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It all started with the Kroger Company. As a college student working for Kroger, Roper helped create the national food bank program. “Donate, Don’t Dump.” now called “Bringing Hope to the Table.” Kroger is now the largest donor to food bank programs in the United States.  Roper worked for the University of Memphis where his career path took him to Vice-President of Advancement.  Roper also worked in the healthcare field and was President of Methodist Healthcare Foundation where he raised funds for 13 hospitals in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.  Roper was promoted as Executive to the President at the University of Memphis for Government Relations and Public Policy where he spent 15 years working in Nashville and Washington on funding and policy issues.

 

Through his work, the University received over $400 million in research and capital funded projects transforming the University of Memphis campus. Capital projects included the Wilson Hotel, Fed Ex Institute, Downtown Law School, Community Health Building (Nursing and School of Communication Sciences and Disorders) and University of Memphis Lambuth in Jackson, Tennessee.  Roper developed funding at the federal and state levels for several research initiatives including Operation Blue Crush, The Groundwater Institute, Transportation Institute, and Memphis Research Consortium.  He also directed and worked with the Tennessee Legislature to pass the most comprehensive K-12 financial literacy program in the United States.

During his academic career, Roper worked as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University in Homeland Security and taught non-profit management at the University of Memphis until 2015 when he retired.

Roper started his consulting company in 2005 and has worked with over 30 clients in Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma supporting strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and branding.

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Kevin Roper has spent the last 35 years of his career in retail, healthcare, higher education, and consulting. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and branding, developing national and state programs for - clinical research, academic research, and public policy.

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