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Kemp Conrad

Having served as Vice Chairman of the City Council in 2015 and Chairman in 2016, Kemp currently serves as Chairman of the Government Affairs and Annexation Committee, a member of the Audit, Budget, Parks & Environment, Personnel, Planning & Zoning, and Public Works, Transportation & General Services Committees. Additionally, he is the council liaison to the Pension & Investment Committee and Shelby County School Board. In his role as Chairman of Government Affairs & Annexation, Kemp has led the Council’s efforts to build relations and legislative influence in the State Capitol. Kemp also serves as the Council liaison to the Greater Memphis Chamber, and his super district represents half of the city – more than 300,000 people.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Kemp put down roots in Memphis upon graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in History from Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. In 2002, working his way through business school, he earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Kemp is a Principal at Cushman & Wakefield|Commercial Advisors, LLC, where his Global Portfolio Solutions Team handles the real estate needs of long-term clients with a global footprint of 20 Million Square Feet. Kemp has completed transactions in America as well as numerous countries. He has also completed a wide range of strategic planning and transaction assignments with a focus on creative deal-making focusing on benchmark and metric creation and measurement. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Memphis City Leader for Trammell Crow Co.

Kemp's passion for the community has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees 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. He is also a former board member of the Riverfront Development Corporation and a founding member of Mpact Memphis. 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 also 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, an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, is married to the former Anne McGrew, with whom he has two children.

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