Brian Hoover Joins Agape Memphis as Director of Development
Brian Hoover has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of development. In his new role, Hoover will be responsible for leading Agape’s development efforts, such as fundraising and special events. He will also oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and volunteer initiatives.
Hometown: Pleasant City, Ohio
Work Experience: Technology sales and sales leadership roles with SunGard, Asentinel, EMC and HardMetrics since 1994.
Family: Sara, wife and best friend for 15 years; Collin, 11; Kyler, 6; Kam, 5; baby girl due to arrive in September.
Favorite quote: “Excellence always sells.” – Earl Nightingale
Favorite movies: “Braveheart” and “Remember the Titans”
The sports team(s) you root for: College football rocks! Ohio State Buckeyes and Arkansas Razorbacks.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Country music or hip-hop. Unfortunately, I’m not good at remembering lyrics and/or artists, so I usually don’t know that info. Since my boys usually pick the station, I rely on them for those details.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Hanging out with my family and friends, coaching, mountain/road biking and working out.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the guitar.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Don McLaughlin. Don is a minister and spirit-filled man that played the father figure role in my life when I was young. Without Don and his influence at a young age, I would not be here today.
What attracted you to Agape Child & Family Services? Agape has an unwavering commitment to real and collaborative philanthropic work across the city. Loving God radically – and loving people the same way – is at the center of it all. I’m humbled to be part of this mission.
What are your goals as director of development? Leverage my professional and personal experiences to be the best development resource in Memphis. I want to embrace the Agape mission and use my skills to lead my team effectively, engage others, and create awareness and support for people in need.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? In 2009, I decided to be more intentional and proactive about living a balanced and purposeful life with my wife and children. My career decisions since then have been exclusively focused on quality time with my family. As a man, leading my family is my No. 1 priority.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with a talented team of people that are dedicated to serving a mission that is bigger than us.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Follow your dreams and pursue your passions. However, don’t lose yourself or the value of others in the process.