Adams Keegan saves us time and money ... you make yourself look bigger ... doing your human resources work so professionally. It’s the way to go for medium-sized companies.
—Dale Ingram, COO, Wheel Workz, in Financial Executive, June 2007
Mr. Adams founded Adams Keegan in 1987 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer from April 1987 to September 2000. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC), the industry's self-regulating accreditation organization and has been a member of the ESAC Board since 1998. He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), the $63B industry’s national trade association, and has served as member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2006. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of NAPEO during 1996-1997 as well as serving two terms as the President of the regional chapter. As an industry pioneer, he has been active in the development and formalization of the PEO industry. Mr. Adams is a frequent presenter at industry events and is involved in regulatory and legislative issues on state and national levels. Mr. Adams holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
Mr. Keegan joined Adams Keegan in May of 1997 and currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales. He was appointed to a four year term on the Employee Leasing Advisory Board by the governor of Tennessee. He is a director of The James Group, LLC and Staff Line, LLC. Mr. Keegan's civic involvement includes membership in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Memphis Club, director of EmergeMemphis, director of The Navy League of Memphis and Leadership Memphis class of 2006. Mr. Keegan holds a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Keegan is a private investor and has been involved in a number of mezzanine and mid-stage financing of young companies over the last 20 years. He currently is serving on the Board of Directors of Adams Keegan, Inc. He was a co-founder of Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., and served as President and COO until his retirement in 1985. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NASDAQ, Inc. Mr. Keegan served as a Director of AutoZone, Inc. from 1991 through 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Memphis Incubator System, Inc. (Emerge Memphis), The Regional Medical Center at Memphis Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Wunderlich Securities, Inc. Mr. Keegan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Mr. Jalenak has served as a Director for Adams Keegan since 1997 and as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Jalenak retired on December 31, 1993 as Chairman and former President and CEO of Cleo, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of Christmas wrap and accessory items. In addition, he is a retired board member of Perrigo Company, Lufkin Industries, Dyersburg Corporation, Charter Bancshares, First Funds and Party City. He currently serves as a board member emeritus of Special Value Continuation Fund. He retired as a member of the board of commissioners of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and chairman of its pension committee. Mr. Jalenak is also involved as a Director for Arts Memphis and previously served on the board of directors of many local and national civic and religious organizations. Mr. Jalenak received his B.B.A. from Tulane University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Thompson is the owner of Columbine Holdings. He has served as a Director for the Company since 1997 and is a member of the Compensation and Executive Committees. He was formerly the President of Taylor Machinery Company. He is a Director for Econotech, Inc. as well as a Director for the National Defense University Foundation and The Memphis Airport Authority. Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas.
Mr. Cross is one of the original shareholders in the Company and has served as a Director since 1987. He is a member of the Audit Committee and serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Cross is the President of First Commerce Leasing of Memphis and is actively involved in the growth and development of the equipment leasing industry. Mr. Cross holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Memphis, and participated in advanced studies at The Wharton School of Business in Financial Management, Northwestern University in Mortgage Banking and the University of Wisconsin in Lease Financing.
Mr. Lowrance is EVP of Business Development & General Counsel of Floratine Biosciences, Inc. (FBS). Mr. Lowrance was Managing Director of Investment Banking and General Counsel for Wunderlich Securities. Prior to that he was a partner at the Bass, Berry & Sims law firm. During his 15 years of practicing law and investment banking, Mr. Lowrance worked in various areas such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, re-capitalizations, equity and debt financings (including venture capital and private equity fund financing and private and public offerings), corporate and tax planning, and transaction negotiation and structuring. Mr. Lowrance holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law, and a L.L.M. in Taxation from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Mr. Lowrance is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Arkansas. He is a director for Floratine Biosciences, Inc., and a former director for H20 Inc. and the Children’s Museum of Memphis.
Brandon Garrott Morrison is a native Memphian and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt. Brandon currently works in a family office, serving as Vice President of MBA Corp. and manager of Senatobia Plaza, LLC. Brandon and her husband Joe have five children. Her civic involvement includes past service on the boards of the Dixon Galleries and Gardens, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, and Monogram Foods. Brandon currently serves as board chair at St. Mary's Episcopal School and on the boards of Second Presbyterian Foundation and the Children's Foundation.
See also: Management Team