Cortney Piper started her company in 2008 at the height of the recession. Thanks to her focus on energy, technology and getting results, Piper’s business grew rapidly in its first four months.
Piper ran for Knox County Commission in 2008, and as a result, landed a spot as a political pundit on WATE’s Tennessee This Week. When she’s not discussing current events with government and civic leaders, she stays busy doing a variety of other things. If you want to know specifics, keep reading.
A client once called Piper a “GSD’er.” When he saw the puzzled look on Piper’s face, he explained that it was a compliment—GSD is short for “Get Stuff Done.” That’s what Piper likes to do: get results.
Piper grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and moved to Knoxville to swim for The University of Tennessee. She graduated with honors and earned degrees in political science and environmental sociology.
Fifteen years of 5 a.m. workouts taught Piper to take initiative and to be persistent until she achieved the desired outcome. Piper also learned how to balance her athletic, professional, and personal goals.
In fact, “balance” is the perfect word to describe her work in communications and what she calls “bridge building.” Being forward-thinking enables Piper Communications to establish clear lines of communication with people who have diverse backgrounds, goals, agendas, and political affiliations.
When she’s not working…
Piper enjoys watching UT sports and Red Wings hockey, keeping up on the latest news and current events and going for walks in her Holston Hills neighborhood. On early mornings these days, you’ll find her at CrossFit Ktown instead of a swimming pool.
She’s an active executive committee member of the East Tennessee Economic Council, Chairs the Visit Knoxville Board of Directors, and served as the Chair of the City of Knoxville’s Better Building Board for six years. She’s a graduate of the Leadership Oak Ridge class of 2009 and Leadership Knoxville class of 2013. In addition, Piper serves on The University of Tennessee Political Science Department’s Board of Advisors, is the 2014 recipient of the Postma Young Professional Medal and was named to the 2014 Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty class.
Piper and her husband Barry Armstrong live in East Knoxville with their formally feral cat, Freda.
Learn more about our President! Piper was also recently featured on Hallerin Hilton Hill’s “Anything is Possible” TV show.