Kemp Conrad is a small businessman who has a proven track record of getting results.
Kemp graduated from Rhodes College in 1996 with a BA in History, where he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. He earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 2002, working his way through business school.
A Principal in one of the most respected and successful commercial real estate firms in Memphis, Cushman & Wakefield-Commercial Advisors, Kemp specializes in representing corporations and users of real estate on large and complex commercial transactions. He also serves as Principal, President and Chief Manager of Cushman & Wakefield-Commercial Advisors Asset Services (CAAS), which provides leasing and property management services to corporations and real estate investors. CAAS currently leases and/or manages over 14,000,000 SF of space for families, institutions REITS’s, and entrepreneurial investors.
Since Kemp assumed leadership of CAAS in 2007, from 2007-2010 Leasing commissions have increased 734%, property management fees have increased 50%, R&M labor reimbursements have increased 312%, and construction management has increased 805%. Gross revenue has increased 258% and net income has grown by 771%.
Kemp values community service and prior to being elected to the City Council he served on the Board of the National Civil Rights Museum, and on the Board of the Riverfront Development Corporation. He 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 founded the Phoenix Club of Nashville, which now rivals the Memphis organization in membership and fundraising.
Kemp has proven his passion for education by serving 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 tremendously positive results of early childhood education.
As 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.
Because of his fusion leadership in business and politics, Kemp was one out of eight, our of an applicant pool of over 600 rising political leaders to visit China in 2004 for the American Council of Young Political Leaders 25th Anniversary Exchange between the US and China.