"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde
“I was best dressed in high school, at Farragut, which is saying something.”
As Founder of Lirio, Jeremy combines years of experience starting, running, and guiding the strategic direction of businesses. He has a rare combination of bold, creative vision and a drive toward execution, but also a passion for building and driving high-performing teams. Jeremy is an advocate of the principle, “highest and best,” which is evidenced in the work Lirio is doing, “We’re allowing people to be the very best at connecting with others, and we’re empowering that connection through the technology that is running in the background.”
Work & Education:
Founder, Lirio, 2018–Present
President, CEO at Lirio, 2016–2018
President at BPV Capital Management, 2015–2016
Chief Marketing Officer at BPV Capital Management, 2013–2016
Adjunct Professor in MBA Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2012
President at Bluegill Creative, 2010–2013
Principal at Eluminare, 2008–2010
Vice President of Marketing & Technology at Holrob Commercial Realty, 2005–2008
General Partner at FirmWorks, 2004–2005
Web Developer at NBII, 2003–2005
Web Developer at U.S. Geological Survey, 2000–2005
Juris Doctor Law Degree, University of Tennessee, 2006
B.A., English & Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University, 2001
Jeremy’s core values include honesty, follow-through, genuineness, and authenticity, which is why he invests in long-term, loyal relationships. With an unquenchable curiosity, Jeremy sees himself as a lifelong student of leadership, business, and technology. He believes in leading from the purpose of the product. He is also a licensed attorney in Tennessee.
Mac or PC: “Mac, big time. I am a fanboy about it. I am in nervous anticipation about my iPhone…”
Artist of note: “I like Van Gogh—not because he’s cliché. I love art in a very deep, weird way.”
Favorite thing from childhood: “When I was little, I used to tell people I liked bugs, and they would think insects. Then, I told them my dad was in the FBI and I like surveillance equipment. True story.”
About his pocket squares: “I was best dressed in high school, at Farragut, which is saying something. Then in college, it was a goatee, forest green, and Birkenstock brown—I was a philosophy major. Then, I worked for the federal government, so I basically went into khaki Oxford season. Then, I went to law school and my hair was like it is now, but I would compress it back … I went to work for a real estate developer who was an incredible dresser … so then I realized I liked dressing up. That’s when I got into pocket squares.”
Affiliations & Honors:
Board Member for Bijou Theatre.
Board Member for Knoxville Chamber.
Member of Nucleus Knoxville.
Allocations Panel Member for United Way of Greater Knoxville.
Former Board Member for Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian.
Former Loaned Executive for United Way of Greater Knoxville.
Former Co-leader of men’s group for Christian Leadership Concept.
Former Director of Marketing for Entrepreneurs of Knoxville.
Former Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.