Meet the KEC team
Our team is made up of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors, and community-minded professionals that are ready to help take your big idea to the next level.
Jim is a former attorney with decades of experience in building businesses, raising capital, and forming impactful communities. Jim is a tireless advocate for entrepreneurship, and has helped KEC be the “center of gravity without being the center of attention” since 2015.
Director of operations
Delaney has a passion for bringing people together, and keeping things moving for KEC. With a degree in Marketing and International Business from the UTK, Delaney has been the go-to person for all events, activities, and big ideas since 2017.
director of maker initiatives
Courtney is a versatile marketing and design veteran with extensive leadership and event planning experience. She is focused on facilitating connections, promoting a culture of inclusivity, and aiding in building a strong support system for Knoxville’s Makers.
director of strategy & engagement
Chris has spent over 20 years building brand-focused consulting and content businesses, forging a successful creative career, and speaking all over the country on the power of community, creativity and challenging assumptions.
Booth Andrews helps build strong, effective, resilient leaders, entrepreneurs and humans by acting as a mentor and guide through strategic coaching, consulting, educational programs and public speaking.
exec-in-residence, Inflection Point mentor
As a Hogan cerified leadership coach, Leslie brings two decades of law, leadership, and advanced corporate leadership experience to the ongoing Inflection.Point growth-stage companies.
"the works" facilitator
Bob is an innovative business strategist and executive coach with over 40 years of highly successful business growth experience. His expertise includes startups, turnarounds, and scaling businesses.
exec-in-residence, capital connections coordinator
Richard brings extensive global investment and startup capital experience to the KEC community. Having recently authored the Knoxville Chamber’s Access to Capital report, Richard is focused on the role capital plays in a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Currently chief evangelist for Lirio, Patrick brings over 30 years of experience in user experience consulting to Fortune 1000 companies, early stage and emerging companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Social Media Manager
Holly Rainey is KEC’s & The Maker City’s Social Media Manager. Holly is a creative professional that specializes in photography, content creation and social media management.
AgLaunch team lead
Lilly believes in using innovation to address the world’s most pressing problems and heads up teh entrepreneurship team at AgLaunch to support the agtech entrepreneurs that will lead us into a more sustainable and equitable future of agriculture.
Kandis Troutman, MA
As the Creative Architect, Kandis is an experienced strategic consultant who believes in aligning entrepreneurs’ purpose and prosperity. She sees what most people miss and creates simple and efficient solutions for individuals and businesses across the world.