Board of Directors
To train up tomorrow’s difference makers, there must be a core leadership who are passionate about Memphis and unwavering in the vision that leadership works.
We’ve gathered a group of highly successful men and women to create the LeadershipWorks Board of Directors, and as an organization under the leadership of this accomplished group of executives and influential Memphians, we’re committed to making our city even greater.
Brian Smith – President
Sr Vice President, Leasing, Poag Shopping Centers
Brian was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. He and his family moved to Memphis 13 years ago so Brian could join Poag Shopping Centers – a nationally recognized company which focuses on retail, with lifestyle retailers as the basis of its developments. He is also a board member for Street 2 Street ministry in New York.
Brian understands the power of mentorship as his own life was impacted when one man committed to mentoring him. Since then, he has committed to mentor other men, and has seen the positive power of mentorship through his own children. It is Brian’s full belief that the vision and mission of LeadershipWorks can change lives and families, and can raise up leaders to lead Memphis into a great future.
Chris Conlee – Vice President
Lead Pastor, Highpoint Church
Chris was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Communications and, putting his competitive foot forward, decided to pursue a career playing golf. However, things took a turn in 2000 when Chris felt God pulling him into full-time ministry, and that’s where he’s been ever since. In 2002, shortly after receiving his Masters of Divinity from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, he and his wife, Karin, planted Highpoint Church. Together, they lead with compassion and demonstrate what it means to love people well.
Chris’s relentless passion for people and for raising up new leaders fuels his love for teaching and equipping people from numerous backgrounds at leadership seminars, Christian conferences, and in the corporate world. He can regularly be heard teaching on leadership and interviewing some of America’s top business leaders on the two podcasts he co-hosts with Karin: LoveWorks with Chris + Karin Conlee and Lead Like Jesus.
President and CEO, TruGreen Inc
David was born in Augusta, GA, and has lived all over the South. In 2013, he and his wife, Debbie, made Memphis their home, where David currently serves as President and CEO of TruGreen – North America’s largest lawn care provider with approximately 10,000 employees across the US and Canada. David has a BBA from East Tennessee State University.
He and Debbie have a family of fourteen: 8 children (5 of whom are in college); 2 daughters-in-law; and 2 grandchildren. David views leadership as a great stewardship opportunity. He doesn’t disciple others in order to make them more like him; he does it so that, through the process, both parties may become more like Christ.
Vice President, TruGreen Inc
Brent was born and raised just outside Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned a BA from Wheaton College in teaching with a K-12 certificate. He currently serves as Vice President for TruGreen, with responsibilities for B to B sales and irrigation. Prior to being at TruGreen, Brent was with ServiceMaster for 25 years, beginning his career as a franchise owner and, most recently, serving as Chief Operating Officer for the Merry Maids brand, based in Memphis. When Brent and Stacey sold their ServiceMaster and Merry Maids franchises in 2001 to join the ServiceMaster home office in Memphis, little did they know that they would fall in love with the Bluff City and ultimately choose to call it home.
ServiceMaster and TruGreen have afforded Brent the privilege of learning from and being mentored by several great leaders who were living examples of integrating their faith and work. He regards LeadershipWorks as a great opportunity to be able to pass along what so many others have taken the time to model for him.
Marketing Principal, FedEx Services
Born, raised and educated in Memphis, TN, Drew is extremely thankful for the role that education has played in his life – a value strongly supported by his grandmother who raised him. She understood that an education could break the cycle of poverty, and she was simply elated when he graduated with both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis.
While in college, Drew was hired by FedEx, where he has now worked for the last 16 years and is currently a Marketing Manager. He acknowledges that the cycle of poverty has been broken for his children and wants to inspire others through LeadershipWorks to break the cycle of whatever may be holding them back to reach their God-given full potential.
Women’s Ministry Director, Highpoint Church
A Navy brat who grew up on both coasts, Karin Conlee has now called Memphis home for over 25 years. Karin graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a degree in Business Administration and quickly realized that the Lord would direct her skills toward ministry rather than the marketplace. Karin currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Highpoint Church – a church she and her husband planted in 2002 that has grown to over 3500 in attendance each Sunday across two campuses.
In addition to speaking, writing, and leading women, Karin invests her time in LeadershipWorks because there is no wiser investment than shaping the next generation of leaders in the city of Memphis and beyond.
Vice President, IT, AutoZone
Tony was born and raised in NJ where he met his wife of 32 years, Colleen. They eventually moved to Atlanta where their children Brittany, 25, and Jordan, 21, were born. Tony has been an IT professional for 35 years, with the majority of those spent with Bell Laboratories and Home Depot. Tony and Colleen relocated to Memphis in December 2013 where he serves as Vice President of IT for AutoZone. Tony has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Management Science from Kean University in NJ.
Tony has always been passionate regarding leadership at all levels and is particularly interested in raising up and investing in the next generation of leaders to positively impact change in our communities.
Director of Rehabilitation Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton
Bev was born in Delaware and has lived in Memphis since 2002. She earned a BS from Virginia Tech and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University before becoming the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton.
Bev never intended to make Memphis her permanent home when she moved here for her first professional job, but she fell in love with the people and potential of Memphis. She is excited to blend those two passions through the actions of LeadershipWorks.
Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed
Mitch was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He earned a BS from the University of Tennessee Martin and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Prior to Waddell & Reed, he was a small business owner.
Mitch is for Memphis. He is passionate about helping others and is excited to have the opportunity through LeadershipWorks to mentor and coach young people in the community.
Chief Operating Officer, Highpoint Church
Brad serves as COO at Highpoint Church where he leads a staff who are dedicated to bringing a message of hope in an innovative and excellent way to the millions who live in the mid-South. Prior to joining Highpoint, Brad served at FedEx for 28 years where he was responsible for the long-range planning and daily operation of the corporation’s primary data centers. Before this, he managed the long-range planning of all FedEx office, call center and on-airport package sorting facilities in North America.
A native of Memphis, TN, Brad earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis and his master's degree in Information Systems Management from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.
Founder, Artisan Studios, Amy Howard Collection and Amy Howard At Home
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Amy Howard was the first person at the University of Memphis to create a double degree in Art History and Business. Over the last 20 years, Amy Howard Home has grown from leading the interior design market by restoring and building luxury home furnishings, to providing makers with a distinguished class of artisan-quality paint products and training. Nationally distributed by ACE Hardware, as well as by a network of boutique retailers, she educates and inspires through speaking engagements, articles and videos.
Amy seeks to counsel artistic minds with personal and business expertise gleaned from 30 years of professional ventures. She is still proud to call Memphis her home, where she loves her husband, four children, five grandchildren, and three King Charles Spaniels.
Vice President, Head of Strategy, TruGreen Inc
Jeff serves as Vice President, Head of Strategy at TruGreen Inc, where he leads corporate strategy and growth for the largest provider of lawn, tree and shrub care services in the United States, serving both residential and commercial customers. He has built a career focused on corporate turnarounds with experiences across various financial services and consumer businesses.
Jeff is a graduate of Columbia University and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is married to the love his life, Alexis, and they have three young children. His calling is to help build people and organizations, and he gets excited about working with LeadershipWorks to serve the Memphis community in this way.
Founding Partner, Rosenblum & Reisman
Jeff Rosenblum grew up in Memphis, TN, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and he has practiced law for over 25 years in his hometown. Jeff is a partner at Rosenblum & Reisman – the law firm he founded in 1998 which has earned a reputation throughout the region and nationwide as a premier personal injury law firm.
Community involvement has been a key factor in shaping Jeff into the leader he is today. He has enjoyed relationships with mentors throughout his life and career who have shaped him into the man he has become, and he now enjoys mentoring others. He is excited to continue to give back to Memphis through LeadershipWorks.
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Calade Partners
Prior to starting her own business, Laurie worked for 35 years at FedEx and served as a primary champion of the brand and customer loyalty, positioning FedEx as one of the most respected and valued brands in the world. In her role as Sr. Vice President of Marketing, she was a passionate advocate of personal development. These days, Laurie is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Calade Partners – a two-year-old marketing and strategy consulting firm. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Economic Club of Memphis, and she is the Co-founder of Local Soul – an online fundraising site that matches locally loved goods and services with local causes.
Laurie is an experienced mentor and coach who freely shares her business expertise and leadership excellence. A native of Memphis, Laurie earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Memphis. She serves on the Board of Alliance Data Systems, The University of Memphis, and Regional One Health Extended Care Hospital.
Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield / Commercial Advisors
Landon Williams was born and raised in Memphis and has called Memphis home for the majority of his life. Landon represents businesses by helping them develop real estate strategies that coincide with and foster their business strategies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Sport Studies, and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Tennessee.
Landon believes in the importance of leadership because it provides direction and guidance for a group of people and, ultimately, takes them to a better place. More specifically, he believes that LeadershipWorks provides a systematic approach to developing leaders who will ultimately be used by God to do God’s work throughout Memphis and beyond.
President, Potential 2 Results
Bob moved to Memphis 11 years ago to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of a local suburban hospital before transitioning into full-time pastoral ministry and leadership development at Highpoint Church. He currently serves as the President of Potential 2 Results – a Memphis-based company that provides executive coaching and leadership training to leaders and organizations. He also serves as Adjunct Professor, Organizational Leadership at Union University.
Bob has a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University and is a certified speaker, trainer and coach on the John Maxwell Team. He is thrilled to be involved in the LeadershipWorks program because he believes leadership is the tool God gave us to help other people realize the potential that lies within them.