2016 City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad (center) with other members
Kemp currently serves as Chairman of the Memphis City Council, elected unanimously by his peers. Kemp is also the council liaison to the Airport Authority and his super district represents half of the city – approximately 300,000 people.
A native of Atlanta Georgia, Kemp put down roots in Memphis upon graduating from Rhodes College in 1996 with a BA in History and was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. Working his way through business school, he earned his MBA in 2002 from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, one of the top business schools in the nation.
Kemp is a Principal at Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors Partners, LLC, and President of the Asset Services Business. The Asset Services business is a leading third party provider of leasing, property management, and project management services with a managed third party portfolio of approximately 35,000,000 SF representing $1,000,000,000 in value.
The firm won the prestigious Memphis Business Journal “Small Business of the Year Award” in 2010 and was named by The Commercial Appeal as a Top Employer in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Each year, the firm has been the only commercial real estate firm on the list.
In addition to leading the Asset Services Business, Kemp’s Global Portfolio Solutions Team handles the real estate needs of long term clients with a global footprint of approximately 20MM SF. Kemp has completed transactions in thirty-two states and fifteen countries.
Prior to being elected to the Council, Kemp's passion for the community led him to serve on the Board of the National Civil Rights Museum and the Emerge Memphis Business Incubator. Kemp is also a former member of the Phoenix Club of Memphis - a fraternal organization that raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. While earning his MBA at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Kemp co-founded the Phoenix Club of Nashville, which now rivals the Memphis organization in membership and fundraising. He is also a former board member of the Riverfront Development Corporation, a founding member of Mpact Memphis, and the first Chairman of the "Leadership Pillar", where he was successful in obtaining prestigious non-profit and governmental board positions for diverse Mpact members. In 2001, at the age of 27, he was named to the Memphis Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" for community and business achievements.
Kemp served on the Board of Directors of Partners in Public Education and Kemp has invested his time by serving some of our most vulnerable and precious assets - the Kids of Hope House, where he served as a board member. Hope House was founded by the Junior League of Memphis and is a day care and early childhood education center for kids that are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. From his work at PIPE and Hope House, he learned first-hand the importance of parental involvement in our schools and the importance of early childhood education.
A past Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, Kemp is passionate about the political process and the need to get good people in public office. While Chairman, Kemp focused on electing ethical and effective men and women to office while smashing fundraising records and making outreach a key focus of the party.
Because of his fusion of leadership in business and politics, Kemp was one out of eight from an applicant pool of over six hundred rising political leaders to visit China in 2004 for the American Council of Young Political Leaders 25th Anniversary Exchange between the U.S. and China. In 2007, he was selected by the East-West foundation for the Next Generation Exchange to Vietnam and Korea.
Kemp is married to the former Anne McGrew and they have two young children and are active members of Second Presbyterian Church.