Executive Staff

  • Richard Schelp

    Richard Schelp

    Richard Schelp is the President and Co-Owner of Executive Speakers Bureau. Richard has been with Executive Speakers Bureau for 15 years, and during that period of time he has helped lead the organization to an unprecedented level of growth. Known as a true expert in the industry, speakers and organizations from all over the world contact Richard for his insight on future trends and directions. In addition, Richard handles some of the bureau's largest and most significant accounts, including all of the state hospital associations, State Farm Insurance, American Rental Association, Chase Bank, Boston Scientific Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allscripts, and American Heart Association.

    Prior to joining Executive Speakers Bureau, Richard was in sales and sales management with a few top technology companies including IBM and AT&T. During his tenure with those organizations Richard received a number of awards for his sales performance. Richard has lived in the state of Tennessee for most of his life, and has a BS in Business from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He is married to his lovely wife Angela and has four wonderful children. When Richard is not working, he enjoys sports, attends his children’s sporting events and shows, and participates in international missions with his church.

  • Angela Schelp

    Angela Schelp

    is the Founder and Co-Owner of Executive Speakers Bureau. With 22 years in the meeting and events industry, Angela has extensive experience in guiding her clients to speakers who will make their events memorable. As co-owner, Angela also has a wide array of responsibilities in operating the business. From searching out the next great speaker to keeping ESB financially sound, she must continually stay focused on the business and trends of the industry. Prior to ESB, Angela worked for IBM in marketing and sales, where she received the foundation for outstand ing customer service, quick response times, and highly ethical behavior. These traits have helped Angela build a loyal following of clients, many of whom she considers close friends.

    Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Angela lives in the small suburb of Germantown. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Marketing. She is married with 4 wonderful children, 2 dogs and a cat. When not at work, you can find Angela antiquing, biking or kayaking. Known among her friends as an extraordinary hostess, whipping up dinner parties that are out of this world is another one of her favorite hobbies!

  • Jenny Foreman

    Jenny Foreman

    Vice President at ESB, Jenny has spent the last 16 years writing contracts, assisting clients and speakers with event coordination, implementing marketing strategies and keeping her colleagues on their toes! Jenny's previous experience was in sales as a consultant for a leading textbook publishing company where she learned the value of exceptional customer service. As a people person, Jenny enjoys working with both the speaker and the client to ensure a seamless event. Having graduated from TCU, Jenny enjoys college sports and supports the purple horned frog, and stays busy visiting her “almost” grown children in various parts of the country.

    A highly organized, type A personality who loves to multi-task, Jenny also uses these skills at home where she leads a weekly bible study, assists her husband in his medical supply company and cares for far too many dogs. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jenny heads to the mountains to hike, be on the lake and enjoy the serenity of the outdoors every chance she gets. Her favorite way to unwind is to curl up by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine. Jenny loves to travel, is the queen of practical jokes, and enjoys time spent with her family.

  • Pam Coleman

    Pam Coleman

    Now in her 15th year with ESB, Pam is committed to connecting her clients with speakers who will make a real and lasting impact. Many years of experience at IBM gave her a solid understanding of how to manage the critical needs of her clients. She works diligently with the rest of the ESB team to build solid, long-term partnerships. Pam loves the challenges each day brings and all of the fascinating people, both clients and speakers, who she has the opportunity to meet.

    The daughter of a college football coach, Pam has lived all over the eastern U.S., but proudly calls Tennessee home. She and her husband David have 3 wonderful children, an amazing son-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter on the planet. When she is not at work, Pam enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities, especially biking and hiking. She also enjoys experimenting with new recipes and being surprised by anything that grows in her garden. A graduate of Clemson University with degrees in French and Economics, Pam is a loyal Tiger fan!

  • Christine Adams

    Christine Adams

    joined Executive Speakers Bureau in September 2014. She serves in a dual role at ESB as an Account Executive and as head of our new Exclusive Speakers Division. Prior to joining our team, she was a consistent award winning, top sales executive for both DHL Express and 3M. Having successfully managed sales teams for two outdoor advertising firms, Christine also brings with her an abundance of managerial experience.

    Growing up in an entrepreneurial family helped shape her work ethic and business savvy. She continued in this tradition by founding Infinite Ideas, a promotional and advertising company which she owned and operated for 15 years. Her company was honored as a small business-of-the-year nominee by the Memphis Business Journal and was responsible for several award winning marketing campaigns.

    Christine is married, has 2 sons and a dog (Tanner). She enjoys photography, traveling, fishing, horseback riding, camping and singing in her church choir. She considers herself a weekend DYIer, and can be found remodeling, decorating and repurposing items around her home frequently.

  • Stephen Kirkpatrick

    Stephen Kirkpatrick

    Stephen Kirkpatrick joined Executive Speakers Bureau on Oct. 1, 2015. He serves in a dual role as an Account Executive and as head of ournew Speaker Management Division.  Before joining the ESB team, Stephen worked as the Senior Director of Development at Christian Brothers University where he also worked with the baseball team.

    Prior to his time at CBU, Stephen worked with an entertainment consulting firm in Los Angeles, California where he worked with clients like: Debbie Allen, Kathy Ireland, Ray Romano, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Stephen was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Ole Miss, where he played college baseball, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. He now lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi, with his wife, two children and his pets---an ornery cat and a hyper bulldog . He enjoys spending his time bettering his community through involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, his college fraternity and his church.

  • Jo Lewis

    Jo Lewis

    Jo is in her 9th year with Executive Speakers Bureau. In her capacity as Senior Event Coordinator she writes contracts and assists clients and speakers with the logistical details pertaining to their events. Her background as a sales consultant and trainer for McGraw Hill Educational Publishing and Pearson Learning Group gives her an inside view of professional speaking.

    Born and raised in the Ozarks, Jo loves the outdoors and grew up fishing, camping, riding horses and working with her father, a veterinarian. She loved to help him with everything from delivering calves to performing surgeries. She has a degree from Missouri State University in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri in Reading Education. She spent 25 years as an educator before coming to ESB.

    Jo enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, entertaining, reading, cooking, working out and riding motorcycles.

  • Joy Cowan

    Joy Cowan

    joined the Executive Speakers Bureau August 2015 and is one of our Event Coordinators. As Event Coordinator, she writes contracts and assists clients and speakers with the logistical details pertaining to their events. She has a degree in Elementary Education, and was a classroom teacher for 15+years. For fun on the side, Joy and her husband own a photobooth business and through this venture she has found a passion in event planning for weddings, parties and corporate outings.

    Joy enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She can often be found watching her children on the soccer fields, while marching in the band and cheering,  or at church where she and her family devote much of their time.

  • Support Staff

  • Kelly Shennett

    Kelly Shennett

    joined the Executive Speakers Bureau team in 2011 and is one of our Event Coordinators. Previous to taking on this role, Kelly took on the arduous task of database administrator, updating Speaker Profiles on our corporate website. She has a degree in Communications from Temple University and spent several years in advertising before staying home with her two children. Kelly has remained true to her communications calling by working with those who speak English as a Second Language, assisting them with proper pronunciation and encouraging them to thrive here in the United States. Working with people is her passion and where she finds her greatest satisfaction.

    Kelly likes sports, loves her husband and children, and adores her pets. Ultimately though, her passion is Jesus Christ as He is the center of her life. She looks forward to serving at Executive Speakers Bureau for years to come.

  • Charles Lynch

    Charles Lynch

    was born and raised in Memphis and has a dream of innovating the digital world. Charles currently attends Christian Brothers University and is working on finishing his degree in Engineering Management. Charles is the Information Systems Manager for Executive Speakers Bureau and heads the IT side of the company. The creatively designed rotating banners on the Executive Speakers’ website, is but one of his many responsibilities.

    While handling all areas of technology for the bureau, Charles also makes time to cheer for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Tigers as he is an avid fan!

  • Poornima Sunkara

    Poornima Sunkara

    is an Information Technology Consultant with over 12 years of experience, currently on staff at Executive Speakers Bureau.Her expertise ranges from user experience, user interface, data analysis, business analysis, requirements analysis, application development, to organic search engine optimization, link building, Search engine marketing, Landing Page Optimization and Google AdWords.

    Poornima has previously worked at Archer-Malmo, Tek Systems, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Civil Rights Museum. One of the many hats Poornima wears is the Managing Partner at ebiz solutions. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her two boys.

  • Alex Suddoth

    Alex Suddoth

    is a native Memphian with a passion for computers and technology. He is currently a student at the University of Memphis studying MIS and Project Management. Alex works diligently updating our website and assisting with IT duties. With a very creative side, he is constantly coming up with new ideas and ways to improve processes. When not at work or school, Alex enjoys music, piano, video games, exercise and hanging out with family and friends.

  • Liz Jostes

    Liz Jostes

    is our Social Media Consultant, Marketer and Blogger. She currently lives in Memphis, TN. Liz is the co-owner of Eli | Rose Social Media, a social media marketing consultancy dedicated to helping small businesses, and writes a personal blog at a Belle, a Bean & a Chicago dog.

    After graduating with her B.S. in Marketing from Bradley University, she worked as a project manager and analyst for marketing firms. Combining her education, and business and consumer behavior knowledge, with her social media experience has allowed her to work helping businesses to understand and utilize social media marketing.

  • Ann Crislip

    Ann Crislip

    joined ESB in September 2014 as blogger and coordinator for social media and website content. Prior to ESB, Ann enjoyed a long career at FedEx, most recently working as a marketing product manager on fedex.com. After 28 years with a large corporation, Ann embraces the family atmosphere at ESB.

    Ann is a fourth generation Memphian and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Outside of work, Ann loves to read contemporary fiction, serve the homeless as a volunteer at Manna House Memphis, take care of her family, and beat her husband at backgammon.

  • C J Kirkland

    C J Kirkland

    C.J. is freelance writer of the blog River City Rising for Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enrich and impact local and global communities. She is also a contributing writer for Executive Speakers Bureau of Memphis and the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. C.J. recently completed her first Contemporary Fiction novel, FOR TRUE. She lives in Memphis with her husband, young son, and two dogs.

  • Sophie

    Sophie

    has been on staff at Executive Speakers Bureau for the past 12 years. An integral part of office morale, Sophie's responsibilities include greeting office visitors with passion, alerting the staff on impending lunch breaks and perching on our desks on a rotational basis to ensure work compliance. The highlight of Sophie's day is the regular FedEx delivery where she has earned numerous bones from our representative.Uninterested in chasing cats in retirement, Sophie remains dedicated and loyal to Executive Speakers Bureau.

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