President of Hire the Winners, has more than 40 years of successful business experience in sales, management, ownership.
Steve’s entrepreneurial spirit was realized when he purchased his first business, Olympic Trophies in 1975. After selling his business, Steve became a successful automotive salesman selling thousands of new and used vehicles and winning various awards for high performance. Steve’s second business, Olympic Fitness Center became a reality in 1982.
Helping people attain their physical goals, providing members with excellent equipment and facilities were a few of the reasons for the growth of this business. In addition to improving physically, Steve started a bible study in the fitness center to help people grow spiritually as well. After selling Olympic Fitness Center, Steve returned to the automotive business where he became a General Sales Manager in 1986 and General Manager in 1989.
In 1992 Steve left the automobile business and started Team Builders Consulting. He was contracted by Chrysler and Saturn Corporations to assist in creating a more customer friendly buying experience through customer focused processes. As a subject matter expert in automotive retail, Steve and his team consulted, wrote and implemented culture change, sales processes and new product launches. This was achieved through numerous high energy workshops, Ride & Drive initiatives and in-store consulting. In 1995 Steve became partner and General Manager at Addy’s Harbor Imports in Myrtle Beach, SC where he took a store that was losing money and turned it around by implementing customer focus processes and hiring great people. In November of 1998 Steve became General Manager of Flow Auto Plaza in Winston-Salem, NC and was offered a partnership in 2001. Steve remained with the Flow organization until 2008 when he partnered with Lee Kemp as President of Hire the Winners and operational partner. Steve has a deep passion for helping people. He brought this passion to Hire the Winners during one of the most challenging economic times in the recent past. Working with friends and business owners, as well as listening to his customers, Steve is using his God-given gifts to grow a successful recruiting company that helps companies hire great people.
Steve has served as past president of Salem Pregnancy Care Center in Winston-Salem. He has also served on Buick and Cadillac regional marketing boards. Steve has been actively involved in various church activities and committees.
Steve enjoys sharing life with his children and eleven grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, gardening, tennis, pickleball, and golf (time permitting). Steve's faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of his life. He has been privileged to study and teach God's Word for the past 44 years which is the driving force in his love for people.
Former Ford Dealer for 14 years, and founder and partner of Hire the Winners (Business Recruiting firm), and is a keynote speaker, educator, author and seminar presenter who has spoken to audiences around the world.
Known as one of the greatest wrestlers in United States history, Lee coached the US Olympic team to victory in Beijing (2008 was a member of the US Olympic Team as an athlete (1980), a 3x World Champion (1978, 1979, 1982) and is one of only five Americans in the International Wrestling Hall of Fame (FILA). Lee won 3 NCAA titles in college losing only on a split referee’s decision in his freshman year keeping him from being the 1st 4-time NCAA champion in US history. After his freshman year Lee didn’t lose another collegiate bout posting 108 victories and one draw against collegiate competition that included a win over the legendary Dan Gable.
Lee has been featured in Sports Illustrated and Life magazine alongside other Olympic greats such as Michael Jordan, Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses and Greg Louganis.
Following a difficult childhood in foster care in Cleveland, Ohio, Lee was adopted at age five and raised on a farm in Chardon, Ohio, a rural Northeast Ohio town. He brings his unique story of loss, courage and success to inspire, motivate and empower his audiences.
An entrepreneur with an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Nutritional Certification from the Global College of Natural Medicine, Lee's athletic, academic and business background provide a level of exposure, experience and knowledge that keeps him in demand and makes him one of today's most sought after speakers.
Kemp remains active on the wrestling scene, teaching and mentoring youth, high school, college and Olympic level wrestlers at training facilities across the country, including the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Following his passion for healthy living Lee frequently lectures to audiences on nutrition, health and wellness.
Also Lee Kemp is the subject of a feature length, film documentary on his life called "Wrestled Away: The Lee Kemp Story", available on most Video On Demand platforms.
Lee resides in, Central Coast California, near his three grown children.