after arriving in Tampa. In 1917, Grace was elected as the Queen of Gasparilla, a title which she retained for three years as a result of the United States’ entering World War I. During this time, Grace married and became Mrs. M.E. Wilson.
Grace Wilson was essential to the M.E. Wilson Company’s foundation. The agency’s first client came by way of the lovely Mrs. Wilson when a street car ride fated her meeting Frank Gannon, the then head of Tampa Electric (TECO). She is as deeply ingrained in the fabric of M.E. Wilson, as she was in the city of Tampa’s and Gasparilla.