| || Louis Upkins, partner, GiANT Impact |
Areas of expertise: Leadership, marketing, branding
Partner of GiANT Impact, a company that produces the world’s largest one-day leadership event, and author of Treat Me Like A Customer, Louis Upkins is an entrepreneur, having spent most of his career in branding and marketing. Committed to bringing ideas to life, Upkins has worked with some of the largest names in a variety of industries, including Oprah, Starbucks, Product (RED), The Olympic Games, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, The Kings of Comedy Tour (Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac), Luther Vandross, UPS, Cracker Barrel, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, O’Charley’s, Burger King, McDonald's, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Fleetguard.
His products have been featured in many prominent, influential national publications, such as Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and People.
Upkins is the founder of Leadership Sports, which marries the worlds of professional athletes to the corporate space; is on the Friends of Warner Parks Board and YMCA Executive Board, and has served on the advisory boards of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Leadership Middle Tennessee, New Hope Academy and the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation.
In May 2007, Upkins served as co-chairman of the highly successful Luis Palau Nashville Cityfest, which was attended by nearly 100,000 at Nashville’s riverfront.