LeRoy Thompson accepted Governor Bill Haslam’s appointment as Regional Director to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Develop-ment in October 2012 and served the State until December 31, 2014. During his tenure, Thompson spearheaded 33 major corporate projects that resulted in more than $1 billion in new capital investment, leading to the creation of thou-sands of new jobs across East Tennessee. Thompson transitioned from his State role to found LeRoy Thompson Consultants, LLC (“LTC”), a private consul-tancy which delivers professional business development, project management, and community and government affairs services to select clients.
Thompson is a business and community leader who also was founder and presi-dent and CEO of BDT Development & Management, LLC (“BDT”), a real es-tate development and construction firm specializing in the management of di-verse public and private projects, from 2002 to 2012. BDT developed, design built, and managed a wide variety of retail shopping centers, clinics, single and multi-family residences, and commercial projects at its own risk and as an Own-er’s Representative on behalf of city and county governments, economic devel-opment agencies, retail franchises, non-profits, and diverse private companies. Thompson’s company was a featured small business in Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s Economic Development Guide, a Knoxville Chamber Minority Busi-ness of the Year Pinnacle Award finalist, and a two time recipient of the Knox-ville Beautification Project award for its work on multiple center city develop-ment projects. In additional to holding other executive level positions in market-ing and sales firms and non-profits, Thompson has served as a board member for the Knoxville Chamber, Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation, Universi-ty of Tennessee Cancer Institute, University of Tennessee Board of Visitors, Leadership Knoxville, Knoxville Family Justice Center, Project Grad, and City of Knoxville Golf Board, among others. Thompson has been widely acknowl-edged with many accolades and awards for his dedication to community and public service, particularly for the benefit of under-privileged youth and adults.
Thompson is a former Penn State standout and a veteran star National Football League running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He credits much of his creative corpo-rate training modules and inspirational speeches to lifelong lessons learned first-hand from Hall of Fame Coaches including Joe Paterno, Chuck Noll, Bill Cow-her, Bill Parcels, and Tony Dungy.
Thompson is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Communica-tions.
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